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The Timeless Elegance of Grace Kelly

Today marks the 90th birthday of one of the most famous princesses in modern history. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at some of Kelly’s most iconic moments at Round Hill during her first visit in the 1950s.

Grace Patricia Kelly was a Hollywood Irish- American actress. Later, she became Princess of Monaco following her marriage to Prince Rainier II. The Academy Award- winning icon is most known for her roles in the films – High Noon and The Country Girl. She also starred in several Alfred Hitchcock films including Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief.

Grace Kelly’s First Visit to Round Hill

During a visit with her sister Peggy, Grace sought to partner with fashion photographer Howell Contant to get images for an upcoming project. Alfred Hitchcock – who was responsible for this upcoming film project – was smitten with Grace Kelly and often described her as “sexually elegant”.

“I thought we might do some shots here on the beach, and then in the water. You have a natural, unpretentious beauty, so we want to capture that”, Conant commented.

“Why thank you, Howell; that’s quite the complement”, replied Kelly.

Below are some of our favourite shots from Conant’s session with the late Princess on Monaco at Round Hill:

Grace Kelly carefully selecting her options at the breakfast buffet.

Photos by: Photographer, Howell Conant (1955)

Following her trip to Jamaica, Kelly met Prince Rainier III of Monaco at a photo shoot while she was leading the American delegation to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The pair kept in touch after returning to the United States. After a very public courtship, Prince Rainier proposed and Kelly accepted. They wed in April 1956 and Kelly abandoned her acting career in order to become princess. The union produced three children – Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stéphanie.

Round Hill remained a favourite vacation spot for the princess until her passing in 1982.   

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