As they made their way down the red carpet, their serene highnesses were greeted by a little girl wearing a pink dress, Lindsay Atkinson, who handed a bouquet of flowers to Princess Charlene.
'Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess' is based on similar exhibits held in London, Paris and Monaco, and makes its only North American stop in Toronto. From Canada, it will head to Australia, before returning to Grimaldi Palace.
“From the very beginning the palace has been incredibly supportive of the exhibition, really excited that the legacy of their princess could actually come to North America,” says TIFF's artistic director, Noah Cowan.
The exhibit, which will open on Friday, is roughly divided into three sections : Kelly's life as a movie star, a bride and princess.
Expected to run Toronto until January 22 2012, Cowan says fans can expect to see a treasure trove of materials.
"Grace Kelly kept nearly everything, she was a complete pack rat in her Hollywood years," says Cowan. "All of her private correspondences, her home movies she shot with her family, showing her children grow up over the years into the great royals they are today, and iconic dresses from her movie star years."
The display of such a vast collection may also offer a glimpse into the private life of a superstar who, in many ways, remained a mystery, Cowan says.
"When you think of the unattainable icon you want to be when you grow up someday, you think Grace Kelly - timeless, elegant, that hasn't changed," he says.
More highlights include an an exact replica of her Helen Rose-designed lace wedding gown, her signature Hermes 'Kelly bag," her Academy Award for The Country Girl and diamond tiara from her 1956 wedding, when she became Princess of Monaco.