May 4, 1956: Prince Rainier and Princess Grace watch glass blowers at work spinning a delicate vase in the Gordhola glass blowing shops on the Balearic island of Mallorca. The honeymooning couple visited the shops where artisans carry on their work exactly as they have done for centuries, before boarding their yacht, Deo Juvante II, to continue their cruise.
January 5, 1956: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco leave the Philadelphia Country Club after a luncheon where they formally announced their engagement. They later received the press for a conference at the Kelly family home.
Grace wore a brocaded beige silk dress and carried one of her signature Hermès “Kelly” bags.
An official proclamation of the forthcoming nuptials of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco was first made in Monaco on Thursday, January 5, 1956 and then a few hours later by Grace’s father in Philadelphia.
A press conference was held the same day at the Kelly family home in Philadelphia after the announcement. More than 40 American and European reporters and 25 photographers and cameramen attended the press conference.
April 19, 1956 - To fulfill the requirements of French law, and Roman Catholic rules on marriage, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco had both civil and religious weddings. The church ceremony took place at Monaco’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral. The ceremony was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television.
April 18, 1956 - To fulfill the requirements of French law, and Roman Catholic rules on marriage, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco had both civil and religious weddings. The 40-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne of Monaco.
57 years ago today…
The civil marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco took place in the throne room of the Palais Princier on the morning of April 18, 1956.
The 40-minute ceremony was performed in front of approximately 80 guests by Monaco’s highest legal authority, the minister of justice.
After taking their vows, the couple was pronounced legally married.