A Few of Her Favorite Things: Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly

She was more than an actress -- she took beauty and fame to a whole other level when she became the Princess of Monaco. And she became synonymous with her name itself -- she was the epitome of Grace. 

But she was more than just a pretty face. At Grace Kelly’s funeral, a touching eulogy was read by actor James Stewart, who said ‘You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met’.

Today we celebrate her birthday by learning about the things she loved. 

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Grace loved to speak in limericks with friends and family. It was a kind of game for her. 

Learn a few limericks (as well as the history of the world!) with this fun book on the topic. 


Perfume for a Princess

The notes of this fragrance include bergamot, tuberose, violet, and ambergris. It was commissioned for Grace's wedding day to Prince Rainier of Monaco. 


A Mermaid Princess

She didn't just swim on-camera... it was one of her favorite hobbies in real life too! 


Cafe de Paris

Opening its doors in 1924, Café de Paris has long been regarded as one of Europe's greatest hotspots. Grace Kelly wasn't the only celebrity to frequent the place... Frank Sinatra and Eartha Kitt were other celebrities in her day. Today, stars like Kate Moss and Hugh Grant have been spotted there. 


Mmm... cheeseburger...

Grace reportedly loved cheeseburgers... an icon of her American origins. 


Another classic actress...

Grace's graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman. 

Her classic films include Casablanca, and For Whom the Bell Tolls which you can get with this collection. 


A Rose is a Rose

Prince Rainier knew roses were Grace's favorite flower... in 1984 he inaugurated a public rose garden dedicated to her memory.

A sterling silver rose pendant is a great way to wear the floral icon every day. 


The Ultimate Accessories

Grace loved accessories, especially the Hermes brand. Famous costume designer Edith Head once said, “Gloves and shoes are the only things where Grace loses count of money.”

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One of her favorite quotations from the poet Kahlil Gibran.

Read what many consider his life-changing book, The Prophet. 



On their retreats from palace life to less glamorous homes, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly found a simpler way of life. For her, this included knitting. 


Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing... Grace Kelly didn't necessarily endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe she really loved these things. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. :)