On This Day: Greek King Marries Danish Princess
On September 18, 1964, dozens of Europe’s royals descended upon Athens for the marriage of Greece’s King, Constantine II, to Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, youngest daughter of the Danish King.
The couple had first met in 1959, when the bride was only 13. Crown Prince Constantine had accompanied his parents, King Paul and Queen Frederica, on their state visit to Denmark. They met several times over the next few years, before their engagement was announced in January 1963. King Frederik XI, Anne-Marie’s father, only gave his consent to the marriage on the proviso that they were not to marry until after his daughter turned 18 (the King also reportedly locked Constantine in a bathroom in one of the Danish palaces when he expressed his interest in Anne-Marie).
King Constantine and Princess Anne-Marie were married at the Metropolis, the Orthodox cathedral in Athens.
The bride, wearing a timeless high-necked gown by Danish designer Jørgen Bender, made her way to the cathedral in an open carriage with her father. She also wore the diamond Khedive of Egypt tiara, which she later inherited from her mother, Queen Ingrid, and a large cross pendant. Her bridesmaids were Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, Princess Christina of Sweden, Princess Irene of Greece, Princess Clarissa of Hesse, Princess Margarita of Romania and Princess Tatiana Radziwill.
During the Greek Orthodox ceremony, various royals held significant parts in the ceremony – Queen Frederica performed the traditional crossing of the marriage crowns over the bridal couple’s heads, while a series of princes served as crown holders (Crown Prince Harald of Norway, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden, the Prince of Wales, Prince Michael of Kent and Prince Michael of Greece amongst them).
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds processed through the streets of Athens to the Royal Palace, where a wedding breakfast was held for the closest guests.
The couple were forced into exile in 1967, and were only in recent years allowed to return to Greece. They have five children: Princess Alexia, Crown Prince Pavlos, Prince Nikolaus, Princess Theodora and Prince Philippos.Filed under Denmark, Greece
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