The princess bride: Newly revealed family pictures of Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco show why the event is still the world's most glamorous wedding, even after 60 years.
On Monday it will have been exactly six decades since Grace Kelly, the darling of Hollywood, married Monaco's Prince Rainier III - and yet the event remains etched in the minds of millions.
Even the royal weddings of Prince Charles to Lady Diana, and Prince William to Kate Middleton haven't dislodged the fairytale moment from history.
And these magical pictures, kept by the Rainier family in Monaco's palace, show exactly why that is.
'It was such an incredible affair, and it's left such a mark on people,' the couple's only son, Prince Albert, told People magazine.
'For us, it was – and you'll have to ask my sisters [Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie] – for us it was our parents getting married. But what it's meant for Monaco, for people around the world, and, how their story continues to fascinate people, that's something unimaginable.'
Philadelphia-born Kelly had already been dazzling cinemagoers for five years with films such as 'Dial M For Murder' and 'Rear Window' when she headed the U.S. delegation to the Cannes Film Festival in 1955.
While there, she was invited to travel across the French border to the neighboring microstate of Monaco for a photo-shoot with the prince at his palace.
The two met up for the shoot, and afterwards began a secret correspondence. That same year they became engaged, and so began preparations for what became known as 'The Wedding of the Century.'
The Napoleonic Code of Monaco and the Roman Catholic Church required that two ceremonies be held - one civil and one religious - so the entire Palace of Monaco was redecorated for the first ceremony, which was to be followed by a reception for 3,000 Monaco citizens.
Meanwhile, the Saint Nicholas Cathedral had to be prepared for the second, religious, ceremony, which was to be overseen by Monaco's Bishop, Gilles Barthe, and watched on international TV by what was eventually estimated to be 30million people.
MGM, the studio that had seen Kelly through her biggest years as a star, provided two wedding dresses designed by Academy Award-winning Helen Rose, one of which took three weeks to craft.
Invitations were sent out to 700 guests including Aristotle Onassis (later Mr Jackie Kennedy), hotel developer Conrad Hilton and film stars David Niven, Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson and Ava Gardner.
All of this, and the bride was still in America.