Mystery Of Grace Kelly’s Shoes: Why Was A Copper Penny Concealed Under The Insole?

Date May 9, 2018 11:19

More than 60 years have passed after Grace Kelly, an American actress, married Monaco's Prince Rainier III, but there is still plenty of mystery around this woman.

When Rainier III met Kelly, he was a 32-year-old enviable bachelor. She was 26 then. Rainier was starting to consider marrying and having an heir.

Grace Kelly met her husband-to-be during her photo shoot, which they had both been invited to. She was annoyed at her partner being late. When Rainier saw the offended girl, he thought this couldn't be love at first sight, although he was charmed by Grace’s beauty.


They wrote letter upon letter for quite a while. Rainier impressed Grace with his marvelous writing style, and she was amused to learn everything about the life of the prince's family. In a few months, enamored Rainier arrived at Philadelphia to ask Grace’s parents for her hand in marriage.

Kelly’s parents took their time thinking if they should let their daughter marry a foreigner and move abroad. They were sure it was a serious step back in her astounding Hollywood career. Turned out, they were right: After the wedding, Rainier forbade Grace to star in movies.

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The Monaco royal newly-wedded family seemed happy and loving. The spouses were raising three children.

The fiancée’s wedding gown was gorgeous indeed. 35 people worked on her dress for six weeks! Now, almost all the wedding clothing is kept at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for everyone interested to see.

50 years after the wedding, experts noticed something interesting. They made an X-ray of Grace Kelly’s shoes and saw a round object under the insole of the right shoe.

It appeared, there was a copper penny sewed into Grace Kelly’s right shoe. For luck, as they say. Back then, it was fairly common for brides to carry a small prayer book, but Kelly wanted her talisman to be concealed from everybody. Even from her.

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