Palace Announces Princess Charlene will Reunite With Family for Christmas in 'Reassuring Recovery'

After a difficult year, Princess Charlene of Monaco is looking forward to sharing the holidays with her family.

Palace Announces Princess Charlene will Reunite With Family for Christmas in 'Reassuring Recovery'

PEOPLE received a statement on Thursday from Charlene, 43. She continues her recovery with "encouraging" results. She will see her husband Prince Albert and her children over the next few days, according to PEOPLE.

"Princess Charlene" is undergoing a satisfactory and reassuring recovery, the palace statement states. However, it cautions that "although it may be a few months before her health has fully recovered,"

Albert, 63, will visit the princess over the holiday season with his 7-year-old twins Prince Jacques (Prince Gabriella).

Prince Albert stated earlier this month that he still considers a personal visit to the children his top priority. He said, "It's something we most desire most." The family is currently planning to spend time at the unnamed location where Charlene is being cared for.

After being "grounded” in South Africa for six month over medical issues, Princess Charlene returned to Monaco in November. She had also undergone several surgeries that involved complications of ENT (ear nose and throat). A joint statement by Princess Charlene and her husband announced that she was suffering from "profound general fatigue" just days later. This forced her to stop participating in public activities such as Monaco's traditional National Day ceremonies.

After the palace statement, Prince Albert said to PEOPLE that Charlene, the family, and the medical team of Charlene had agreed on treatment that included clinical rest. This would be "for privacy reasons" and must take place outside of Monaco.

Charlene's decision was described by the Prince as voluntary. "She had already made her choice, and we wanted her to confirm it before us. This was what she wanted. She knew it was the best thing for her to take a break and receive a medically-framed treatment.

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The princess has posted two photos since her departure from the public eye. On Tuesday, December 10, she posted photos of her children at their "countdown" birthday party and on Tuesday, a family Christmas portrait.

Thursday's preChristmas advisory from palace concluded that "once she is healthy enough, the Princess looks forward spending time with Monegasque people. Before asking that the Prince and Princess respectfully request that their family privacy be respected during the remaining period.

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