Prince Rainier of Monaco, April 1956.
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Prince Rainier (1923-2005) writing at his desk, just a few days before his marriage to American film star Grace Kelly (1929-1982). She became Princess Grace on her marriage to Rainier, who acceded to the throne of Monaco in 1949. Their romance began in room 875 at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. She was killed in a car crash in 1982.