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REFERENCE TITLE NAME BORN DIED   TITLE NAME BORN DIED COMMENTS
16 King George I of the Hellenes 1845 1913 Grand Duchess Olga of Russia 1851 1926 See 2.3 & 4.962 - George succeeded Otto (previously Prince Otto of Bavaria) as King , after the latter had been forced to flee Greece in 1862 after an insurrection. (Note: Otto was King of Greece whereas George was King of the Hellenes). George was previously Prince Wilhelm of Denmark, he was elected King of the Hellenes on 5 June 1863 and accepted the crown on 31 October 1863. George was assassinated at Salonika on 18 March 1913 by a mentally deranged Greek individual named Aleka Schinas who himself committed suicide on 6 May 1913 whilst awaiting trial by jumping through a window during questioning. George had reigned almost fifty years and had planned to abdicate after his Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
16.1 King Constantine "Tino" I of the Hellenes 1868 1923 Princess Sophie of Prussia 1870 1932 See 11.217 - Constantine left Greece on 11 June 1917 after an ultimatum issued by France and nominated his second son Alexander as his successor. His first son Georg was considered pro-German and was not acceptable to the French. Constantine returned to the throne on 17 December 1920 following the death of Alexander (Note: a plebiscite held for Constantine's return voted just under 1 million for his return with just over 10,000 against). Constantine was forced again to abdicate in 22 September 1922 in favour of his first son Georg. Constantine was thought to have had an affair with Paola Maria Lottero (later von Ostheim) morganatic wife of Prince Hermann Carl of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach who renounced his rights on 2 August 1909 (prior to his marriage) and was created Count von Ostheim. Paolo (von Ostheim) was sometimes described as Paolo, Princess of Saxe-Weimar and in 1925 she published "A King's Private Letters".
A report on the death of Ex-King Constantine.
A report on the death of Ex-Queen Sophie.
16.11 - QVD King Georg II of the Hellenes 1890 1947 Princess Elisabeth of Roumania 1894 1956 See 6.122 - Georg succeeded his father Constantine I of the Hellenes on 22 September 1922 when the latter was forced to abdicate, Georg lost his throne on 25 March 1924 when Greece was proclaimed a Republic. He however returned following elections on 3 November 1935.
The Germans invaded Greece in April 1941 and the Royal Family were forced yet again to flee Greece first to Crete and then Egypt.
A plebiscite held on 1 September 1946 decided by 68 per cent in favour of the restoration of the monarchy, Georg and his family returned to Greece 27/28 September 1946.
The voting in the plebiscite was:
For the King ............................... .... 509,577
For a Republic ................................... 85,623
Blank ballot papers (counted against the King) .. 154,896
Total ............................................750,096
16.12 - QVD King Alexander I of the Hellenes 1893 1920   Aspasia Manos 1896 1972 Alexander succeeded his father Constantine I of the Hellenes on 11 June 1917 when the latter was forced to leave Greece after an ultimatum issued by France.
Constantine returned to the throne on 17 December 1920 following the death of Alexander (Note: a plebiscite held for Constantine's return voted just under 1 million for his return with just over 10,000 against).
The marriage of Alexander and Aspasia on 4 November 1919 was kept somewhat secret from the newspapers and became generally known in May 1920. Aspasia was forced to leave Greece and took up residence in Paris and it was during Alexander's visit to see Aspasia that the marriage was widely reported.
Shortly after Alexander's visit to Aspasia she was involved in a serious car accident in which one of the passengers subsequently died from his injures. Other reports on the accident mentions that Alexander was travelling in the same car as Aspasia.
Alexander died from blood poisoning after being bitten by a pet monkey (belonging to the keeper of a vineyard) whilst attempting to separate a fight between the monkey and his dog.
Aspasia was created a Princess of Greece by Royal Decree on 10 September 1922. Aspasia is related to Iléana Manos (wife of Prince Charles-Louis Henri of Orleans (Duke of Chartres)). Aspasia's father (Petros Manos, born 1871) and Iléana's great grandfather (Konstantinos Manos, born 1869) were brothers.
16.121 - QVD Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark 1921 1993 King Peter II of Yugoslavia 1923 1970 See 7.541 - Alexandra was born posthumously. Peter succeeded his father (under the Regency of his uncle Prince Paul of Yugoslavia) when he was only 10 years old. He had to flee the Country in 1941 when it was invaded by Hitler. Yugoslavia was proclaimed a Republic on 29 November in 1945 and the monarchy abolished without Referendum.
The "engagement" of Peter and Alexandra.
Peter and Alexandra married on 20 March 1944 in the Yugoslav Legation with King George VI of Great Britain who was Peter's god father acting as his best man.
Peter died in Denver Hospital Colorado following a liver transplant, and he was buried at the St. Sava Monastery Church in Libertyville Illinois the only king to be buried in the United States. He was almost destitute having turned to alcohol. Some sources erroneously shows Peter died in California.
The remains of King Peter II was returned to Serbia on 22 January 2013 for eventual interment in the Royal Family Mausoleum in Oplenac.
Alexandra died in East Sussex England and was buried Tatoi Palace Royal Cemetery near Athens. The remains of Queen Alexandra was returned to Serbia on 09 May 2013 for eventual interment in the Royal Family Mausoleum in Oplenac.
On 26 May 2013 an official State Funeral ceremony for King Peter II along with his mother Queen Marie and wife Queen Alexandra was officiated in The Family Mausoleum in Oplenac.
Some extracts from "Prince Philip: A Family Portrait" authored by Princess Alexandra (i.e Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia
16.13 - QVD Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark 1896 1982 King Carol II of Roumania 1893 1953 See 6.121 - Carol renounced his rights to the Roumanian throne in 1925. His son Michael became king on the death of Ferdinand I, however Carol returned to Roumania in 1930 and usurped his son Michael as King of Roumania. Carol was deposed in 1940 and Michael become king for the second time.
16.14 - QVD King Paul I of the Hellenes 1901 1964 Princess Friederike of Hanover (Duchess of Brunswick-Luneburg) 1917 1981 See 25.1163 - A report on the wedding of Paul and Friederike.
Friederike died from anesthesia poisoning while undergoing eye surgery for cataracts.
A report on the death of King Paul.
An obituary on Friederike
16.141 - QVD Princess Sophie "Sofia" of Greece and Denmark 1938   King Juan Carlos I of Spain 1938   See 10.7362 - Juan Carlos ascended the Spanish throne on 22 November 1975 following the death of the Dictator, General Franco.
A newspaper article on the £7,000 trousseau for the wedding of Princess Sophie "Sofia" and her £100,000 dowry.
Crossing of the crowns at the Greek Orthodox wedding of Princess Sophie "Sofia" and Prince Juan Carlos.
Juan Carlos abdicated the Crown of Spain on 18 June 2014 in favour of his son Felipe
16.142 - QVD King Constantine II of the Hellenes 1940   Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark 1946   See 2.1113 - King Constantine was deposed on 1 June 1973 following the "Colonels Coup" on 13 December 1967
16.1421 - QVD Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark 1965     Carlos Morales y Quintana 1970    
16.14211 - QVD   Arrietta Morales y de Grecia 2002            
16.14212 - QVD   Anna-Maria Morales y de Grecia 2003            
16.14213 - QVD   Carlos Morales y de Grecia 2005            
16.14214 - QVD   Amelia Morales y de Grecia 2007            
16.1422 - QVD Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (Duke of Sparta) 1967     Marie-Chantal Miller 1968   Birth registration of Marie-Chantal Miller.
Marie-Chantal is a sister of Alexandra Miller wife of Prince Alexandre Egon zu Fürstenberg
16.14221 - QVD Princess Maria Olympia of Greece and Denmark 1996            
16.14222 - QVD Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark 1998            
16.14223 - QVD Prince Achileas Andreas of Greece and Denmark 2000            
16.14224 - QVD Prince Odysseas Kimon of Greece and Denmark 2004            
16.14225 - QVD Prince Aristidis Stavros of Greece and Denmark 2008            
16.1423 - QVD Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark 1969     Tatjana Blatnik 1980    
16.1424 - QVD Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark 1983           Birth Registration of Princess Theodora
16.1425 - QVD Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark 1986           Birth Registration of Prince Philippos
16.143 - QVD Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark 1942            
16.15 - QVD Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark 1904 1974 Prince Aimon of Savoy (Italy) (4 th Duke of Aosta) 1900 1948 See 8.1312 - Aimon was designated King of Croatia 18 May 1941 but never reigned and finally abandoned all claim to that throne in 1943.
A somewhat unusual report on the wedding of Aimon and Irene which focussed more on her cousin The Duchess of Kent who apparently stole the show at the wedding.
16.16 - QVD Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark 1913 2007   Richard Campbell Brandram 1911 1994 Princess Katherine was granted the rank of a duke's daughter in Great Britain on 9 September 1947 by King George VI and was known as Lady Katherine Brandram. An obituary on Princess Katherine can be found at Telegraph.co.uk.
Birth Registration of Richard Campbell Brandram
16.161 - QVD   Richard "Paul" Brandram 1948     Jennifer Steele 1951   Birth Registration of Richard "Paul" Brandram
Marriage Registration of Richard "Paul" Brandram and Jennifer Steele
16.161 - QVD   Richard "Paul" Brandram 1948     Katherine "Kate" Warhurst (nee Moreton) 1954   Birth Registration of Richard "Paul" Brandram
and Birth Registration of Katherine "Kate" Warhurst
16.1611 - QVD   Sophie Brandram 1981     Humphrey Voelcker 1980   Birth Registration of Sophie Brandram
Birth Registration of Humphrey Voelcker
16.1612 - QVD   Nicholas Brandram 1982     Katrina Davis 1978    
16.1613 - QVD   Alexia Brandram 1985     William Hicks 1983    
16.2 Prince George "Big George" of Greece and Denmark 1869 1957 Princess Marie Bonaparte 1882 1962 Princess Marie was a great granddaughter of Napoleon I's brother Lucien.
An interesting account of the civil marriage of Prince George and Princess Marie.
A more detailed report on the religious marriage of Prince George and Princess Marie.
An "Unprecedented demand" "from the Pope that any children born to Prince George and Princess Marie be brought up in the Roman Catholic faith.
16.21 Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark 1908 1980   Irene Ovtchinnikova 1904 1990 Prince Peter was an anthropologist and amongst his various expeditions and research was an interesting one on polyandry in Tibet.
It was reported in 1947 that Irene was deprived of the title Princess.
A brief report on the death of Prince Peter.
Death Registration of Prince Peter
16.22 Princess Eugenie of Greece and Denmark 1910 1989 Prince Dominik Radziwill 1911 1976 See 44.3422 - Engagement announcement of Dominic and Eugenie
An "after the event" report on the marriage of Dominic and Eugenie
Some three years after her divorce from Dominic's Eugenie filed a claim for possession of jewellery worth £30,000 which she alleged was taken from her bank in South Africa by her ex-husband.
16.22 Princess Eugenie of Greece and Denmark 1910 1989 Prince Raimundo della Torre e Tasso (2 nd Duca di Castel Duino) 1907 1986 Raimundo's father was Prince Alexander Karl of Thurn and Taxis (1881-1937) who was naturalized in Italy 1923 as Principe della Torre e Tasso (created 1 st Duca di Castel Duino). Raimundo and his brother Ludwig together with their issue bear the title Prince[ss] della Torre e Tasso. Raimundo's sister Margarete bears the title Princess von Thurn und Taxis.
A brief report on the "quiet" wedding of Eugenie and Raimundo
16.221 Prince Carlo della Torre e Tasso (3 rd Duca di Castel Duino) 1952     Veronique Lantz 1951    
16.2211 Prince Dimitri della Torre e Tasso 1977            
16.2212 Prince Maximilian della Torre e Tasso 1979            
16.2213 Princess Constanza della Torre e Tasso 1989            
16.3 Princess Alexandra "Aline" of Greece and Denmark 1870 1891 Grand Duke Paul of Russia 1860 1919 See 4.918 - Princess Alexandra suffered a convulsive fit in the seventh month of her pregnancy. Her son Dimitri was delivered and lived into adulthood, however Alexandra never regained consciousness and died after six days in a coma.
A report on the wedding of Alexandra and Paul .
The New York Times Report of the death of Alexandra.
The New York Times Report of the funeral of Alexandra.
There is no mention in either of The New York Times reports regarding the birth of Dimitri.
An Australian obituary does mention Alexandra's cause of death was attributed to a premature birth, caused by her being thrown out of a carriage.
16.4 Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark 1872 1938 Grand Duchess Helen of Russia 1882 1957 See 4.9145
The New York Time report on the marriage of Prince Nicholas and Grand Duchess Helen
16.41 Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark 1903 1997 Prince Paul of Yugoslavia 1893 1976 See 7.J1 - Prince Paul acted as Regent (9 October 1934 to 27 March 1941) for his cousin King Peter II who was only 10 years old when he succeeded his father King Alexander.
A thought provoking article in 1941 on Princess Olga being considered the "world's unhappiest princess".
16.42 Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark 1904 1955 Count Carl Theodor of Toerring-Jettenbach 1900 1967 See 18.K521
16.43 Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark 1906 1968 Prince George of Great Britain (Duke of Kent) 1902 1942 See 1.225 - The Duke of Kent was killed in an air crash when his Sunderland flying boat ran into a mountainside as it headed from Invergordon in Scotland for Iceland where the Duke was to inspect Allied forces. Fifteen passengers were killed in the air crash, with Flight Sergeant Andrew Jack the rear gunner and navigator being the sole survivor.
Birth Registration of Prince George (Duke of Kent)
16.5 Princess Marie "Greek Minny" of Greece and Denmark 1876 1940 Grand Duke George of Russia 1863 1919 See 4.984 - Marie was responsible for producing a unique series of drawings called KATOUFS (Note: KATOUFS an old Greek expression that means "making a face.")
16.5 Princess Marie "Greek Minny" of Greece and Denmark 1876 1940   Pericles Joannides 1881 1965  
16.6 Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark 1880 1880          
16.7 Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark 1882 1944 Princess Alice of Battenberg 1885 1969 See 5.1421 - In 1922 Prince Andrew along with some Greek Ministers and army commanders were arrested and charged with treason by the Greek revolutionary Government. Five of those arrested were executed and Andrew was released under secrecy and left Greece on board a British Naval Ship.
Birth Registration of Princess Alice
Death Registration of Princess Alice
16.71 - QVD Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark 1905 1981 Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (8 th Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg) 1897 1960 See 39.3311 - It was reported that Prince Gottfried was at one time secretly engaged to Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of the heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. A widely reported court case in 1934 concerning the custody of the ten year Gloria Vanderbilt led to Prince Gottfried appearing in court in defence of Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt.
16.72 - QVD Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark 1906 1969 Margrave Berthold of Baden 1906 1963 See 32.5522
16.73 - QVD Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark 1911 1937 Hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus "Don" of Hesse and by Rhine 1906 1937 See 5.12143 - Hereditary Grand Duke Georg his wife Princess Cecilia, two sons and mother Princess Eleoner were killed in an aeroplane accident near Ostende. Cecilia was eight months pregnant at the time of the crash and the baby's body was discovered amongst the wreckage. The party were on their way to Croydon Airport to attend the wedding of his brother Prince Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine to Margaret Geddes. A total of eight passengers and three crew members were killed in the crash.
The Evening Independent of 23 November 1937 (a Florida based newspaper) included a report from the newspaper Midi-Journal which had said a Belgian inquiry into last week's airplane disaster at Ostend indicated that the pilot attempted to land because the Archduchess of Hesse bei Rhein , one of the passengers, was giving birth to a baby. The body of the new-born infant was found in the wreckage.
16.74 - QVD Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark 1914 2001 Prince Christoph of Hesse-Cassel 1901 1943 See 45.41456 - Christoph was killed in an aeroplane accident in the Appenines whilst on active service. An obituary on Princess Sophie can be found at Telegraph.co.uk
16.74 - QVD Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark 1914 2001 Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover (Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg) 1915 2006 See 25.1162 - An obituary on Princess Sophie can be found at Telegraph.co.uk
A short article on Princess Sophie and her two sisters not being invited to the wedding of her brother Prince Philip to the future Queen Elizabeth II
16.75 - QVD Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (Duke of Edinburgh) 1921   Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain 1926   See 1.2221 - Prince Philip renounced his rights to the Greek throne and was naturalised in Great Britain taking the name of Mountbatten on 28 February 1947
Birth Registration of Queen Elizabeth II
16.8 Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark 1888 1940   Anastatia May "Nancy" Stewart 1878 1923 Nancy is the mother of William Leeds (by her second husband William Bateman Leeds), husband of Princess Xenia of Russia (who's also a niece of Prince Christopher). There are inconsistencies in various sources regarding the year of birth of Nancy. Alain Giraud one of the authors of L'ALLEMAGNE DYNASTIQUE posted a response to royaute2 on 31 Aug 2004 that meticulous research had established her year of birth as 1878. In Prince Christopher's book "Memoirs of H.R.H Prince Christopher of Greece" page 152 he mentions his wife Nancy was "exactly fours years then I", which would suggest her year of birth was 1884.
Her entry in the death index for England and Wales shows her age as 40 at the time of her death
Nancy was firstly married on 1 October 1894 to George Worthington (died 22 August 1950), they divorced 23 March 1899. Some sources report their divorce was in 1898.
Nancy was secondly married on 3 August 1900 to William Bateman Leeds (19 September 1861 - 23 June 1908).
Nancy married thirdly on 1 January 1920 to Christopher of Greece
A short obituary on Prince Christopher
A death announcement on Princess Christopher .
Death registration of Anastatia May "Nancy" Stewart or Anastatia May "Nancy" Stewart.
16.8 Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark 1888 1940 Princess Françoise of Orleans (France) 1902 1953 See 13.1252
16.81 Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark 1939     Marina Karella 1940   Prince Michael in 1965 renounced his rights to the Greek Throne for himself and his descendants.
Marina Karella is a well known (perhaps not to me) painter and sculptor.
16.811 Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark 1968     Nicolas Mirzayantz 1963    
16.8111   Tigran Mirzayantz 2000            
16.8112   Darius Mirzayantz 2002            
16.812 Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark 1971   Prince Aimone of Savoy (Duke of Apulia) 1967   See 8.131212

Note - QVD against a reference number indicates the first named individual is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

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