Wednesday 22 November 2017

An unforgettable meeting with a royal grande dame

There was so much more to Princess Grace than simply her extraordinary beauty, style and talent, writes Ulick O'Connor

THE Grace Kelly exhibition Style Icon has run throughout the summer and into autumn at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London with enormous success. It features the clothes that she wore on different film sets (some designed by herself) and later during her reign as Princess of Monaco. It showed yet another side to the talent of this extraordinary woman.

I met her first in Dublin on her visit to Ireland in 1961 when she was giving a talk on WB Yeats at Trinity College.

I later visited her in Monaco in the summer of 1969. When I came into the royal drawing room, I could see her sitting with the light from the window on her face. Her beauty was quite astonishing. She motioned to me to sit beside her. Close up, you could see that she used the minimum of make-up. Her nose and mouth had the delicacy of an Ingres painting. She had high cheekbones, while the lips seemed to pout slightly.

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