When Grace Kelly Married Prince Rainier Of Monaco, Her Family Had To Pay An Astonishingly Huge Dowry

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At the age of 25, Prince Rainier III had ascended to the throne of the Principality of Monaco, a tiny independent state on the French Riviera, in May 1949. Unfortunately, the young man soon discovered that Monaco’s treasury was alarmingly bare. The thinking around the royal court was that perhaps the right marriage might help the principality’s – and by extension the Prince’s – finances. And that is where the Hollywood star Grace Kelly makes her grand entrance in the Monaco story.