Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark

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Princess Alexia
Royal Wedding Stockholm 2010-Konserthuset-401.jpg
Princess Alexia at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 19 June 2010
Born (1965-07-10) 10 July 1965 (age 51)
Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
Spouse Carlos Morales Quintana (m. 1999)
Issue Arrietta Morales y de Grecia
Ana María Morales y de Grecia
Carlos Morales y de Grecia
Amelia Morales y de Grecia
House Glücksburg
Father Constantine II of Greece
Mother Anne-Marie of Denmark
Religion Greek Orthodox

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Αλεξία; born 10 July 1965) is the eldest child of Constantine II and Anne-Marie of Denmark, who were the last King and Queen of the Hellenes, reigning from 1964 to 1973.

Early life[edit]

Since her own birth and until the birth on 20 May 1967 of her brother Pavlos, Alexia was heir presumptive to the throne of the Hellenes, then an extant monarchy.[1] Greece's order of succession to the throne was male-preference primogeniture rather than Salic, similar to the succession laws of the United Kingdom and Spain.

Educated, like her brothers, at the Hellenic College in London, she earned an AB at the University of London at Sussex, where she studied history.[2][3] Subsequently she completed a course in elementary education, working in London's East End where she taught in a state primary school before moving to Barcelona where she became a teacher of children with developmental disabilities.[3]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Dual Cypher of Alexia and Carlos

On 9 July 1999 Alexia married Carlos Morales Quintana, an architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral, London.[4] The bride wore a gown by the Austrian designer Inge Sprawson.[5] Her attendants were her sister Princess Theodora, her niece Princess Maria-Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Kyril, Prince of Preslav, a son of former King Simeon of Bulgaria.

The couple has four children:

  • Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (born 24 February 2002 in Barcelona) her godparents are Princess Theodora of Greece (maternal aunt); Maria Teresa Morales (paternal aunt); Infanta Cristina of Spain (her mother's paternal first cousin) and Manuel Cabrera (her father's friend)
  • Ana María Morales y de Grecia (born 15 May 2003 in Barcelona) her godparents are Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (maternal uncle) and Alejandro Morales (paternal uncle)
  • Carlos Morales y de Grecia (born 30 July 2005 in Barcelona) his godparents are Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (maternal uncle); Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece (maternal uncle's wife) and Infanta Elena of Spain (her mother's first cousin)
  • Amelia Morales y de Grecia (born 26 October 2007 in Spain) her godparents are Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (paternal uncle) and Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (her mother's cousin)

Alexia is godmother to her only niece, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark; Pablo Nicolas Urdangarin y de Borbon, Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth and Princess Isabella of Denmark, all children of her cousins; and Emma Tallulah Behn.

Alexia and her family live now in her husband's native land, at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, in a house designed by her husband.[6][2]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 July 1965 - 20 May 1967: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark
  • 20 May 1967 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark[2]

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Greek Royal Family by country

Ancestry[1][2][edit]

She is also the niece of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain.[1]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke’s Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, pp. 67, 316, 327-328. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  2. ^ a b c d de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 522-525, 536-539 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  3. ^ a b Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 31-33, 132, 173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  4. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. 
  5. ^ "Princess Alexia's gown". Order of Splendor blog. 
  6. ^ Exilio de las Infantas en Lanzarote provocado por Zapatero
  7. ^ Princess Alexia
  8. ^ Greek Royal Family

References[edit]

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 10 July 1965
Greek royalty
Preceded by
Princess Irene
Heir to the Greek throne
1965–1967
Succeeded by
Pavlos
as Crown Prince