I was very young when Prince Albert’s mother, Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier. The wedding was so beautiful and almost every little girlfriend that I had wanted to marry a Prince and live happily ever after.
As life would have it we all found out that marriage to a Prince and living happily ever after actually only happens in “fairytales”.
I did marry a man who is not only a good husband, father and grandfather but also my best friend…and that is no fairytale!
I wish this newly married Prince and Princess all the best and the strength to deal with what life brings them.
In recap after recap of the royal wedding today in Monaco, I noticed that when the television camera was on the groom, Prince Albert II, during the vows, you could see Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, in the background.
And when the camera moved to the bride, Charlene Wittstock, you could see Giorgio Armani. How odd was that? And they were seated behind royals and heads of state. Just advantageous placement, I guess, for a couple of lords of fashion. Karl Lagerfeld, a longtime friend of Princess Caroline — she was dressed in pale pink and a wide-brimmed hat — also attended the wedding at the palace.
The MGM Wedding Dress for Princess Grace
At the time, film star Grace Kelly was tied to an MGM contract for another 7 years. To get out of her 7 year contract with MGM Grace Kelly had to agree to the wedding being filmed by MGM for worldwide distribution. In later days she regretted the filming intruding on her wedding day.
The wedding gown was made from antique Valenciennes rose point lace, twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and ninety eight yards of tulle. Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls.
Prince Rainier designed the Napoleonic influenced dress uniform himself.
After the wedding the couple held a garden party for residents of Monaco. I have been unable to find out what they ate as a reception meal, but I’m sure it was more elaborate than the wedding breakfast described below!
The wedding photo below shows the entourage of Maids of Honour and bridesmaids wearing their special dresses. I like to think of those bodices and full semi sheer sleeves as in June Allyson style.