Today, we honor Princess Grace of Monaco (1929-1982), who died on this same day in 1982 in a car accident in France.
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, USA. She was a film actress and the wife of Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Grace was the Princess Consort of Monaco from 1956 until her death in 1982.
Grace Kelly embarked on her acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, and immediately became a star. She was considered to be the most beautiful, highest paid and well-respected actresses in the world during the 50's, starring in movies like Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief, The Swan, and Mogabambo. Grace would forever be immortalized in 1954 when she won the award for Best Actress in the Academy Awards for her role in The Country Girl.
While serving on the US Delegation Committee at the Cannes Film Festival in France, she managed to dazzle Prince Rainier III of Monaco, whom she later married and had three children with; Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie. When Grace became a princess, she gave up her acting career, but forever remained in the news with her marriage and her three children.
On September 13, 1982, Grace suffered a stroke while driving with her daughter Stephanie in the French countryside and sustained irreparable injuries. She was pronounced dead at the hospital a day later, on September 14, 1982 at the age of 52. The inscription at her burial site in Monaco's cathedral refers to her as "üxor pincipis" (prince's wife) and her restings remain at the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Monaco.
M/Y GRACE HISTORY:
Built in 1928, the glamorous Camper & Nicholsons yacht, M/Y Grace, has a very rich history that includes a brief stint in the British Navy during WWII, ownership by millionaire tycoons like Aristotle Onassis, being the vacation home for Winston Churchill and being the honeymoon vessel for Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco in the 50's.
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Aristotle Onassis presented the yacht as a wedding gift to Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly in 1956. The royal couple honeymooned aboard the yacht—which they christened Deo Juvente II—along the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia. They kept her until 1958, when a Monegasque businessman purchased her and renamed her Daska.
Today M/Y Grace is an icon in the Galapagos Islands, and her name is a representation of the princess' beauty, elegance and prestige. Her past is relived by all those who journey aboard her, as she plies the waters of the Galapagos Islands, once again the elegant hostess to carefree, adventurous, perfect parties.
Property of Quasar Expeditions since 2007, M/Y Grace today offers the perfect combination of history, elegance and adventure in the one-of-a-kind Galapagos Islands. To learn more, click here - Grace Yacht History.
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