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Tuesday, September 14, 1982. :   Princess Grace of Monaco dies after receiving severe injuries in a car crash.

     Hollywood actress Grace Kelly was born on 12 November 1929. She had a lucrative acting career, and was best known for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock films. She met Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955, while attending the Cannes film festival, and the two were married on 18 April 1956. She put aside her acting career to take up new duties as the Princess of Monaco.

On 13 September 1982, the Princess was driving near Monte Carlo when she suffered a minor stroke. Losing control, she crashed down an embankment, injuring both herself and her youngest daughter, Stephanie. Whilst Stephanie suffered a serious cervical fracture, Princess Grace did not regain consciousness at all, dying on September 14. She was given a full royal funeral at the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Monte Carlo.

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