Princess Grace of Monaco, P6 fan

11/03/2007 - 08:00
11/03/2007 - 18:00

Princess Grace getting into her Rover P6 

 September 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of actress Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco who was a P6 fan. While driving with her daughter Stephanie to Monaco from their country home on September 13, 1982, Princess Grace, then 52, suffered a stroke, causing her Rover 3500 to plunge down the mountainside. The crashed Rover P6

Princess Grace died the next day without regaining consciousness. Princess Stephanie suffered only minor injuries. It was rumoured that she had been driving on the same stretch of highway that had been featured in her 1955 movie To Catch a Thief, although her son says that it was not.Princess Grace is interred in Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco and Prince Rainier was buried alongside her following his death in 2005. Nearly 100 million people worldwide watched her funeral on television.

Grace Kelly and Cary GrantPrincess Grace was one of the most remembered princesses in Monegasque history.In his eulogy, fellow actor James Stewart 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. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own. No question, I'll miss her, we'll all miss her, God bless you, Princess Grace."During her lifetime, Princess Grace of Monaco was committed to helping emerging artists realize their career goals. Following her death, Prince Rainier of Monaco mobilized a group of individuals to establish the Princess Grace Foundation-USA as a tribute to her legacy. Since then — and until his death in 2005 — Prince Rainier and his children have been active in the oversight and direction of the organization. Now in its 25th year, the Foundation continues its mission to assist emerging performing artists in film, dance and theatre, in honour of Princess Grace. 

Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco