Is your surname Grimaldi?

Research the Grimaldi family

Grace Kelly's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Grace Patricia Grimaldi (Kelly), Princess consort of Monaco

Also Known As: "Gracie", "Graciebird"
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died in Monaco Hospital
Cause of death: car accident
Place of Burial: Grimaldi family vault; Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John B. Kelly, Sr.; John Kelly; Margaret Katherine Kelly and Margaret Kelly
Wife of Rainier III Prince of Monaco and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
Mother of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Princess of Monaco; <private> Grimaldi; <private> Ducruet (Grimaldi); Albert II Grimaldi, Prince of Monaco and Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
Sister of Margaret Conlan (Kelly); John Brenden Kelly, Jr. and Elizabeth Anne LeVine

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Ofir Friedman
Last Updated:
view all 12

Grace Kelly's Timeline

November 12, 1929
Philadelphia, PA, USA
- 1951
Age 17
New York, New York, United States
April 19, 1956
Age 26

April 19, 1956, at 9:30 a.m., 600 guests at the St. Nicholas Cathedral witnessed the religious wedding ceremony at a high mass that was celebrated by the Bishop of Monaco. The flowers decorating the altar and church included white lilacs, hydrangeas, lilies, and snapdragons. It was called "the wedding of the century" by the press. It is estimated that 30 million people watched the wedding on television.

The matron of Honor was Grace's sister, Peggy. There were six bridesmaids. They all wore yellow organdy dresses. The six junior attendants (4 girls and 2 boys) were all dressed in white.

Guests included Cary Grant, Aga Khan, David Niven, Gloria Swanson, Aristotle Onassis, Ava Gardner, heads of state, and diplomats.

The people of Monaco gave the couple a cream and black Rolls-Royce convertible. The luncheon reception was held in the Palace Court of Honor. They sliced the six-tier wedding cake with the Prince's sword.

Their honeymoon was a cruise aboard the "Deo Juvante II" with stops in Villegranche, Spain, and Corsica. Grace reportedly was frequently seasick.

Wedding Attire:
Prince Rainier wore a Napoleonic military type of uniform that he designed himself.

Grace's wedding gown was a gift from the MGM Studio and designed by Helen Rose. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace. She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms, and a veil of 90 yards of tulle. The chief hairstylist at MGM Studios, Sydney Guilaroff, styled Grace's hair for her wedding. Grace carried a small Bible and a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley.

January 23, 1957
Age 27

Princess Caroline's birth, 21 guns announced the event, a national holiday was called, gambling ceased, and free champagne flowed throughout the principality

March 14, 1958
Age 28

101 guns announced the birth of Prince Albert

February 1, 1965
Age 35
Monaco, Monaco
June 28, 1978
Age 48
Monte Carlo, Monaco
September 14, 1982
Age 52
Monaco Hospital

On September 13, 1982, while driving with her daughter Stephanie to Monaco from their country home, Princess Grace, then 52, suffered a stroke, causing her Rover P6 to plunge 100 feet down a mountainside. Princess Grace died the next day without regaining consciousness. Princess Grace was buried in the Grimaldi family vault on September 18, 1982, after a requiem mass in Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco. Prince Rainier, who never remarried after Kelly’s death, was buried alongside her following his death in 2005.