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This Happened - April 19: ​Wedding Of The Century

Grace Kelly and Rainier III were married in a religious ceremony on this day in 1956, at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco.

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In Monaco, Four-Year-Old Runs Over Man With Dad's Bentley

The idea that the streets of Monaco are lined with luxury vehicles isn't an overstatement. The recently crowned "supercar capital of the world" also comes with risks, as stretch limousines and sports cars must navigate the tiny city-state's meandering streets and narrow squares.

Yet last Friday, when a Bentley crashed into a Belgian man outside the Place du Casino, the driver at fault turned out to be quite a wildcard: a four-year-old boy.

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Sylvie Chayette

24 Hours In Monaco, But Away From The Garish And Gaudy

It's possible to spend an entire day in Monaco, on the French Riviera, off the tourist trail, far from ostentatious jewelry and pampered princesses.

MONTE CARLO — Few places in the world are as marked by clichés as Monaco, with its casinos, Ferraris, gleaming "60s-era high-rises and glitzy royal family, a mainstay of the world's tabloids since American actress Grace Kelly became princess of the sovereign city-state in 1956.

At first glance, the place seems to be every bit as kitsch as the glossy magazines make it out to be. But an all-day stroll through some of its main wards (Monaco Ville, Monte Carlo, Moneghetti, La Condamine and Fontvieille) offers a more nuanced view of the microstate, revealing its timelessness and unexpectedly originality.

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Aesthetic Canon

My 4-year-old daughter and my father could not look more 1960s if they tried, posing by — and on — a cannon on the square in front of the Prince's Palace of Monaco.


Busy Rock

This is the arresting Rock of Monaco, back when you could snap a picture without having to slalom between obnoxious sports cars.

Céline Lauer

Monaco's Secrets: Prince Albert’s Wedding Cracks Open Super-Rich City-State

It’s the second smallest state in the world, stomping ground for millionaires and eccentrics, and host to Prince Albert’s royal wedding this weekend. But there’s more to Monaco, from the snubbing of the nouveaux riches to mingling at the local fruit marke

MONTE CARLO - You run into Charlene and Albert all the time here. Take last Sunday night shortly before nine, at the bus stop on Place d'Armes, not far from the Royal Castle. Suddenly, around the corner comes a motorcycle cop and a sedan accompanying a dark blue limo (license plate MC01). Sitting in the back of the limousine are a man with glasses and a blond woman. The vehicles are heading in the direction of Monte Carlo, speeding by so fast that delighted tourists don't have time to capture the moment on film.

Locals either take in the princely convoy with a friendly nod, commenting aloud "Ah voilà le prince!" or continue, unfazed, to study the bus timetable. Seeing the prince is no big deal, after all, it happens often enough. Welcome to Monaco.

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