Friday, February 18, 2011

Unique Opportunity to View Historic Collection from Grace Kelly’s Wedding

American actress Grace Patricia Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 in two separate ceremonies: a civil ceremony on April 18 and in a Catholic Mass on April 19. The wedding was called “The Wedding of the Century” and is still considered one of the most beautiful weddings ever. Guests included Cary Grant, David Niven, Gloria Swanson, Aristotle Onassis, Ava Gardner, and Aga Khan. Onassis gave the couple a 147-foot yacht as a wedding present. The couple traveled around the Mediterranean on the yacht for their honeymoon.
Donald Polland of Columbary House antiques is representing a client whose family was close to the action during the wedding planning and the parties and celebrations surrounding Kelly’s wedding in Monaco. As part of the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce’s annual wedding expo, the Columbary House will feature a collection of the items that will eventually be sold later this summer.
Columbary House will be open Saturday through Monday, February 19, 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The business is located at 1286 US Rte. 1, Cape Neddick.
Photo caption: A program from Grace Kelly’s 1956 wedding, on display this weekend at Columbary House Antiques. (Courtesy image)