Today is the anniversary of Grace Kelly’s marriage to Prince Rainer of Monaco in 1956. As Grace Kelly and her last film, High Society, was the inspiration for our shop, we thought we’d mark her anniversary with some fun trivia and beautiful photographs from the ultimate fairytale wedding between a glamorous Hollywood star and her Prince.
Prince Rainier gave Grace a 12 carat emerald cut engagement ring, which she can be seen wearing in High Society. In the film, Bing Crosby looks at the ring and jokes ‘Some stone, did you mine it yourself?’ You can see the size of it in this photoshoot from the film:
As is traditional in Monaco, Grace married Rainier in a civil wedding on April 18th and then had a full religious ceremony on the 19th. The entire adult population of Monaco – 3000 people – was invited to the celebration gala after the civil wedding. As their gift, the people of Monaco gave the couple a cream and black Rolls Royce convertiable. After their religious ceremony, Grace and Rainier drove through the streets of Monaco in it.
Grace’s wedding dress was designed by Helen Rose, MGM’s costume designer, who had also created Grace’s wardrobe for High Society. The dress was a wedding present from the studio, along with the full wardrobe from the film. The iconic and demure gown was made from floral lace that was over a century old.
As a wedding present, Rainier gave Grace a Van Cleef & Arpels set of a pearl necklace, braclet and earrings. He also had a perfume created especially for her to wear on the day, called Fleurissimo. Rainier also gave Grace a yacht, called ‘Deo Juvante II’ as a wedding present. The couple then travelled around the Mediteranean in it for their honeymoon.
Grace became Her Serene Highness, Princess of Monaco. We think Grace was the epitome of glamour and style, and never more so than on her wedding day. As Oscar de la Renta said:
“On her wedding day, Grace Kelly gave new meaning to the word icon. Her whole look, from the regal veil to the feminine lace details and the conservative gown, made her an ageless bride.”