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ranier and graceAt the premier of The Swan, at the Cannes Film Festival, Grace was invited to meet Monaco's crown head, Rainier Grimaldi II.  To help boost the principalities financial situation, one of Rainier’s advisors decided, the allure of the Hollywood actress would be a great help.  A journalist arranged for her to meet His Serene Highness Prince Rainier Grimaldi in Monaco, but Grace canceled the meeting because of an appointment with a hairdresser.  Rainier did, however, keep in touch with Grace and over Christmas, on Rainier's trip to America in 1955, he traveled to the United States to join the Kelly's for their annual Christmas party. The family welcomed him, although they had had no former knowledge of Rainier or his kingdom.  Only three days later Grace and Prince Rainier announced their marriage plans, but only after a mandatory fertility test, proving she would be capable of bearing heirs to the Grimaldi throne.  Bridesmaids
Grace sailed to her destiny that waited in the small province in Southern France. Her heart and hand went to Prince Rainier of Monaco on April 19, 1956. Even if she hadn't been born to royal blood, she was beautiful, famous, and a devout Roman Catholic from a wealthy background.  Kelly abandoned her acting career to become Princess Grace.

The wedding was one of the most lavish, most highly attended and most reported events of the decade.  Many of Grace's Hollywood friends and around 1,500 journalists attended the wedding.  Many said Grace fit the princess role perfectly and the wedding became known as the “Wedding of the Century.’

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