Monday, October 7, 2013

Press Photographers at The Monaco Royal Wedding (1956)

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco met during the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. They were introduced during a photo shoot for the French magazine Paris-Match. Eight months later, the couple were engaged.

Hailed as 'The Wedding of the Century', the much-anticipated fairy-tale marriage of the Hollywood screen goddess to a European Prince took place under the full glare of the world's media, and the public were captivated by the combination of Hollywood glamour and European royalty. The wedding was attended by around 600 guests and watched by an estimated 30 million on television. Now take a look back to the wedding and see how the press photographers worked in these days.

Press photographers and cameramen on a temporary platform in Monaco on the day of the civil marriage ceremony of American actress Grace Kelly and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.

American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III about to receive the gift of a white dove on the day of their civil wedding ceremony at the Prince's Palace of Monaco, 18th April 1956.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III arrive at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, the day after announcing their engagement, January 1956.

Grace Kelly in Monaco, April 1956.

On April 4, 1956, Grace Kelly -- her bridesmaids, her relatives, her dog, and about 80 pieces of luggage in tow -- left New York for Monaco aboard the liner, SS Constitution.

Smiling in a brisk March wind and surrounded by photographers and fans, Grace Kelly poses just off of Fifth Avenue in New York, 1956.

Reporters gathered in droves.

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