Saturday, 19 April 2014

On This Day: 1956

I shall always recall having a heated argument aged about ten, with the girl across the road.

Angela: What would you name your daughter?
Me: Grace.
Angela: Grace? Urgh!
Me: Grace Kelly is beautiful!
Angela: Urgh! I'm going to name my daughter Margaret!
Me: After Margaret Thatcher? URRRRRRRGH!

We never did resolve this.

I may not have a daughter named Grace, but I did have a furdaughter named Grace ...

Prince Rainier Marries Grace Kelly

Prince Rainier III of Monaco has married the American film actress Grace Kelly.

The religious ceremony follows yesterday's civil ceremony held in the throne room in the Palace of Monaco.

The celebration of the Nuptial Mass was held in the Cathedral of Monaco. Miss Kelly looked every bit the film star in her ivory gown made of silk taffeta and lace.

The couple did not look at each other during the ceremony, but sat, stood and knelt facing the high altar as instructed by Monsignor Marella, the Papal Legate from Paris.

They spoke their vows so quietly that it was hard to tell whether they made them in English or French, the national language of Monaco.

At the end of the ceremony, a message was read out from the Pope. Then the couple drove through the streets of Monte Carlo in an open-top car, waving to thousands of well-wishers.

The couple, who announced their engagement in January, are spending their honeymoon cruising around the Mediterranean aboard Prince Rainier's yacht, Deo Juvante II - out of the public eye for the first time in months.

Nervous Bride

Yesterday's civil ceremony, conducted by the president of the Monaco Supreme Court, was attended by the couple's close family and friends.

In Monaco, as in France, a civil marriage must take place before a religious ceremony.
Miss Kelly, wearing a beige, lace dress with a close-fitting hat, was noticeably nervous throughout the proceedings.

Following the legal formalities the couple made a short appearance on the balcony of the palace where approximately 500 members of the public waited below.

The newly-married couple, surrounded by an abundance of red and white flowers, waved to the crowds for a few minutes before going back inside.