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Prince Albert and his sister got into the holiday spirit by throwing a fancy dress party for local children
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Princess Stephanie thrilled their young guests by helping Santa with his duties
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Monaco royals delight kids with gift-giving treat

20 DECEMBER 2007

A group of lucky children in Monaco had an unforgettable holiday experience when Santa Claus dropped into the royal palace to make his deliveries.

In a long-held festive tradition the Monegasque ruler Prince Albert and his sister Princess Stephanie had turned the family's official residence into a giant present-giving arena.

There were enthusiastic scenes as the little ones, eyes wide as saucers, received their gifts, which were rather more substantial than ordinary stocking-fillers. Among the surprises when the wrapping paper was ripped off were toy helicopters, pirate ships and trucks.

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