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Exhibition at the Palace : Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting

On Monday 13 May, H.S.H. the Prince officially opened the exhibition "Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting" which can be discovered as part of a visit to the State Rooms of the Palace of Monaco until 15 October 2019.

Organised by the Archives of the Palace of Monaco and the Monaco Audiovisual Institute, this unique and original exhibition will put into context and offer a perspective on the first meeting between the American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, in this, the year of the 90th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth.

Winning an Oscar for best actress in March 1955 for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly had shot To Catch a Thief by Alfred Hitchcock on the Côte d'Azur the year before, which included one of the legendary scenes which took place on the heights of the Principality.

Guest star of the 8th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly agreed to change her schedule for a last-minute meeting with the Prince of Monaco, on the afternoon of 6 May 1955. Set up by Pierre Galante, a journalist at Paris Match, this meeting, which almost never happened, was immortalised by the magazine's photographer, Michel Simon, as well as by the Irish photographer Edward Quinn, who had been working for a long time on the Riviera.

The photos taken by these two privileged witnesses will be exhibited together for the first time. Posed or taken on the fly, these pictures, of different formats, demonstrate the interest and the technical and artistic quality of the work of the press photographers.

Designed as a photographic journey through the State Rooms of the Palace of Monaco, the exhibition retraces the steps of Grace Kelly, in the very places where she met Prince Rainier, with the dress she wore on this occasion, along with personal items, letters, testimonials, newspaper excerpts and films. All this documentation shows how the article, which passed almost unnoticed at the time, has become legendary, with its memories and stories.

Less than a year after this fleeting but decisive meeting, Prince Rainier III married Grace Patricia Kelly in Monaco on 18 and 19 April 1956.

Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting"
Palace of Monaco
Place du Palais – Monaco
State Rooms visit
Until 15 October 2019

Exhibition at the Palace : Monaco, 6 May 1955. The Story of a Meeting