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Princess Grace & Prince Rainier of Monaco Signed Gorgeous First Day Cover Commemorating Their Marriage in 1956

A vibrantly colored bilingual Premier Jour d'émission / First Day of Issue postal cover commemorating the April 19, 1956 marriage of Monaco's rulers Prince Rainier III (1923-2005) and Princess Grace, née Kelly (1929-1982), signed by each respectively as "Rainier Prince de Monaco" and "Grace de Monaco" at the center. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

The postal cover features a colorful cachet at extreme left, depicting Rainier and Grace's dual cypher, a crowned "RG," situated below two shields with the American and Monegasque flags at center, and a stylized depiction of the royal palace at bottom. Translated at upper left as: "Commemoration of the Marriage / of his Serene Highness / His Grace Rainier III / Sovereign Prince of Monaco / With / Grace - Patricia Kelly." The special hand-stamps repeat the royal cypher and include the marriage date. Bearing three cancelled stamps, one 1-franc green, one 2-franc red, and one 3-franc blue. Grace's signature is slightly smeared, and the "onaco" of "Monaco" is concealed by the bottom most stamp, else near fine. 6.5" x 3.75." Accompanied by a typed promotional insert and the original transmittal Airmail envelope bearing three additional Monegasque stamps, addressed to an autograph seeker named Sergeant M. Carl Drasher of San Francisco.

Prince Rainier and American Hollywood actress Grace Kelly were wed in a civil ceremony in the Palace Throne Room in Monaco-Ville on April 18, 1956. The pair also attended religious nuptials the following day at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in the old city. The couple were married for 26 years before Kelly's death in a car crash.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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