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A special tribute to Princess Grace on Monaco’s national day

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The Prince’s Palace in Monaco was filled with the tune of ‘Amazing Grace’ as celebrations took place on a very special date in the country’s calendar. Events for National Day in Monaco included a musical marking of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Princess Grace.

Prince Albert II, Grace’s only son, was moved to tears as a lone piper began the rendition of the famous song. He struggled to contain his emotions throughout the special performance with his wife, Princess Charlene, wrapping her hands around his arm to offer comfort.

The performance, which followed a display by US military to mark the anniversary of the birth of the Philadelphia born princess, was watched by all of Monaco’s royals from the palace balconies. Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella had joined their parents for the appearance although they had gone inside by the time the tribute to their paternal grandmother was played.

Grace Kelly was born on November 12th 1929 and became Princess Consort of Monaco in April 1956 on her marriage to Rainier III. Their daughters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, had joined Prince Albert for the National Day celebrations which saw the Prince’s Palace decked with red and white flowers, the colours of the country’s flags.

Royal Central will bring you full coverage of events for Monaco’s National Day.

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