THE house where the actress Grace Kelly, after whom a Henley Royal Regatta trophy
THE house where the actress Grace Kelly, after whom a Henley Royal Regatta trophy is named, grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1955 is up for sale.
The six-bedroom property, which is on a 0.69-acre plot with extensive gardens in Philadelphia, has an asking price of $1million.
The house was built in 1935 by her father, John Brendan Kelly, a talented oarsman who won six national championships.
In 1920 he was in the midst of a 126 race-winning run when he applied to compete in the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley.
He was refused on the grounds that he had worked as a bricklayer and therefore was not eligible under the regatta’s rules on amateurism. He was also a member of Vesper Boat Club, which was banned from competing.
Twenty-seven yars later, Kelly’s son, John B Kelly Jnr, an Olympic medal winner, won the Diamonds. He returned two years later and was victorious again — watched by his sister, Grace.
Following her brother’s victory, Grace celebrated at the Angel on the Bridge pub and some say she actually danced on the bar.
Shortly after her visit, a brass plaque was installed to mark the occasion. It reads: “Grace Kelly stood here.”
Princess Grace returned to Henley in 1981 to present the prizes. She died in a car crash the following year.
In 2003, the Princess Grace Challenge Cup, named in her honour, was presented for the first time.