Saturday, October 3, 2009

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier

Both the postcard and the stamp on the front commemorate the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. I knew that Grace Kelly was an American actress, born in Philadelphia, and that she and Prince Rainier seemed very much in love. I was surprised when I read recently that Prince Rainier wanted a substantial dowry to marry Grace. Doesn't it seem strange to have a commoner family paying a dowry to a royal family. Luckily, Grace's family was able to come up with the $2 million. 

Princess Grace and Prince Rainer had three lovely children: Caroline, Albert, and Stephanie. I admired the girls very much when I was growing up. Unfortunately, they led rather tumultuous lives, marrying race car drivers, body guards, and circus acrobats, and having various out-of-wedlock children. (Well, now that I write that down, it sounds sort of fun and adventurous!) In any case, growing up in the spotlight and losing their mother in the tragic car accident in 1982 probably made for a difficult life.
The card reads:
Liebe Gisela,
Here we are enjoying ourselves and thinking of you all.
Kurt and Lonny
Kindest Regards "Grace"


  1. I have always loved Grace Kelly--especially her performance in Rear Window with Jimmy Stuart. It is indeed odd that her family had to come up with a dowery! How strange. I did not know that. Hmmmmm....

    Anyhow, wonderful post, lovely postcards--happy PFF!

  2. Great card. I am a fan of Grace too. She is so cool in both Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. It seems odd that the family of such a beautiful woman had to come up with a dowery, but that was quite a usual practice in Europe in the past. However, she deserved James Stewart.

  3. I have a miss grace kelly & prince rainierIII similar to the one posted here. It is dated march 27, 1956. sent from a man to his wife at that time. does anyone have a value on this post card.or a site to find these things.thank you

  4. The cards are wonderful and beautiful, but not valuable. Grace Kelly had been a very popular movie star and the storybook romance fueled even more public interest. As a result, lots and lots of these cards were printed, so they aren't rare by any means.

  5. P.S. I have seen them on eBay for under $10.



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