It’s Been One Year Since the Engagement Announcement!

So on November 16, 2010 one Royal Poster was in London while the other was on the other side of the world, so naturally the Londoner paid the other a five am phone call to share the news that it was official! William and Kate were engaged after all those years – hurray.

We’d been following Kate since she was first photographed at Klosters with William.

Here is one of the first public photographs taken of the couple:

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to review the events of November 16, 2010.

It all went down very quickly that morning, with William informing the Queen, the Prime Minister, and his staff of this news first thing in the morning. The Queen would have known that this was coming down the pipeline, so it wouldn’t have been a surprise at all. When Kate and William went to William’s office, apparently they were very giddy and excited.

The couple had become engaged in October, and had originally intended to make the announcement earlier, but decided to delay when Kate’s grandfather passed away early in November. Check out our post on the couple’s engagement in Kenya by clicking here.

The official announcement came from Clarence House and read as follows, “The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father. Following the marriage, the couple will live in North Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.’

Here’s a photo of Charles that day:

A reaction followed from Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence. A spokesman said, ‘Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are absolutely delighted for them both.’

Kate’s parents walked down from their house to the bottom of their drive to speak to the press. It was really very sweet to watch. Carole was clearly beside herself and apparently had purchased a jacket just for the occasion (we’d probably have done the same thing).

Kate’s dad Michael read the following statement that they had prepared, likely with Kate’s input. They had known about this for awhile and it must have been tough to keep the secret. Michael said, “Carole and I are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement and thrilled at the prospect of a wedding some time next year. As you know Catherine and Prince William have been going out together for quite a number of years which has been great for us because we have got to know William very well. We all think he is wonderful and we are extremely fond of him. They make a lovely couple, they are great fun to be with, and we’ve had a lot of laughs together. We wish them every happiness for the future.”

After Kate and William faced the press at a photo call at St. James Palace and answered some questions, they sat down for their official engagement interview with ITV News’ Tom Bradby. We have more information on that interview here.

Once the announcement was made, Kate was no longer a private citizen and was granted round the clock security. That must have been a huge adjustment among the many adjustments that began that day. She was photographed leaving Westminster Abbey on the night of November 17th so preparations began straight away! This was the first time Kate was seen with her own protection officers (below).  William had already returned to Wales to get back to work.

Here’s to Kate & William!

British Royal Family’s Tiara Collection ~ A Few Key Ones

Welcome to Part One of the British Royal Family’s Tiaras!

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Let’s start with this recognizable piece often worn by the Queen.

Shown with the diamond base
Shown without the diamond base

This tiara was a gift from the girls of Great Britain and Ireland to Princess Mary of Teck on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York in 1893. One of the things that Queen Mary was  famous for was her jewellery collection. Society matron Lady Eve Greville organised a committee to raise the funds to purchased the tiara from Garrard. Princess Mary wrote to a relative at the time, “The presents are quite magnificent. The ladies of society gave a lovely diamond spiked tiara”. (Can you imagine this sort of thing happening these days? A collection among ‘the people’ to buy Kate a tiara for her wedding? My, times have changed!)

Mary when The Duches of York, wearing the tiara with the base and pearls

The tiara has diamond festoons and 27 collet spikes and can be worn with or without the diamond base, as shown above. The tiara also had nine large pearls set on the diamond spikes and although Queen Mary originally wore it with upstanding pearl spikes,  when she gifted it to her granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth for her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, it had the pearls removed. The Queen affectionately calls it ‘Granny’s tiara’.

Queen Elizabeth wearing ‘Granny’s tiara’ without the pearls or base

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

Vladimir Tiara, with Pearls

This tiara was made in 1890 and originally belonged to The Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia. The tiara had been smuggled out of Russia by a British diplomat during the 1917 revolution. Queen Mary bought this tiara in 1921 when the Grand Duchess died.

The Grand Duchess wearing the Vladimir Tiara
Queen Mary wearing the Vladimir Tiara

Queen Mary had the tiara adapted so that the hanging pearls could be exchanged with the Cambridge cabochon emeralds. The Cambridge Emeralds were won in a charity lottery in 1818. Augusta, the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Mary’s grandmother. Mary’s brother, Prince Francis of Teck had left the emeralds in his will to a mistress. Queen Mary persuaded a judge have the will sealed and kept quiet. Mary bought back the Cambridge Emeralds and she wore them at her husband George V’s coronation.

The Vladimir Tiara with the Cambridge Emeralds

In 1953 left it in her will to her granddaughter Princess Elizabeth who has worn it often as Queen, with the emeralds and with the pearls.

The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara

The Russian Kokoshnik Tiara

The tiara was gifted to Princess Alexandra on her Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1888, from  365 peeresses of the United Kingdom. Lady Salisbury organised this gift, which was made by Garrard. Alexandra had requested that the tiara be in the fashionable design of a Russian girl’s headdress, a kokoshnik. Her sister Marie Feodorovna, the Empress of Russia, had a tiara in this style. The tiara consists of 61 platinum bars and 488 diamonds.

Queen Mary wearing the Kokoshnik Tiara
Queen Elizabeth wearing the Kokoshnik

Stay tuned for more tiaras in a future post!

Princess Maxima’s Engagement Ring

Princess Maxima of the Netherlands is a very interesting and impressive lady. She was born Maxima Zorreguieta in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. She grew up in Buenos Aires and in school learned to speak English fluently. She is now also fluent in Dutch.

Here are some childhood photographs of Maxima from the Dutch Royal Family’s official website.

What a cutie!

A snapshot of an older, pre-princess Maxima

Maxima has a degree in economics and was working in investment banking in New York City when she first met Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands.The couple met in Seville, Spain during the Seville Spring Fair in 1999. Much like when Mary Donaldson met Prince Frederik and he introduced himself simply as “Fred”, Prince Willem-Alexander introduced himself to Maxima simply as “Alexander.” When he later told her he was a prince she didn’t believe him and assumed he was having her on.

Three weeks later, the couple met up in New York and started dating. Of this meeting Maxima later said, “I’d nearly forgotten what he looked like.” She also spoke about how she tried to keep her boyfriend’s identity a secret from her parents at first. She said, “I would tell them something different, but at some point I had no other remedy than to say: ‘He’s the prince of Holland.’” To be closer to the prince, Maxima moved from New York City to Brussels in May of 2000 and began working at the EU Representative Office of Deutsche Bank. She stopped working there when the couple’s engagement was announced in March of 2001.

Once their relationship became public,  the couple faced serious controversy. Maxima’s father, Jorge Zorreguieta, had been the agriculture minister in the Argentine regime of the dictator Videla who was infamous for his human rights violations. Queen Beatrix continued to support the couple regardless, and publicly appeared with both Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander. After receiving approval from the Dutch government, the couple announced their engagement on March 30, 2001, alongside the Queen and Prince Claus. What a sweet family picture:

To mark their engagement, Prince Willem-Alexander gave Maxima a very unique ring. The ring features an oval shaped orange diamond flanked by two tear drop shaped diamonds. Two outer bands make up this significant piece.

Orange is the historic national colour of the Netherlands and the royal family is of the House of Orange-Nassau so this was a very symbolic choice, much like how Prince Frederik gave Mary Donaldson a ruby and diamond ring to symbolize Denmark’s flag. Up until the 17th century, orange was on the country’s national flag; the national colours are now red, white, and blue.  Prince Willem-Alexander holds the title Prince of Orange as the heir to the Dutch throne.

Here is the couple at Prince Albert’s wedding to Charlene in Monaco this past summer. Maxima’s dress matched the ring!

Back to the engagement. Here is video of the televised announcement. It’s in Dutch – but even if you don’t speak that language, you get the idea! The couple and Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus look extremely happy. For her part, Maxima learned to speak the Dutch language very quickly and she used this announcement to show off her new skill, which did a lot to impress the people of the Netherlands.


These pictures were taken later that day. Don’t they look delighted? We love that Maxima is an enthusiastic waver!

The couple married of February 2, 2002 in Amsterdam. Check out more information on Princess Maxima’s gorgeous wedding dress by clicking here.

The couple has three daughters. Their first child, Princess Catharina-Amalia, was born on the 7th of December, 2003. Their second child, Princess Alexia, was born on 26 June 2005 and their third child, Princess Ariane, on 10 April 2007.

We look forward to more posts on these Royals in the future!

UPDATED: The Royals at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday

The Queen traditionally leads the annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in London. Today the sun is shining here, nice for the elderly servicemen. This year, there are no more veterans from WWI. The two minutes of silence was begun and ended with a shot, which we could hear from where we are just four seconds later.

Here is the Queen laying the first wreath. The members of the royal family, not their spouses, each lay a wreath. This year, The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and the Duke of Kent all lay wreaths. Here is the Queen laying hers:

Here’s a look back at the Royal Family on the Foreign Office balcony overlooking the cenotaph during the Remembrance Sunday commemoration last year. There’s the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of Gloucester. Their spouses were below laying wreaths.

This year, Kate was on the balcony as well, between the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex which leads us to believe that they stand in the order of succession. That’s Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence on the far right.

Here is a close up of just Camilla and Kate:

Kate is wearing two poppies, which likely represents two family members or friends killed in battle. The Queen wears five poppies each year. Kate is also wearing a black jacket,  her Kiki Mcdonough ‘Grace’ earrings and a black hat we believe to be from milliner Jane Corbett, as the bow embellishment resembles the hat she wore to the service for Prince Philip’s birthday back in June of this year. Jane Corbett is sold in Roxtons in Hungerford, Berkshire where Kate is often spotted with her family. Check out the Jane Corbett website here.

UPDATED: we received confirmation from Jane Corbett today that Kate’s hat is indeed one of her designs. She wrote: “Thank you for your email, I can confirm that the black hat worn by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was indeed one of my hats.”

The British certainly put on a respectful service; it is so important to remember the extraordinary sacrifices that continue to be made.

William & Kate host a Black Tie Reception

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted another black tie evening at St. James Palace tonight. It was no coincidence that tomorrow (November 11) is Remembrance Day and the dinner was in support of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) Appeal. According to the NMA website, “The NMA Appeal was set up to ensure that the necessary facilities for widows, families, comrades and the public were provided. In time, the National Memorial Arboretum seeks to become a world class Centre for Remembrance.”

William has been patron of this organization since April 2009. To read more about the organization on their official website, click here. William gave a short speech to start the evening off. If you’d like to hear the speech, BBC reporter Peter Hunt provided this link on his twitter feed; sounds like he or someone else at the dinner just might have taped it on their iPhone!

Here’s William launching the Appeal on April 24, 2009:

We are happy to see that both Wiliiam and Kate wore poppies to the event. The tradition of wearing poppies in November is very strong in Commonwealth countries. For our American friends who may not be familiar with this tradition, the poppy became a symbol of remembrance due to the poppies that grew in the fields where slain WWI soldiers were buried. Check out the UK Poppy Appeal by clicking here and the Royal Canadian Legion appeal by clicking here.

Here’s a close up of what the UK poppies look like:

Kate pulled out yet another long, column dress that accentuates her waist. The savvy folks over on the What Kate Wore facebook page identified the dress as a Jenny Packham gown really quickly. Three cheers for them!!! Angelina Jolie wore the dress in red to the Tree of Life premier last December. It certainly does look the same as Kate’s dress. Still waiting for confirmation from Jenny Packham, though…

Kate is also wearing some SERIOUS bling on her ears. Like, wow. At first we though they might be the ones that Kate wore Los Angeles at the BAFTA event…but when comparing the two, they are definitely different. Perhaps a loan from the Queen?

And another look:

To compare, here’s a close up of Kate’s earrings  from the LA BAFTA event:

We’ll keep researching to see if we can identify these earrings from the Queen’s collection or somewhere else. In the meantime, here’s to hoping Kate brings out her wedding earrings again soon. They deserve another appearance, stat!

The other piece of jewelry that Kate is wearing we do recognize –  the diamond bracelet that first appeared during their North American tour was pulled out once again!

Here’s a closer look at it:

More info as it comes!

In the meantime, let’s recap the gowns Kate has worn since becoming HRH, in order. There are five so far, including tonight’s appearance.

1. Here she is in Jenny Packham:

2. And at the BAFTA event in McQueen:

3. And in Beulah London. For a refresher of our post on this event, click here.

4. And here she is in Amanda Wakely during her first solo engagement. To read our post on that, click here.

5. And of course tonight in what does seem to be Jenny Packham:

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Kate and William’s Future Kensington Palace Apartment

As we discussed in Part Two of A Tale of Two Cottages: The Homes of William and Kate, the couple currently lives in Nottingham Cottage, or ‘Nott Cott’ on the palace grounds. When it was originally announced that William and Kate would be moving there it was said that they only planned to live there for a couple of years until something larger could be found and prepared.

Well, we now have more details on their next, more permanent London base. An apartment is being renovated at Kensington Palace to accommodate them and their ‘household’ – that is their office and staff. A spokesman for St. James’ Palace said, ‘It is expected that the apartment will not be ready for occupation until at least the middle of 2013.” The exact apartment that the couple will be moving into is apartment 1A, the old home of Princess Margaret. Here is an excellent picture from the Daily Mail:

Via The Daily Mail

This is tremendously exciting for us, since we have been in this apartment! As we reported in our post, ‘Hauntings at Kensington Palace‘, one of us royal posters went on the Halloween haunted tour at Kensington Palace. The tour began and ended in Lord Snowdon’s study (the husband of Prince Margaret). We were met on the private road next to the Palace by the tour guides, since the park was closed at that time if night (the tour started at 6:45pm). Because of this, we entered the palace by a side door, not the regular public entry way for tours.

The side door we entered by passed a small, private garden into what was once a reception room in Princess Margaret’s apartment. This reception room is off Margaret’s famous rose garden in the courtyard, and has wall-to-ceiling windows looking into the garden. We believe this was Princess Margaret’s ‘garden room’. It was dark when we were rushed through this room, but it would have lovely natural light during the day time. It also has a gorgeous fireplace and mantle. The lights were off when we went through this room, but the palace staff had placed several battery powered tea light candles into the fireplace which was a nice touch. At the end of the tour we exited from the same reception room to the outside and I tried to walk as slowly as I could on the way out to see as much as possible in the dark.

Garden off 1A

Anyway, after coming in through this dark reception room we entered Lord Snowdon’s study, which is where the 20 people on the sold-out tour could put there coats and bags for the next hour or so. The study had  creaky hardwood floors and crown moldings. A window looked out into front of the palace. Next we entered what looks to be a grand foyer, with a bathroom off of it. This foyer connects to the upstairs (we were on the ground floor) and we suspect, also to one or two other rooms on the main floor. It is also where a ghost has been seen several times by palace staff, as we reported in our previous post.

Ground Floor Foyer at 1A
Another view of the foyer

At the end of the tour to get back to the study we walked through hallways in this apartment that were in the midst of being refurbished, with new carpeting (dark red) and floor protecters and boards everywhere. It also had the smell of fresh paint. We were advised to watch our step. Interestingly, this refurbishment was not for William and Kate but rather for the offices and use of the Historic Royal Palaces staff, who have had the use of the space in the year’s since Princess Margaret’s death in 2002. The Daily Mail reports that Historic Royal Palaces uses the apartment ‘for offices, classrooms, storage and exhibitions.’

Princess Margaret in her Drawing Room. Via The Daily Mail.

In order for William and Kate to move in, Historic Royal Palaces had to hand this space back to the Royal Household, who have spent a lot of funds getting the space refurbished to be used for their purposes. It is reported that the Queen and Prince Charles have been involved so that this transfer could take place, and Historic Royal Palaces will be reimbursed for the costs of the refurbishment that they will not get to use. Too bad they didn’t have the foresight before this all went down!

The Daily Mail reports that an exhibition has been planned for the apartment in 2012 which will still take place. (We don’t yet know what this exhibition is but if it’s open to the public we’l be attending and will do a full report here at The Royal Post!).

Updated October 2012: Both Royal Posters were able to check out the 2012 exhibits: One was Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess and the other was Victoria Revealed. Both were a lot of fun.

After the exhibition, the apartment will handed over to William and Kate in September 2012 to be renovated. The offices of Historic Royal Palaces will be relocated a new area within the Palace.The offices of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will also be located at Kensington Palace and moved from their current location at St.James’ Palace.


Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s Kitchen. Via Historic Royal Palaces
Princess Margaret’s Drawing Rooms

Updated July 24, 2013: William and Kate’s announcement that they had named Baby Cambridge George Alexander Louis was issued from Kensington Palace instead of St. James’ Palace. This is a first!

Here are a few more pictures of the apartment. Once William and Kate take over, it’s unlikely that photos of the interior will be made public, so we might as well enjoy these!

Updated October 3, 2013: 

Well, Us Weekly is reporting that Kate & William’s apartment features:

  • 3 main bedrooms
  • A master bedroom with his and her’s bathrooms
  • A day nursery and night nursery, which will eventually be converted to a playroom
  • 5 reception rooms

A Tale of Two Cottages: The Homes of William and Kate ~ Part Two

In Part One, we talked about Cambridge Cottage Number One, in Wales. Today, we move on to their abode on the grounds of Kensington Palace (or KP as Diana called it)!

A good aerial view of the KP building and grounds

So, as most royal watchers know, Princes William Harry lived with their parents at Kensington Palace as children. After Diana and Charles’ divorce, Diana took over apartments 8 and 9 and William and Harry had their own bedrooms there. After Diana’s death, William and Harry’s London base became St. James’ Palace where Charles had his ‘household’ – that is, his staff of secretaries, press officers, etc, as well as his residence.

Diana, Charles and William at their KP home

When William and Kate’s engagement was announced, there was much speculation over where they would live while in London. Kensington Palace was an obvious choice. One possibility was that they would purchase their own private home, in a residential area, which was eventually turned down for security reasons. Other past royals have been able to live in private residences in London. For example, the Duke and Duchess of York (that is, the parents of Queen Elizabeth, NOT Fergie and Andrew) lived at 145 Piccadilly, in a town house near Hyde Park. They moved into Buckingham Palace when the Duke’s brother Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.

145 Piccadilly, London

Cambridge Cottage #2: ‘Nott Cott’

Via The Sun

Above is an aerial view of the grounds showing the cottage William and Kate are living in while in London. The cottage is called Nottingham Cottage, or ‘Nott Cott’, for those in the know. What a great name. Please can we call it Nott Cott from here on out?

The name comes from the original name for the building that is Kensington Palace. In 1689, King William III and Queen Mary II bought Nottingham House, which had been built for the Earl of Nottingham. This building was re-modelled into Kensington Palace by Sir Christopher Wren (who was also the architect for St Paul’s Cathedral).

Here is an excellent photo of the grounds from the Daily Mail:

Interestingly, at the time that Diana and Charles lived at KP, Diana’s sister Lady Jane, lived in another house on the grounds called the Old Barracks. Lady Fellowes is married to Baron Fellowes, who was once private secretary to the Queen.

Diana and her sister (and neighbour) Jane at Wimbledon in 1984. Via The Daily Mail.

At that time, Diana was working as a nanny for Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, an American couple living in London who had a young son named Patrick. In her book The Diana I Knew, Mary Robertson recounts how Diana would mention that she’d taken Patrick to visit her sister at her home “in Kensington”. She never mentioned that her sister’s home was Nott Cott, and within the palace walls. So fun!

So, what is the cottage like inside? It has two bedrooms, two small reception rooms, a kitchen, and a small garden at the front. and at the time of William and Kate’s moving in, it was reported that Prince Philip gave the couple advice on how to refit the kitchen to use the space more efficiently. We’re not sure if this is true, but it does sound very much like something Prince Philip would do! Kate also reportedly purchased candles and air fresheners to freshen the place up, which apparently was rather musty. They also had the interior walls of the cottage painted before they moved in. The space was ready for them to move into when they were back from their Canada Tour in July 2011.

The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

It has been reported recently that when William and Kate move into a larger, remodeled apartment in Kensington Palace in 2013, Prince Harry will move into Nottingham Cottage which seems like a great fit.

We are very excited to hear that they will be moving into Apartment 1A in the fall of 2013, since one of us recently walked through it when we attended the special one-off tour at Kensington Palace called ‘Eerie Evening Tour at the Enchanted Palace‘! Most tours do not include this part of the palace so we were very lucky! We will give you all the details of what we saw and what changes they are expected to make.

Updated: Check out our post on the tour and Kate and William’s new apartment here.

A Tale of Two Cottages: The Homes of William and Kate ~ Part One

At the moment, Kate and William have two homes: their rented cottage in Wales, and their cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Today, let’s begin with their home in north Wales.


Cambridge Cottage #1: North Wales

The first Cambridge Cottage is the one on the island of Anglesey in North Wales that Prince William first rented when he starting working at RAF Valley as a search and rescue pilot in April 2010. The rent is reportedly 750GBP per month.

The Telegraph reports that the cottage has ‘views of Snowdonia and access to a private beach.’ The Daily Mail has described the cottage as a ‘whitewashed farmhouse’.

These pictures below are from Zimbio and suggest what the farmhouse might look like.  Understandably, the actual house and grounds are under strict security so the media is barred from reporting even how many bedrooms Prince William’s cottage has.

Via Zimbio

The Daily Mail also reports that while staying at the cottage William and Kate occasionally go to local pubs and restaurants, “including the award-winning White Eagle at Rhoscolyn on the north western tip of Anglesey.” The Daily Mail reported that staff claim “Prince William usually drinks bitter, perhaps a pint or two, and Kate sticks to white wine and sparkling water” while William :seems to enjoy our home-made burgers and chips. Kate prefers fish and salads.”

White Eagle Pub

Other activities in Anglesey includes hosting visitors. Pippa has visited William and Kate in Wales;  the sisters were spotted walking on the beach of Llanddwyn Island on the west coast of Anglesey last August. The island is what is known as a tidal island (one that is attached to the mainland, in this case the island of Anglesey, at low tide, but becomes an island at high tide).

While in Wales Kate goes grocery shopping at the local Tesco, where she is often photographed. The Daily Mail has recently reported that she had been spotted also purchasing jam jars at a local hardware store so perhaps that is something else Kate enjoys. Here she is, heading in for some groceries just days after her wedding last April. As you may recall, this was the first time she had been publicly spotted since she got in that helicopter at Buckingham Palace the morning after the wedding:

And here she is again, shortly after Zara’s wedding last summer (yes, it can be chilly in Wales in summer!):

Kate and William have also been spotted at the Cineworld in Llandudno Junction, where they watched The Inbetweeners and Bridesmaids back to back.

In A Tale of Two Cottages ~ Part Two, we’ll tell you all about William and Kate’s cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Stay tuned!

Grace Kelly & Howell Conant: Part Three

So, so far we’ve talked about when photographer Howell Conant first met Grace Kelly (in Part One of this series), and how he covered their engagement and wedding (Part Two). In the years following what had been called “The wedding of the century”, Howell and Grace’s personal and professional relationship continued. Howell would visit Grace at least once or twice a year in Monaco and was there for key moments in Grace’s life.

For example, Howell was there to take pictures of Princess Caroline just hours after she was born and he came back again just forty days later for her christening.

He was also there for Christmas.

And out sailing.

And to capture manysweet family moments. Of this one he said, “I loved photographing Grace when she was with her children, if only because she could get so involved with them that she paid little attention to me and my camera. At the moment when I snapped this photo, nothing was more important than fixing Caroline’s curls.”

And here we have a fun shot of Howell himself with Grace, clowning around while on holiday in the Swiss Alps.

Howell particularly liked this portrait that he took in honour of the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary in 1966. The sash that Grace is wearing is Monaco’s highest honour, the Order of St. Charles. He said, “For me, this picture personifies Princess Grace as the shot from Jamaica, of her head rising from the water, personifies Grace Kelly, the actress.” Despite the crazy hair situation she’s got going on, Grace still looks remarkably regal and poised in this portrait. 

Howell also took many formal portraits of the family over the years, such as this one.

This casual photograph of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier was taken at Roc Agel, their country retreat in 1980.

Sadly, when Grace passed away in September of 1982, Howell was packing for his next trip to Monaco (he was set to take the family’s Christmas portrait). Instead, he travelled there to attend her funeral. This was the only time that Howell did not take his camera with him to Monaco.

Howell published a book about his experiences photographing Grace in 1992. The title of the book is simply “Grace.” He passed away in March of 1999 at the age of 83.

After all these photos of Grace, are you wondering what the photographer himself looked like? We sure were. Here he is on the far right in a snapshot taken by one of his assistants.