Despite passing away 33 years ago this week, there are still a number of poignant reminders of the belated Princess Grace throughout the Principality of Monaco, her home of more than 26 years.
Former American actress Grace Kelly, who became a real life princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, tragically died on September 14th 1982 in a horrific car accident. Princess Grace had been driving down the hill from the royal family’s country home in Roc Agel to Monaco when she lost control of her vehicle and careered off the road.
The beautiful princess consort, mother of Prince Albert II of Monaco and his two sisters Princesses Stephanie and Caroline, was just 52 when she died.
In the years following her untimely death Princess Grace has been commemorated in a number of ways in Monaco; for example one of the Principality’s most exclusive streets, hosting some of the finest Monaco real estate, now carries her name as does Monaco’s theatre and main hospital.
But perhaps the most befitting commemoration to the deceased is the Princess Grace Rose Garden, a stunning oasis in the centre of Monaco which was opened two years after her death by Prince Rainier III.
The then-Prince of Monaco inaugurated the first Rose Garden in Fontvieille on June 18th 1984 in memory of his wife, who was commemorated in a statute by Kees Verkade set amongst 4,000 roses. Fast forward 30 years and the garden was reopened in 2014 to encompass a surface area of more than 5,000m2.
Now, visitors can enjoy wandering around the gardens where they will find a small lake bordered by palms and olive trees and a number of contemporary sculptures positioned on a path which winds its way through the rose bushes. There are now some 8,000 bushes, including 300 varieties of roses.
Many roses bear the names of members of the Royal family, whilst others have been named after celebrities and well-known figures who are friends of Monaco.
The Rose Garden is now run with the help of a newly established organization called Les Amis de la Roseraie Princesse Grace de Monaco, a group which is amongst other things currently putting together material for a book about the history of the rose garden.
It also offers courses on horticultural themes such as rose pruning and is planning an international Rose Competition.
The Princess Grace Rose Garden, situated on Avenue des Guelfes in Fontvieille, is open all year round, from sunrise to sunset.
Article kindly submitted by La Costa Properties Monaco, a luxury real estate agency situated in Monte Carlo.