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Robert Redford's failed attempt to meet Grace Kelly

Robert Redford has recalled his attempts to meet Grace Kelly.

The 79-year-old actor's contribution to the world of entertainment was honoured this weekend when he was presented with the 2015 Prince Rainier III Award at the Princess Grace Gala Awards.

While at the glamorous event Robert mingled with the late film star and royal's son, Prince Albert II, and his wife Princess Charlene of Monaco, recalling the time he tried to meet Grace in 1956.

"I never met her. I tried once, but I failed. I'm hitchhiking from Paris to Florence, Italy... I have no money. I got to Cannes, and then I decided I was going to Monaco and I was going to meet Princess Grace," he said, according to People.

"I walk up to the front door [of Monaco Palace in Monte Carlo], I look back, and the guards at the front door said, ‘Get out of here.' I turn around and come back. That was my attempt to meet [Princess Grace]."

Robert added that he thinks Grace was a wonderful actress, pointing out that she had both brains and beauty.

Prince Albert introduced the star to stage for his accolade with a witty and amusing speech.

"He’s a Hollywood legend. Like many legends, he started with some dubious achievements, robbing banks, stealing cars, getting drunk and dancing barefoot in the park," he grinned to the crowd.

Robert's wife Sibylle Szaggars, who he married in 2009, joined him on stage. The environmental artist appeared to be in awe as she stood in front of the guests.

"It’s truly an honour, and I want to pinch myself," she revealed, to which her husband responded: "Can I do it?"

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