Grace Kelly was asked for her hand in marriage by Prince Rainier of Monaco over Christmas 1955. It is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged, and for Grace it was no different.
They had met in May on one occasion and had been in a long distance relationship of sorts since, exchanging letters.
In fact, it was only a few days after their second ever face-to-face meeting the prince proposed.
He gave the actress an eternity ring filled with diamonds with a nod to his heritage. The ring featured rubies, a nod to the flag of Monaco.
The ring was described in the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a handsome engagement ring, which the Prince had ordered fashioned from two family heirlooms, in the form of a diamond circlet and ruby circlet intertwined.”
While one might assume Grace was unhappy with the ring and asked for another, this was not the case. Instead, the offer was made by her besotted fiance.
In fact, Grace had makers of the movie and her future-husband to thank for the stunning ring.
Grace was set to wear a fake prop diamond ring for the film, however, when he heard this Rainer offered to simply purchase her a real one she could keep after filming as a second engagement ring.
The ring was a 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond flanked by two diamond baguettes.
In fact, Kate Middleton’s dress is said to have been inspired by Grace’s.
The dress was designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer for MGM.
It was a gorgeous high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a lace top.
The skirt was wide but her tiny waist was nipped in.
Made from 25 yards of silk taffeta, 100 yards of silk net, tulle and 125-year-old lace, the dress was an extravaganza and has gone down as one of the most inspiring dresses of all time for royal brides.
The Princess accessorised with a Juliet cap with pearls. She had a 90 yard veil.