Charlene Wittstock next year, comparisons will inevitably be made with the
star-studded wedding of Albert’s father, Rainier, over half a century
daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family, was one of the society events of the
European royalty, at the time seeking to emerge from the austerity of the
post-war years, and American-style wealth and glamour.
wealthy Irish-American family who had become a successful Hollywood actress in
the early 1950s.
of Mediterranean coastline featuring a palace poised on a rock and a famous
casino – since 1950. His princely Grimaldi family claims roots back to the late
festival in the nearby French resort of Cannes; Kelly was reportedly invited to
meet the prince by a journalist from Paris Match, the glossy French magazine
that would later provide regular coverage of princely affairs.
were the Western High Noon (1952), Mogambo by John Ford (1953) and several works
directed by Alfred Hitchcock, notably Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, both
made in 1954.
civil ceremony, attended only by close friends and during which Grace wore a
beige lace dress, followed by a church ceremony at the Monaco Cathedral.
Helen Rose and made by the props department at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios
London, the Kelly-Rainier wedding was televised worldwide, including the tour of
the principality in an open car.
was to give up her film career after the marriage, during which she produced
three children: Caroline, born in 1957, Albert, born the following year, and
Stephanie, who appeared on the scene in 1965.
of the principality’s precipitous roads on September 14 1982.
and died in 2005.