Prince Albert, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie of Monaco paid tribute to their late mother, Grace Kelly, in the perfect way — screening the film that earned the Princess of Monaco her Academy Award. The actress’ children along with her look-alike granddaughter Camille Gottlieb, who is Stephanie's youngest child, came together on the eve of what would have been Grace’s 88th birthday.
The royals were on hand to honor their family’s matriarch 35 years after her tragic passing and to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The Hollywood star’s children and 19-year-old grandchild screened Grace’s 1954 film The Country Girl at the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monaco. The adaptation of Clifford Odets' stage drama earned Grace her Oscar for Best Actress. The blonde beauty was only 25-years-old at the time of filming.
VIEW GALLERY Grace's children and granddaughter Camille paid tribute to the late actress on November 11 Photo: Facebook/Palais Princier de Monaco
Over a year after winning her first Academy Award, the actress went on to marry Prince Rainier III. Grace’s sister Lizanne Kelly LeVine revealed in the new book Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl that the Monaco Prince “fit into [their] family beautifully.” The gorgeous pair tied the knot in 1956 and welcomed three children during their marriage. Grace died in 1982 following a car accident with her daughter Princess Stephanie.
Earlier this year, Albert opened up about losing his mother in a candid interview with Graham Bensinger. “[My father Prince Rainier III] said that we had to go down to the hospital because mom and Stephanie had an accident. I didn’t think twice about it. I went down with them and [sister Princess] Caroline as well,” he recalled. “Of course it was very shocking moment. You're not quite sure what to think. You think things are going to improve and it’s not as bad an accident as you thought it was and so those few hours were very, very tense and very emotional.”
VIEW GALLERY Caroline (left), Camille (center) and Stephanie (right) attended the screening of Grace's Oscar-winning film Photo: Facebook/Palais Princier de Monaco
Albert noted that his father was “deeply affected” by Princess Grace’s death. Princess Charlene’s husband shared, “He wasn’t quite the same man as he was before the accident.” Albert admitted that it took a while for himself to feel “normal again.” He said, “It always takes a while and you recover thanks to your other family members and to your friends and to people that are dear to you to provide comfort. It also takes a few years to really fully come to terms with that.”