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Friday, April 17, 2009

Princess Grace of Monaco,the Wedding Anniversary







The Princess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco blooms 53 years to the date after American film star Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainier in what many call the wedding of the century. She left Philadelphia and a Hollywood career behind, boarded a ship with her family, poodle and 80 pieces of luggage for her fairytale marriage. They were officially wed in a civil ceremony attended by only 80 close family and friends April 18, 1956 and the following morning held the elaborate Catholic Mass.
She wore a pale pink taffeta dress with cream colored Alençon lace, white kid gloves and a Juliet cap in the civil ceremony where they exchanged their vows in French and celebrated that evening at the Opera House in Monte Carlo. The next day, nervous but glowing in a gown of antique valenciennes rose point lace, 25 yards of silk taffeta and 98 yards of tulle, a gift from MGM, Grace Kelly walked down the aisle. Before over 400 heads of State and numerous Hollywood stars, in a ceremony where the bridal couple looked straight ahead, never at each other according to protocol, Grace Kelly married into one of Europe's oldest royal families, becoming Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco.
At the wedding luncheon which followed, the royal couple cut the 6-tier wedding cake with the groom’s sword and then left on his yacht for their Mediterranean honeymoon. She wore a 12 carat emerald cut engagement ring and lived the regal life. Nine months and four days following her marriage, their first child was born, followed by two other children. She helped the Grimaldi family turn this dissolute country in the French Riviera into the playground for the rich and famous. She helped many and was loved by all. But tragedy came to the principality when their Princess was killed in a car wreck in 1982. The Prince dedicated the flower garden of over 4,000 roses in memory of his beloved wife in 1984.

The white gown worn by Princess Grace in the official portrait that hangs at the Palace was designed by Tennesseean Jeanne Dudley Smith of Nashville. Jeanne's custom created bridal, debutante and formal gowns are worn by women around the world.

Princess Grace of Monaco Pan Bagnat

These stuffed sandwiches are popular in Monaco and in France.
4 round rolls
2 anchovies, rinsed & chopped (or tuna it varies)
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, minced optional
2 small black olives, rinsed, pitted
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 egg, hard boiled & chopped
1 tbsp vinegar
Slice the roll in half horizontally. Remove part of the bread to allow
space for the filling. Divide all the filling evenly among the 4 rolls.
Begin by drizzling the bottom of the rolls with a little oil. Drop some
onion, bell pepper, tomato, egg, anchovy (if you are using it) and olives
into each roll bottom. Season to your taste with vinegar. Cover the rollwith the top half. Serve cold.

22 comments:

Preppy 101 said...

I still love to watch the movies that she was in. I mean her beauty is just stunning. Unmatched by anyone else - ever, I think.

Cedar ... said...

Good grief! has it been THAT long, seems like just last week! I'm really showing my age with that comment! I was a young teen at the time she married her Prince,... and totally in awe of Grace Kelly.

bj said...

I graduated from high school the year they married. It was just like a Hollywood movie.
We, along with the world, was just heartbroken when she was killed. Rumor had it that it was her young daughter driving on that fateful day..

Gaston Studio said...

Like Cedar, I was in my early teens and was totally ga ga over an American marrying a Prince. What a fairytale it was to me.

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Joycee said...

Fascinating post! I loved the pictures and the fairytale life that she had. Doesn't every woman dream of a Prince sweeping her off her feet?! Martha Stewart had Vera Wang Bridal on yesterday and it was so light and airy...no longer 25 yard of material in a gown.

Blue Eyed Tango said...

My mom just adored her. I know many people are saying Katherine Heigel is a modern day Grace Kelly? Beautiful post as always! Thanks for sharing! Lu

Raggedy Girl said...

What a lovely post. She really was a true princess. Such class in a world that has forgotten what class really looks like. Nice post.


Roberta Anne-the Raggedy Girl

Lori E said...

Princess Grace was like a fairy tale I think. What a life she had.

KBeau said...

Thanks for posting that. We were in Monaco just last month as part of our trip to Paris and the French Riviera. Saw Grace and Ranier's graves in the cathedral. They still love her.

Mama said...

Hello Libby, This truly was a fairy tale, the official painting of Princess Grace and her gown are stunning. Monaco is on our wish list. I love your blog and your tablescapes are exquisite. Happy Weekend, Kathy.

angie said...

I had never heard all those wonderful little details. I'm so glad you shared them...

susan said...

I can't believe a native Tennesseean designed the gown ?!?--I'm impressed--and glad I didn't know about Jeanne D. Smith when we were looking at gowns for my daughter :)I have always thought Grace Kelly to be one of the most beautiful women in the world--she oozed class!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Grace Kelly was a beautiful woman and made a beautiful Princess. It really doesn't get much more "classic" than her. Thanks for the recipe -- that one will go in my book.

Dianne said...

Nice post about a former Philadelphian. I was raised about 12 miles from Philly. My cousin was a friend of the Kelly's and went to the wedding! This was a few years before my time.
A few years ago, I saw the actual wedding dress at the Phila. Art Museum-so tiny. Also saw Princess Diana's Elvis dress.

Joyce said...

I have tears in my eyes remembering this real life fairy tale Princess. What a romance. I would often pass by her family home down at the Jersey shore which she spent summers while growing up. I would love to visit her rose garden in Monaco one day. Thanks for bringing back lovely memories of the Princess and posting the recipe. I enjoy your posts.
Joyce

Bren said...

I love visiting your page. I am looking for an icon I and use to link you on my Garden site. It is always a wonderful visit when I click on.

Princess Grace passed away when I was 11 but I remember reading about her life because I was a big fan of Princess Diana of Whales. What a wonderful time in history we were able to witness through these wonderful womens' lives. It is so sad to think our children may never witness a true love affair as these too wonderful woman.

God Bless - and visit my garden some time dear friend.

RockerJewlz said...

I wonder if there are any photos of the pink dress? I've only seen the white. What a fabulous posting, Libby. Very entertaining.

ann said...

pure fairy tale,until she died of course.i remember the day.so sad...ann

Miss Janice said...

I've been there and it was like a dream...this is a beautiful post and I love the recipe!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sweet and sad story...I always thought she was sooo beautiful. Susan

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