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90 Years of Grace: Her ’70s Style


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Today we’re looking back at some of Princess Grace’s most stylish moments of the 1970s. This decade saw her as a hard-working royal who also took part in family events and made her way back to Hollywood several times for events. Perhaps the biggest event of the decade was the marriage of her elder daughter, Princess Caroline, in 1978.

Princess Grace followed the fashion trends of the decade: chunky glasses, bold patterns, and neutral browns. Read on to see a few of Princess Grace’s most iconic style moments of the ’70s.

Here’s Princess Grace arriving at Heathrow Airport in January 1970 in a hounds-tooth hat and military-style coat.

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Princess Grace opened the fifth annual rose garden at the Villa Reale Niso Fumagalli Rose Garden in Monza, Italy.

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One of Princess Grace’s annual tradition was doling out Christmas presents to Monegasque children at the Prince’s Palace each December. She is pictured here in 1970:

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In 1971, Princess Grace and Princess Caroline travelled to London to watch Ingrid Bergman in ‘Captain Brassbound’s Conversion’ at the Cambridge Theatre on 17 March.

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In September 1971, Princess Stéphanie started school and took part in a traditional royal photocall with her mother and older brother, Prince Albert on the way to school in Monaco.

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Princess Grace wore this bright ensemble at a swimming competition in Palm Beach.

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Princess Grace returned to the Cannes Film Festival in May 1972 on the arm of her frequent director, Alfred Hitchcock.

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American comedian Jerry Lewis visited Monaco in 1972, and Princess Grace greeted him wearing this geometric print dress.

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Princess Anne paid a visit to Monaco in 1972 and was photographed alongside Princess Grace.

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Princess Grace is seen here walking with the rest of her family in 1973 wearing a muted brown ensemble.

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A tiara sighting for Princess Grace was pretty rare. She wore this gorgeous tiara to the Versailles Palace Ball on 28 November 1973.

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Princess Grace wore chunky glasses, a large hat and an orangey-yellow ensemble to the Garden Club in Monaco in 1973.

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A brilliant, emerald green patterned gown for dinner in honour of the Monaco Literary Council on 28 November 1973 in Paris.

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Princess Grace wore her classic look of oversized sunglasses and a silk scarf covering her hair at the Vienna International Garden Exhibition to view a special rose show.

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An elaborate costume for the Red Cross Ball on 12 August 1974.

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Princess Grace paid a visit to the French senate on 19 March 1975.

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More oversized sunglasses for Princess Grace as she watched the Oxford Cambridge boat race on the Seine on 1 May 1975.

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A va-va-voom red gown for Princess Grace at the Red Cross Ball in August 1976.

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Princess Grace christened the Cunard Princess ocean liner on 30 March 1977 in New York City.

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At a June 1977 exhibition of her dried flower collages in Paris, Princess Grace wore a floral patterned dress.

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Princess Grace was said to have reservations about her daughter’s marriage to Philippe Junot on 28 June 1978, but you wouldn’t have guessed from the sunshine yellow mother-of-the-bride ensemble and wide-brimmed hat she sported to the religious ceremony.

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The Grimaldi Family often retreated to Gstaad, Switzerland, where they owned property. Here, Princess Grace is pictured with her husband and youngest daughter in 1979.

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, with an emphasis on the British, Danish, and Swedish Royal Families.