Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Princess Grace of Monaco - April 19th

April 19, 1956 - The wedding of Princess Grace and Prince Ranier of Monaco was dubbed "The Wedding Of the Century".

On April 18, 1956 in the throne room of the palace of Monaco, Grace went through the first part of her marriage, the civil ceremony, which was required by Monegasque law as the same is required in France.
 On April 19, 1956 the wedding took place in the St. Nicholas Church. As an agreement with MGM, Grace and Rainier's wedding was to be filmed and then released as a movie back in America. The agreement was made because Grace had to break her 7 year contract with MGM. To say the least the wedding was beautiful, despite the cameras and high powered lights. Although it's said that Grace herself hated the intrusion of the camera's at her wedding, but she still looked stunning!
Princess Grace's wedding gown was designed by Helen Rose, the head designer at MGM. The studio gave her the gown as a gift. After the wedding there was a garden party in the grounds of the palace attended by 600 guests including Hollywood stars such as Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and David Niven. Then at 5 'o clock that evening Prince Rainier's yacht "Deo Juvante" (the same that came to pick Grace up when she first arrived) set sailed for their honeymoon around the Mediteranean. Grace Kelly was now officially Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco!
For her wedding jewelry, Prince Rainier commissioned Van Cleef and Arpels to create a suite of wedding jewelry for her; a pair of post earrings surrounded by marquis diamonds, a double strand pearl and diamond bracelet and a matching necklace.

Here's a wonderful version of Princess Grace's wedding earrings, the "Grace" 

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