Trinity research job tribute to Grace Kelly
Published 05/04/2011 | 12:00
Monaco's Prince Albert has revealed that an Irish university research post is to be set up to commemorate his late Hollywood actress mother Grace Kelly.
The royal visitor announced the fellowship at Trinity College Dublin during a three-day state visit to Ireland with his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock.
Both the research role and an international conference in Monaco later this year on Ireland during the First World War came about through a private donation, the Prince said.
"I'm moved by this gesture of friendship which only confirms the wonderful, friendly, long-lasting, historical links between Monaco and Ireland," he added.
The trip marks the 50th anniversary of an official visit to Ireland in 1961 by Albert's late parents, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace.
Grace was the Irish-American daughter of an emigrant from Newport, Co Mayo.
The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco was opened by her husband in 1984 as a tribute to her roots.
Ms Wittstock, a South African swimming champion, took the day off from official engagements for a private visit to a fashion museum which houses outfits worn by Grace Kelly.
The Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons has a Givenchy dress the princess wore during her 1961 Irish visit and also for lunch at the White House with the Kennedys.
Also in the collection is a dress she wore in the 1956 musical High Society, her last film role.
Albert, 53, and Ms Wittstock, 33, who met at a swimming competition in Monaco, are to marry in July.