40 years after her death: This is how the palace commemorates Gracia Patricia

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Writed by - Andy Gocker
 40 years after her death: This is how the palace commemorates Gracia Patricia
Grace Patricia von Monaco mit Fürst Rainier III. © imago/Allstar, SpotOn

photos from her life

Princess Grace of Monaco (1929-1982) died on September 14, 1982 as a result of a car accident. 40 years later, the palace commemorates the wife of Prince Rainier III. (1923-2005) and mother of Prince Albert II (64). The Princely House published 'in memory' archive pictures from the life of Grace Kelly on social media.

Gracia Patricia can be seen in her wedding dress, among other things. Also from 1956 is a photo showing the former actress visiting a hospital. Other pictures show the Princess laying the foundation for a daycare center or handing out Easter presents. There are also portraits from different years and pictures together with her husband and three children.

She was only 52 years old

Hollywood star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III. married on April 19, 1956. The couple had the children Caroline (65), Albert (64) and Stéphanie (57). Two months before her 53rd birthday, the princess died in a tragic car accident. Gracia Patricia and her then 17-year-old daughter Princess Stéphanie were on their way home from their summer residence Roc Agel on September 13, 1982, when the Princess' car went off the road on the winding Route de La Turbie for reasons that are not entirely clear. The two women fell 40 meters down a cliff.

The princess was able to free herself with severe cervical injuries and a concussion. The Princess was taken to the Center Hospitalier Princesse Grace. On the evening of September 14, Gracia Patricia died as a result of the accident. Four days later, on September 18, the Princess was buried in the presence of around 800 mourners in the Notre-Dame-Immaculée Cathedral in Monaco.

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