Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier in Monaco Cathedral in 1956. Iconic to this day, Grace wore a stunning long-sleeved lace-covered dress for her religious ceremony. But what did her engagement ring look like?
Rainier proposed to Grace in December 1955, asking for her hand with a beautiful engagement ring.
However, this ring is not as well known to royal fans as Grace’s second – and main – engagement ring.
The second ring is the most famous – but why were there two in the first place?
Grace’s first ring was a thin eternity ring, made by Cartier, and featured red rubies and white diamonds.
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Grace’s second ring had a huge 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond at its center, flanked by two diamond baguette stones.
This ring is believed to be worth £30million, according to Max Stone, diamond expert at jewelers Steven Stone.
Grace’s first ring, however, could be worth around £15,000.
Speaking of the lesser-known first ring, Max explained: “While it’s incredibly difficult to appraise a ring without seeing the original item in color, the fact that the ring was designed by Cartier and features rubies heirlooms, which appear to be around 1.5 carats, with 1.5 carats of diamonds, suggests it could be worth over £15,000 today.
Alongside Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, this was Grace’s last role before becoming Princess of Monaco.
As Tracy Lord, who would marry Bing Crosby’s character Dexter in the film, Grace wore a diamond engagement ring on set.
However, upon being made aware of this prop, Rainier bought the real deal from Grace so she could continue wearing it after filming was over.
After one of the most famous royal weddings of all time, Grace and Rainier had three children, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie.
Grace carried out her royal duties until her death in a car accident in 1982, when she was just 52.
Rainier died in 2005, aged 81.