Monaco's royal couple will be visiting the U.S. this fall

By Peter Mikelbank
Updated July 27, 2016 10:50 AM
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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are headed to the U.S.

First, the royal couple will visit Washington, D.C., in late September “to celebrate the 10th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the exchange of ambassadors between Monaco and the United States,” Prince Albert told PEOPLE in a recent interview.

The next day, they’ll be in New York City to inaugurate a new Cartier store, which will feature a tribute to Albert’s parents, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. They’ll also return to New York in October to attend the annual Princess Grace Foundation dinner.

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But there’s another favorite spot the royal dad says he’d like to share with his wife.

“I’d like to show her Ocean City, New Jersey,” he says. “I used to go there a lot when I was young.”

As a young girl, Philadelphia-raised Grace Kelly summered at her family home on the Jersey Shore and waitressed at the local Chatterbox restaurant, riding on its parade float as the restaurant’s beauty queen contestant. And even after she became a leading lady in Hollywood she remained loyal to her summer home. Later, in her royal life, she organized vacations with Prince Rainier and their children, inviting famous friends including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bob Hope to the family’s annual Labor Day barbecue.

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Grace adamantly believed sharing her family’s vacation home on the Jersey shore was an essential part of the “normal” life she tried to give her three children. Albert and his sister, Princess Caroline, learned to surf at Ocean City – and Albert attempted to learn how to skateboard there.

Today, the Ocean City Historical Museum hosts an annual Grace Kelly Tea and keeps a replica of her wedding dress on display.

“There’s still a Kelly reunion at Ocean City every Labor Day,” says Albert, adding that this year, “maybe we’ll just surprise them!”