Introduction
The youngest Grimaldi girl
Tragedy strikes
Royal rebel
A multi-faceted princess
Dangerous liaisons
En famille
Photo gallery
Tragedy strikes
The tranquil world in which the young princess grew up was irrevocably shattered on September 13, 1982. Stephanie and her mother were making their way from the family's summer home in France through the winding mountain roads near Monaco when their car went off the road and plunged down a steep slope. Grace was killed, while Stephanie sustained injuries which would keep her from attending her mother's funeral.

"Not only did I go through the horrible trauma of losing my mother at a very young age, but I was beside her at the moment of the accident," she later reflected.

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