HSH Prince Albert will be crossing the Atlantic this week, making a royal return to a very special Kelly family home and participating in a riverside ceremony on Wednesday, October 25 in honour of three Olympic heroes all related to the Sovereign.

While it is more commonly known that Prince Albert was an Olympic athlete, piloting Monaco’s bobsleigh team in five Winter Olympic Games, the sovereign is in fact a third generation Olympian. John Kelly, more affectionately known as ‘Jack’, won three Olympic gold victories in the 1920s. John also won over 125 consecutive single scull races, only adding to the argument for him being the greatest singles rower of all time.

John B. Kelly III memorial

John’s cousin Paul Costello also won three Olympic gold medals, before John’s son and Grace’s brother John Jr., also known as Kell, followed suit in picking up the family oars and taking them all the way to the top of the sport. ‘Jack’ and ‘Kell’ are the only father and son team represented in the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

The house was built in 1925 by Princess Grace Kelly’s parents, John and Margaret Kelly, and underwent renovation in 2017. A childhood home of Grace and her siblings, Prince Albert also enjoyed fond childhood memories in the famous family’s home located on the bank of the Schuylkill River, where his grandfather John certainly enjoyed rowing.

All images courtesy of the Palais Princier/Gaetan Luci

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