1961 visit of Monaco Royalty
In June 1961 Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco and their children stayed in the hotel. One of the iconic and well known couples in the world at the time, the visit of the royal couple and family came with heightened security as a result of threat of kidnapping elsewhere on the family in Europe.
Former head porter and head barman Sonny Lonny recalls of the visit ….
‘They didn’t drink in the bar’ recalls Looney who was still only a raw recruit at the time, , ‘but I did get to meet her and I did get to serve her. I served her drinks in their room.’ The royal guests used to frequent the hotel’s restaurant for dinner in the evening. Our most famous suite”The Princess Grace Suite” is named after Princess Grace who tragically died in 1982 after suffering a small stroke while driving home from France to Monaco.