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It is a televisual tradition that began 62 years earlier with the marriage of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly, an iconic actress at the height of her Hollywood glory.Filmed in black and white, the images of the 1956 ceremony in the European principality were the first of a royal wedding to be transmitted live. Realizing the benefits of televising the event and strengthening its political and economic ties to the United States, Monaco made every effort to make the ceremony a media event of planetary importance.Thirty million Europeans spread across nine different countries tuned in to witness the wedding. Meanwhile 1,800 journalists had invaded "The Rock" of Monaco, a record for the time.
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