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Grace Kelly: the extraordinary legacy of the original Hollywood star-turned-princess

When Meghan Markle began dating Prince Harry in 2017, the comparisons to the original Hollywood actress turned princess Grace Kelly were inevitable. On what would be her 90th birthday, Caitlin McBride reflects on her extraordinary life and the legacy she left behind

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Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A file photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly saluting the crowd as they leave Saint Nicholas' Cathedral after their wedding ceremony in Monaco

A file photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and princess of Monaco Grace Kelly saluting the crowd as they leave Saint Nicholas' Cathedral after their wedding ceremony in Monaco

A photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows US actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco during their wedding ceremony in Monaco.  AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken on April 19, 1956 shows US actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco during their wedding ceremony in Monaco. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

Grace Kelly on the day of her wedding to Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly on the day of her wedding to Prince Rainier

Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco during one of her three trips
into Shannon

Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco during one of her three trips into Shannon

French President Charles de Gaulle (R) chats with Prince Rainier of Monaco (2nd R) as wifes Yvonne (L) and Princess Grace wait, 13 October 1959 prior a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris.  (Photo credit should read STF/AFP via Getty Images)

French President Charles de Gaulle (R) chats with Prince Rainier of Monaco (2nd R) as wifes Yvonne (L) and Princess Grace wait, 13 October 1959 prior a dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP via Getty Images)

Grace us with your presence: Princess Grace of Monaco with a priest and entourage climbing a hill to the Shrine of Our Lady at Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, in 1961. (Photo by Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Grace us with your presence: Princess Grace of Monaco with a priest and entourage climbing a hill to the Shrine of Our Lady at Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, in 1961. (Photo by Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Meet and greet: Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly with Eamon de
Valera and his wife Sinead in 1961. Photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Meet and greet: Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly with Eamon de Valera and his wife Sinead in 1961. Photo: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Princess Grace Kelly with her son Albert in 1959. Picture: Pierre Henri Verlhac/Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Princess Grace Kelly with her son Albert in 1959. Picture: Pierre Henri Verlhac/Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Prince Rainier III of Monaco (L) and his fiancee US actress Grace Kelly with her engagement ring pose on January 05, 1956 at the Philadelphia county club where the Kellys announced the engagement of their daughter and the prince. (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)

Prince Rainier III of Monaco (L) and his fiancee US actress Grace Kelly with her engagement ring pose on January 05, 1956 at the Philadelphia county club where the Kellys announced the engagement of their daughter and the prince. (Photo credit should read -/AFP via Getty Images)

The couple: Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) and Prince Rainier.
The year: 1956. The dress: Costume designer Helen Rose

The couple: Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) and Prince Rainier. The year: 1956. The dress: Costume designer Helen Rose

Princess Grace and her husband Prince Rainier of Monaco arrive 19 July 1958 at Monaco Sporting Club for the annual Red Cross gala ball. (Photo credit should read AFP via Getty Images)

Princess Grace and her husband Prince Rainier of Monaco arrive 19 July 1958 at Monaco Sporting Club for the annual Red Cross gala ball. (Photo credit should read AFP via Getty Images)

Charlotte Casiraghi weds film producer Dimitri Rassam in Monaco. Picture: Felix Dol Maillot

Charlotte Casiraghi weds film producer Dimitri Rassam in Monaco. Picture: Felix Dol Maillot

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi arrive for the Bal de la Rose in Monaco, March 30, 2019.  Sebastien Nogier/Pool via REUTERS

Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi arrive for the Bal de la Rose in Monaco, March 30, 2019. Sebastien Nogier/Pool via REUTERS

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly are seen during their wedding lunch in Monaco on April 19, 1956. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Rainier III of Monaco and US actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly are seen during their wedding lunch in Monaco on April 19, 1956. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Grace (1929 - 1982) greet well-wishers in the palace courtyard in Monte Carlo prior to their wedding, 18th April 1956. (Photo by Reg Birkett/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For decades, Grace Kelly’s life was considered the stuff of real-life fairytales; a story which a certain generation could tell their children about: the Hollywood actress who became a princess.

At the height of her fame, fresh from winning her first Best Actress Oscar, she left the bright lights of Hollywood for love, in the form of Monaco’s Prince Rainier. The 1955 Academy Awards, from which she walked away with her first golden statue, was the perfect setting to kick-start the glamorous life which awaited her - or at least, partially.


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