Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene

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There's another royal baby on the way!

Monaco's Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have just announced that they're expecting their first child at the end of the year.

The royals are said to be over the moon about their impending arrival, sharing that they were filled with "immense joy" in a short statement.

In the latest Italian issue of Vanity Fair, the princess hinted at the good news by revealing that she was ready to start a family.

"I want motherhood very much, but everything is in God's hands," she told the magazine.

"As a couple we have been through many difficult moments and profound changes in our personal lives, but being together has always been a challenge that has brought us together. I have boundless confidence in our love."

She added, "Prince Albert is my husband, but he has also always been my best friend, and has been able to help me overcome obstacles that seemed insurmountable."

The 36-year-old South African former Olympic swimmer married the royal on July 1, 2011.

There's been quite the baby boom in Monaco's royal family over the last year.

Albert's niece, Charlotte Casiraghi, and nephew, Andrea Casiraghi, have both welcomed sons in the last few months.

And while the current heir to the throne is Albert's sister, Caroline, it looks like there's yet another little one to potentially rule the principality.


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