The Royal Forums Coat of Arms

Go Back   The Royal Forums > Royal Highlights > Royal Library

Join The Royal Forums Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
  #21  
Old 01-24-2008, 01:20 PM
LadyMacAlpine's Avatar
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: *****, United States
Posts: 2,285
During the filming of High Society, David Niven and his wife offered Grace their home so she could meet privately with Prince Rainier, away from the eyes of the press. Howell was invited to one of the gatherings and took photo's. "Life Remembering Grace" from last year was the first time these photo's have been published
Grace
Rainier
Rainier
Rainier and the ladies
Rainier and David Niven
Grace and David Niven
Rainier
Grace and Rainier
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-24-2008, 03:35 PM
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: , United States
Posts: 153
Like a lot of royal brides who were commoners, I don't think Grace was properly trained for her eventual role as Princess Consort. She went from freedom to a heavily restricted life and wasn't eased into her role. I think it's a pretty big mistake to throw someone used to being in charge of their life to the restricted lifestyle of of a full fledged royal. I personally think she should have undergone a brief time where she would train and then marry Ranier. If they had been more discreet, Grace could have secretly trained, fulfilled her contractual obligations to MGM, and then married Ranier.
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-24-2008, 06:00 PM
Elly C's Avatar
Royal Highness
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Worcester, United Kingdom
Posts: 1,845
There's a lovely relaxed & happy mood to these photos. Howell Conant was clearly a trusted friend. I hope some more previously unseen photos will come to light soon.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 01-25-2008, 02:19 AM
sandsla's Avatar
Nobility
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles, United States
Posts: 438
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tzu An View Post
Like a lot of royal brides who were commoners, I don't think Grace was properly trained for her eventual role as Princess Consort. She went from freedom to a heavily restricted life and wasn't eased into her role. I think it's a pretty big mistake to throw someone used to being in charge of their life to the restricted lifestyle of of a full fledged royal. I personally think she should have undergone a brief time where she would train and then marry Ranier. If they had been more discreet, Grace could have secretly trained, fulfilled her contractual obligations to MGM, and then married Ranier.
Where exactly do you think she failed? And where were they not discreet? Considering both were high profile personalities, Grace more than Rainier? i thought they did a pretty good job? Most people didn't even know where Monaco was until Grace married Rainier? I personally think they were very discreet, and I don't understand how Grace could have fufilled her contractual obligations with MGM and at the same time, train for her role? Travel then wasn't a puddle jump away? Plus Grace had a lot of films to make to fulfill her contractual obligations. She had been loaned out to Paramount fot many of her roles? Plus she gave MGM the rights to film her wedding and that was in lieu of fulfilling her contractural obligations. Her wedding put Monaco more on the map than her becoming the Princess of Monaco, mainly because it was pretty much a Hollywood production. She could not be shooting films and training at the same time? Not even close to a possibility? She shot two films after she met Rainier, at least one after she was engaged. There was a reason Rainier had to come visit her. Her career as an actress was demanding and I believe she had quite a few more films to complete for MGM. I think Grace was not the average commoner, she was an Oscar winning actress, she was use to the press and knew how to handle it. She was use to being in the limelight, so the transition there was probably an easy one! Grace was the one that was surprised that the Palace didn't even have a Press Office? She got pregnant on her honeymoon and had two babies in quick succession. I think she balanced her children and palace duties very well, especially for the time. She created much in the way of culture for Monaco including many foundations. I just can't imagine anyone, a consort who could bring more than Grace did for Monaco especially for the 1950's. I do agree that since she was at the top of her career and still young, that if she had been allowed a few more years to fulfill her own needs, she would have evolved more naturally into the role, meaning she would be ready to move on in her life and find other things more fulfilling. But it was the 50's and she was 26 and eager also to have a family. For a Hollywood actress I'm sure her life might have seemed restricting at first, but had she been given too much a glimspe she may have change her mind altogether? Once you own yourself, you own yourself, there is no way of going back or easing out of it! That is equal to unlearning something - How do you ease yourself into being less smart? For me that is the equivalent? No one wants to be owned! But remember it was the 50's.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 04-28-2008, 11:45 AM
mdeledda's Avatar
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 151
Grandiose, graziöse Grace
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 04-30-2008, 08:06 AM
Attaining Grace's Avatar
Aristocracy
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 140
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by sandsla View Post
Where exactly do you think she failed? And where were they not discreet? Considering both were high profile personalities, Grace more than Rainier? i thought they did a pretty good job? Most people didn't even know where Monaco was until Grace married Rainier? I personally think they were very discreet, and I don't understand how Grace could have fufilled her contractual obligations with MGM and at the same time, train for her role? T.
I absolutely agree, Sandsla. I recently read Grace by Robert Lacey (which I reviewed on my blog) and I thought that she handled her situation extremely well and she put Monaco on the map, as you say!

bookaddiction
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 01-29-2009, 07:29 AM
queenofthelight's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 3,348
These photos were made by Howell Conant in Grace's apartment, New York, 1956
http://i42.tinypic.com/33p97pt.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2wodoiu.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/adm1jr.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/14c5e03.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/3497629.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/2jerdaw.jpg

My collection of Gracie:
Jamaica
http://i42.tinypic.com/343mdlu.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/rw820n.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/2ikxxl0.jpg

This amazing photo was a creation, which Howell Conant made!!!
http://s5.tinypic.com/2eft5is.jpg (Jamaica, 1955)

http://s5.tinypic.com/15dweid.jpg
http://s5.tinypic.com/35bb69d.jpg

Jamaica, 1955
http://s5.tinypic.com/2qcp4it.jpg
Howell said that the most beautiful feature in Grace's face was her eyes. And at this point I absolutely agree with him!

http://s5.tinypic.com/2z5kniw.jpg

This photo from my book of Grace Kelly!
http://s5.tinypic.com/2lw0tfr.jpg
http://s5.tinypic.com/mcpz0m.jpg

Grace with Howell Conant (1959)
Our life is full of fun!
http://s5.tinypic.com/opuvkg.jpg
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 01-30-2009, 05:34 PM
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: ******, Spain
Posts: 2,669
Thanks for the beautiful photos
There are no wods to describe her.She was perfect
She is very natural in these photos.Thanks for posting
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 01-30-2009, 07:02 PM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Troy, United States
Posts: 3,034
Absolutely astounding!! I have never seen photos like this of Grace and Rainier. How wonderful to have stumbled upon this thread. I also appreciated the personal comments from the photographer! Just wonderful...

Great shot!! I love it...Grace definately isn't posing here.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 02-18-2009, 11:56 PM
EmpressRouge's Avatar
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: , United States
Posts: 1,294
Quote:
Originally Posted by queenofthelight View Post
This amazing photo was a creation, which Howell Conant made!!!
http://s5.tinypic.com/2eft5is.jpg (Jamaica, 1955)
I remember from the book Conant saying that Grace was wearing no make-up in that picture except maybe some white eye-liner. Show what a completely natural beauty Grace was.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 02-19-2009, 12:22 AM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Troy, United States
Posts: 3,034
An amazing photo indeed!! But she appears to have Some make-up on such as abit of eyebrow pencil and definately some lip color. Conant is not about to tell all of her secrets! Whatever, with or without make-up, Grace was just an exquisite beauty.

In my opinion All of Grace's features were perfection!
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 02-20-2009, 03:48 PM
Heir Presumptive
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: ******, Spain
Posts: 2,669
Of course she had beautiful blue eyes,but in my opinion, her most beautiful feature ,was her nose.
I agree with you,but the nose was extremely beautiful
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 02-20-2009, 06:18 PM
iowabelle's Avatar
Royal Highness
Royal Blogger, TRF Author
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Des Moines, United States
Posts: 2,405
Grace had such a lovely face. If she had a fault it might have been a rather square jaw line, but I think she was probably one of the most delicately beautiful women I've ever seen.

And if you compare her to another beauty, Princess Diana, it makes you appreciate them for their differences. Diana was very asymmetrical, her eyes were quite different in size and her nose leaned to one side with that awful bump. (I make her sound quite awful.) But I think it was Diana's personality that made her beautiful.

Grace had an aura of serenity which I find very attractive, but I think she was a much more classical beauty, with fewer "flaws". It's a shame we never got to see Grace and Diana age. I am sure they would have been great inspirations to us ladies.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 02-20-2009, 08:23 PM
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Troy, United States
Posts: 3,034
A beautifully written post, iowabelle, and one in which I totally agree with. You brought up the qualities of Grace and what made her such a great beauty..both inside and out.
I really don't think that anyone can compare Grace's beauty to Diana's as they are so different. Diana was young, fresh, and innocent and just cried out for a make-over. She rose to the 'challenge' and then some! She was not a classic beauty but was tall, long legs to die for, and just wore clothes like no-one else could, and managed to look like everyone would have Wished to look. She was modern, whereas Grace was Hollywood. One could relate to Diana in more ways, perhaps.
I for one, would give anything to have seen both as they aged...We were able to see more of Grace and she remained regal and beautiful to the end. Diana, if only.....
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 03-20-2009, 12:32 PM
Grace Angel's Avatar
Nobility
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Iowa, United States
Posts: 462
I really like this book. He took some amazing pictures of her particularly if I remember right ( although it's been some eight years since I've seen a copy of this book) some pictures of her in a black (?) dress in the book and also the pictures of her in the water.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 04-02-2009, 04:14 AM
queenofthelight's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 3,348
I like the book of Howell Conant, he was a pro cameraman. Howell often said that Grace was beautiful in each angles, especially Grace's eyes. Peeping in her eyes you could see everything, what sort of a person Grace was - funny, lovely, tender and, of course, very beautiful.
I love most of all photos of Grace in the water as she is so natural and beautiful at the same time, without any pretence.
I could say that this book was made with the openhearted sense.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 04-02-2009, 09:31 AM
EmpressRouge's Avatar
Serene Highness
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: , United States
Posts: 1,294
Howell Conant described Grace's best feature was her luminous skin, which couldn't be completely captured on camera (esp. black and white). If Grace had one flaw, it would have been that her jawline/face shape a little bit square. That's why his portraits of Grace were at a 3/4 angle and not straight on.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 04-02-2009, 01:01 PM
Grace Angel's Avatar
Nobility
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Iowa, United States
Posts: 462
Some of the best photos ever taken of Grace in my opinion were those ones in the water.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 04-06-2009, 04:37 AM
queenofthelight's Avatar
Heir Apparent
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Moscow, Russia
Posts: 3,348
Yes, it's true. She was a pro model, as felt suitable moments for shooting.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 05-24-2009, 09:05 AM
boots's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: london, United Kingdom
Posts: 5
does anyone have the grace howell conant book with the colour cover not the black and white, as i would like to know if there is any difference as i have the black and white cover version, i have seen some pics which are ment to be from the colour covered version of grace in jamaica wearing a short black dress/skirt which are not in my version of the book, can anyone clear this up before i pay for the colour covered book.

thanks in adavance,

also thanks to all the posters of the wondefull pictures many of which are new to me.
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Satirical Portrait of Princess Mary Anntw Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary and Family 33 01-07-2009 04:06 AM
2008 Official Portrait Poll Empress Picture of the Month, Special Features, Blogs & Articles 40 02-26-2008 06:26 PM




Additional Links
Popular Tags
abdication birth charlene chris o'neill crown prince frederik crown prince haakon crown princess letizia crown princess mary crown princess mette-marit duchess of cambridge dutch royal history engagement fashion genealogy grand duchess maria teresa grand duke henri hohenzollern infanta leonor infanta sofia jewellery jordan king abdullah ii king carl xvi gustav king constantine ii king felipe king felipe vi king harald king juan carlos king philippe king willem-alexander luxembourg olympic games olympics ottoman picture of the month pom prince albert prince albert ii prince carl philip prince felipe prince floris prince maurits prince pieter-christiaan princess aimee princess anita princess astrid princess beatrix princess charlene princess claire princess letizia princess mabel princess madeleine princess marilene princess mary queen anne-marie queen letizia queen mathilde queen maxima queen rania queen silvia royal royal fashion russia sofia hellqvist spain state visit the hague visit wedding winter olympics 2014



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:38 PM.

Social Knowledge Networks

eXTReMe Tracker
Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014
Jelsoft Enterprises

Royal News Delivered to your Email!

You can get the latest Royal News right in your inbox.

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]