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The Grave of Princess Grace of Monaco
After our half-day tour of Nice and Eze, we used our free time in Monte Carlo to climb the inclined walk-way up to the "Prince's Palace." From the Place du Palais, we walked the narrow streets til coming upon the Monaco Cathedral, the resting place of many of Monaco's royal princes.
Here in the Monaco Cathedral is the Grave of Princess Grace, who was the wife of Prince Rainier III of the House of Grimaldi. Princess Grace, the extraordinarily beautiful, former American actress Grace Kelly, married Prince Rainier in April, 1956, and the couple had three children including the present reigning Prince of Monaco, Prince Albert II. Princess Grace died in a tragic car accident in September, 1982, when her car ran off one of the winding roads of the Cote d'Azur. Also in the car with her that day was the Princess Stephanie who survived the accident.
I remember seeing pictures of Princess Grace walking down the aisle on her wedding, the long train of her wedding dress trailing behind her, and Prince Ranier III waiting for her. It seemed to be a fairytale come true---the beautiful actress marrying her handsome prince.
When Prince Rainier III died in 2005, he was buried next to his wife. The accompanying picture shows the beautifully polished stones signifying the graves of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier. I was surprised there weren't more flowers on her tomb, but this is probably intentional. The stones were bathed in a soft, warm light and the whole effect seemed to be very modest and humble.
As you walk toward the altar, the graves are arranged around a center elipse, and somewhat to the left of the center.
Admission to the Cathedral is free however, a donation may be requested.
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