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The legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco continues...

Photo by G. Lukomski

Princess Grace was committed to promoting the welfare and well-being of the world's children and personally instigated and supported worthwhile projects locally and around the world. She presided over many charitable events to help raise funds and awareness of children's issues, but Her greatest joy came from being in the company of children. In 1966, She helped create Monaco's first daycare center and was a frequent visitor (pictured above in 1977).


Grand Prize Winner


Second Prize Winner

More than 100 entries submitted from across the United States were received in this special art contest for children aged 8 to 12 who were invited to create a 9” by 12” piece of artwork on the subject of how Princess Grace inspires them.

The Grand Prize winner is Anna, aged 12, from New York City whose brilliant combination black-and-white pencil etching with colored-pen drawing juxtaposes a young Grace Kelly on the film set of Dial M For Murder with a regal Princess Grace in a formal, official setting.

Anna, a 7th grade student, wins a trip to the Principality of Monaco with a parent or legal guardian to view this summer’s The Grace Kelly Years exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco (open from July 12 - September 23). They will fly courtesy of SWISS International Air Lines and stay for three nights at the four-star deluxe Fairmont Monte Carlo.

The second prize winner, eight-year-old Ava, coincidentally from Princess Grace’s home state of Pennsylvania, produced a thoughtful scene incorporating several of Princess Grace’s favourite past-times – flowers and ballet in a pressed floral arrangement. In her outstanding pencil-and-floral-submission, Ava used pansies and other flowers to depict ballerinas and a princess-figure holding a small bouquet. Ava will receive four complimentary tickets to attend the opening reception of Grace, Princess of Monaco exhibition to be held at Sotheby's from October 15 - 26 in New York City.

“The variety of ideas and attention to detail in the entries we received was quite astounding,” said Hon. Maguy Maccario-Doyle, Consul General of Monaco and one of the contest judges.

“There were so many wonderful aspects of Princess Grace’s personality, her life and career that were highlighted by the children. It was clear that all the entries were carefully and thoughtfully produced and many were truly inspired,” she said.

The other judges were Mr. James Niven, vice chairman of Sotheby’s, son of legendary actor David Niven and a longtime family friend of the Princess; Hon. John Lehman, Chairman of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and Ms. Pamela Fiori, editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine.

The teachers of the winning students will receive a copy of Grace Kelly – A Life in Pictures by Pierre-Henri Verlhac (2007).

This contest was organized with the support of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA, Swiss International Air Lines and the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

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