Overall: 18cm (7.2in) x 13cm (6in)
Full length double portrait of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco in evening dress. Autographed signed by both sitters. 5.75ins x 3.75ins approximately. Framed and glazed.
Prince Rainier (1923-2005) was born to Prince Pierre and Princess Charlotte, and studied in England, Switzerland and France before joining the French army as a foreign serviceman in 1944. His mother renounced the throne in 1944, leaving Rainier to succeed his grandfather, Prince Louis II in 1949. He immediately set about modernising the tiny principality that covers less than one square. Rainier had been on the throne for seven years when he met Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who was in Monaco filming the Hitchcock classic To Catch A Thief which included scenes on the twisty mountain roads behind Monte Carlo where the actress would meet her untimely death.