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TRAGEDY STRIKES

"I’d like to be remembered as a decent human being and a caring one" - Princess Grace, 1982

The world would never know what the future held for the princess as, on September 13, 1982, Grace suffered a stroke while driving with Stephanie on the winding mountain roads outside Monte Carlo. The car tumbled down a ravine, leaving the princess and her teenage daughter badly injured. Though Stephanie recovered, Grace died the following day of a cerebral haemorrage. She was 52 years old.

On September 18, Grace was buried in a royal crypt behind the main altar in Monaco cathedral, the same church in which she had married Prince Rainier. Thus, the world bade farewell to the Philadelphia golden girl who left her life as a Hollywood star to become one of Europe’s most adored royals. Friend and High Society co-star Frank Sinatra summed up the thoughts of many when he said after her death: "Grace was a gracious, wonderful woman who was a princess from the moment she was born."