August 06, 2014

25 Facts About Princess Grace of Monaco

1. She was known for her stunning looks and attracted many men. Before she met Rainier her lovers were among others Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Ray Milland, Frank Sinatra and David Niven.

2. Before she met Rainier she used to date Cary Grant for 6 years.

3. Before she got engaged to Rainier Grace was engaged to fashion designer Oleg Cassini. Oleg Cassini was famous for his designs for Jackie Kennedy.

4. John F. Kennedy used to be a big fan of Grace. He would sometimes ask her out on a date before he got engaged to Jackie.

5. Grace Kelly won an Oscar for her performance in the movie The Country Girl.

6. Grace Kelly and John F. Kennedy both had daughters in 1957 they named Caroline.

7. In 1966 Grace went to the Gucci boutique in Milan to buy a scarf. But Rodolfo Gucci, son of the founder, Guccio Gucci didn't think any of the existing Gucci scarves were deserving enough for the beautiful princess so he made the iconic Flora pattern for Grace. Little did he know that the pattern would become an iconic design. Grace wore her Flora scarf and later her daughter, Princess Caroline wore a blouse with the same pattern. When the Flora pattern was re-introduced recently by Frida Giannini, who better to model the pattern other than Grace's granddaughter, Charlotte Casiraghi. Below is a photo of Princess Caroline wearing a Flora blouse in 1973, a 1966 Flora scarf, Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier - Grace wearing Flora scarf. The bottom two photos are from a recent Gucci campaign where Charlotte Casiraghi models a Flora blouse and a Flora dress.

Gucci Flora
8. Grace has five granddaughters and four grandsons she never met. Grace died in 1982 and her first grandchild was born in 1984.

9. If you are interested in owning a vintage Gucci Flora scarf, you can probably find one on eBay. They sell for around $200.

10. Grace met Rainier when she was filming To Catch a Thief.

11. Grace starred in a total of 29 films during her rather short movie career.

12. In 1993 Grace became the first actress ever to appear on a US stamp.

13. Grace's father, John B. Kelly was a successful sculler and won three Olympic medals in his career.

14. Grace's uncle, George Kelly was a successful playwright who won a Pulitzer for his work.

15. Grace was good friends with John F. Kennedy and Jackie all her life.

16. Only 6 of Grace's grandchildren are in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne.

17. The first child of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier was born exactly nine months and four days after their wedding day.

18. In 2007, the British singer Mika came out with a song called Grace Kelly. It was widely popular and became an international hit.

19. Grace was a big fan of Hérmes. She used to frequently wear one of their bags and it came in handy when she was pregnant and wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret. She could carry her bag in front of her belly, hiding the pregnancy from photographers. Hérmes later named the bag after her, The Kelly bag.

Grace Kelly with her Hérmes Kelly bag

20. After Grace's marriage to Rainier all of Grace's films were banned in Monaco.

21. Grace's religious marriage wedding dress was a gift from MGM. It was designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer for MGM and a good friend of Grace's.

22. Grace's bridesmaids wore pale yellow, custom made dresses from Neiman Marcus. To complete their outfits they wore yellow hats and white wrist length gloves.

23. Among the wedding guests at Grace and Ranier's wedding were Aristotle Onassis and his wife Athina Onassis.

24. Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace and Rainiers granddaughter and Athina Onassis de Miranda, Aristotle and Athina's granddaughter are good friends and fellow equestrians.

25. Prince Sebastian von Fürstenberg was a pageboy at Grace and Rainier's wedding. Sebastian is a cousin to Rainier and brother of Egon von Fürstenberg.

July 24, 2014

Follow the Royals on Social Media

We are all for following the royals on social media. Here are some recommendations for you.

  • Prince Achileas of Greece and Denmark, son of Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Achileas is on Instagram
  • Prince Alexios of Greece and Denmark, son of Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Alexios' Instagram.

July 14, 2014

Princess Estelle's bracelet - how to make your own

Today, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 37th birthday and many fans came out to celebrate with her and the rest of her family. Of course Estelle was there, adorable as ever. From photos of the event I noticed she was wearing a set of DYI bracelets, a gift from fans, I guess. Victoria also wore similar bracelets and a homemade necklace.

Princess Estelle wearing homemade rubber tie bracelets, a gift from fans.
 For those of you who are interested in knowing more about these rubber bracelets who have become a trend, at least where I live, they are made out of many, small, multicolored rubber ties/bands that are tied together using a specific technique. The technique is explained in the video below. The rubber bands/ties can be bought in your local crafts store or on Amazon.

Happy bracelet making!

July 09, 2014

A Closer Look At Sofia Hellqvist's Engagement Ring

As you might know if you are a follower of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist, they have announced their engagement. The engagement took place and was announced on 27 June 2014 in Sweden. Sofia wore a red Roland Mouret dress and her hair was worn down. She looked simply stunning and it was clear to anyone who saw them that day at the press gathering that they are madly in love with each other. Prince Carl Philip will finally get to marry his chosen one and Sofia will finally get her prince.

When Carl Philip was asked about the ring he said that he of course had chosen it himself and that he had a say in the design even though it was not designed by him. Sofia proudly wore the ring and said that she loved it and that she was still in chock as it was still very new to her.

A closeup of Sofia Hellqvist's engagement ring

July 01, 2014

Watch of the Weekend: The Princess Diaries

This weekend I had some time to kill so I decided to watch my The Princess Diaries DVD. Needless to say, I have had this DVD since it first came out and it isn't my first time watching it as I absolutely love it.

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 movie is based upon the books by author Meg Cabot. Anne Hathaway plays Mia Thermopolis who is just your average teenager. She goes to Albert Einstein High School and loves spending time with her best friend, Lily Moscowitch and her cat Fat Louie. Mia has a MAJOR crush on Josh Richter but she doesn't think she could stand a chance because of her insecurities. You see, in her own words Mia hasn't fully developed in the chest area. Mia is also very tall, a total freak if you'd ask her. To top it all off she is flunking algebra and it doesn't help that her paternal grandmother (Julie Andews) from Genovia, which she doesn't particularly like because she hasn't made an effort to keep in touch with Mia upon till this point, has been trying to contact her because apparently she has some important news for her....

The movie can be watched on YouTube, just click play below.

Want to see the sequel? Get Princess Diaries 2 - A Royal Engagement on DVD.

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June 27, 2014

It's official: An Engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist

Today, on 27th June 2014, it was announced via an unexpected and quite spontaneous press conference at the Royal Palace in Stockholm that Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist are engaged. The press conference was originally to take place at 4.30 local time but was delayed one hour.

Before the actual press conference took place an announcement from the Marshal of the Realm was posted on the Royal Courts' webpage and their Facebook page.

The date has not been decided yet but we know that the wedding will take place sometime next summer, 2015.

Sofia Hellqvist's engagement ring

Before the press conference, Aftonbladet's reporter read an announcement: Prince Carl Philip said: "Today Sofia has said "yes" to spend the rest of her life with me by marrying me. Today is a joyous day for both me and Sofia."

Sofia looked stunning wearing a red dress when she walked hand in hand with her Prince. Carl Philip wore a navy blue suit, white shirt and a blue tie.

The press conference started with a photograph session and then Prince Carl Philip made the announcement. He said, "We are happy today, a little nervous, but happy."

Sofia said she was surprised by the proposal, which happened this morning at a private place the couple loves and want to keep private. The prince chose and bought the ring himself. Sofia said that this morning when she woke up she did not expect a thing. Then when the prince went down on one knee and presented Sofia with a ring she knew what was going on. The prince admitted being really nervous when he popped the question.

After answering the press' questions the couple was photographed with the King and Queen.
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