In 1956, just two weeks before her wedding, Grace Kelly packed up her life in Hollywood for good and made the voyage to Europe. These rare and unpublished photographs from the LIFE archives capture her last, rather poignant moments at the film studios, packing her suitcases and bidding farewell to fans….
Leaving the Hollywood lot for the last time, with lavish gowns in tow– costumes she was allowed to keep from her last ever film, High Society.
Packing everything into the boot.
Seamstresses work on Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and veil, designed by MGM’s wardrobe designer, Helen Rose.
A woman puts the finishing touches on the pearl-studded prayer book for Grace Kelly’s wedding.
Grace Kelly inside a New York jewelry store, where she perused possible gifts for her groom.
Taking a breather while packing for her trip.
Posing just off Fifth Avenue surrounded by photographers and fans.
Waving goodbye to Hollywood!
On board the SS constitution, on the way to Europe.
The day before the wedding in Monaco.