April 19, 1956

On this day in 1956, Irish-American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and became Princess Grace of Monaco. The two met while Kelly was filming Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief in the French Riviera. As Princess of Monaco, Kelly retired from acting and founded AMADE Mondiale, a Monaco-based non-profit organization eventually recognized by the UN as a Non-Governmental Organization. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace had three children: Caroline Louise Marguerite – Princess of Hanover and now heiress presumptive to the throne of Monaco, Albert II – Prince of Monaco current ruler of the Principality of Monaco, and Princess Stéphanie Marie Elisabeth.

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