The book Grace Kelly, A Life in Pictures with a forward by Tommy Hilfiger, has been sitting next to my bedside for over ten years. I'm not sure why, but I haven't truly looked through the book up until today. However I've had a fascination with the princess for quite some time now. I even have a framed black and white photo of her in my living room which I received from a past exhibition I worked on. It must have been divine intervention because she was one of the inspirations for this blog. As the inside book jacket states, "Grace had such a natural elegance that the name fitted her perfectly. However this woman was not just one of the great beauties, but also a committed philanthropist. She fought to defend what was most dear to her: the cause of the most impoverished, the Red Cross and the principality of Monaco."
I was lucky enough to travel to Monaco a few years ago where the spirit of Grace is felt everywhere. I remember walking down the beautiful, sun drenched streets and stumbling upon "Theatre Princesse Grace" below, and just being so happy. it's truly a magical place. I can understand why she loved it so much!
If you've never seen this book, I encourage you to pick it up as it's just simply beautiful to look at. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long! I cherish this book, and will be quoting her through my blog from time to time. However His Serene Highness Prince Albert II states in perfectly, "My mother was photographed countless times, by the world's best photographers. However, what was most entrancing about her was her compassion and generosity of spirit. She didn't pose in order to become beautiful. She simply was beautiful. The photographs in this book-unseen until now- help show why."