Monaco is a very small principality of France that lies between France and the Mediterranean Sea. This little strip of land became its own country in 1814 when it gained independence from the French empire. The royal Grimaldi family has been ruling the Principality of Monaco since 1297. This family has been around for a really long time and have never stopped making headlines.
The Grimaldis have been through controversial marriages, Olympic games, and disagreements about extravagant royal decor. Read on to learn everything you’ve ever needed to know about the Monaco royal family.
Actress Grace Kelly Brought The Family To Center-Stage
Long before Meghan Markle left acting for royalty, actress Grace Kelly did it. She married Prince Rainier III of the Grimaldi royal family on 19 April 1956. That was sixty-two years Prince Harry of the British royal family decided to break with tradition and marry an American actress. Grace Kelly decided to give up her acting career for love. She and Prince Rainier met on a train, and the rest is history.
These two didn’t exactly have a smooth relationship, but their wedding was still called “the wedding of the century.”