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On This Day: Death of Otto – A Greek King, A Bavarian Prince

  July 26, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Today is the 150th anniversary of the death of Otto, the Bavarian Prince who reigned as King of the Hellenes from 1832 to 1862. Prince Otto Friedrich Ludwig of Bavaria was born on June 1, 1815 at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg; his parents were the future King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1832, after Greece gained independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and … Continue reading

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Pavlos and Olympia’s Milestone Birthdays Celebrated With ‘Revolution’ Bash

  July 2, 2017 at 7:19 am by

Last night, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his eldest child, Princess Maria Olympia, were joined by scores of friends and family for a joint milestone birthday celebration at a sprawling manor in Gloucestershire. Prince Pavlos turned fifty in May, while Olympia will celebrate her twenty-first birthday on July 25. Among the guests attending the ‘revolution’ themed bash were Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Yugoslav Royal Twins Baptised in France

  June 30, 2017 at 4:00 am by

June 30, 1958: Family members pose with newborn Princes Dimitri and Michael of Yugoslavia following their christening. The two infants were born on June 18 to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy. In the photograph below can be seen: Front Row (L-R): Prince Jacques and Prince Michel of Orléans, godfathers. Second Row (L-R): Queen Marie José of Italy (maternal grandmother), godmothers Princess Maria Gabriella of … Continue reading

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Princess Maria Olympia Walks Dolce & Gabbana In Milan

  June 17, 2017 at 10:22 pm by

On the runway of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion show for Milan Men’s Fashion Week on Saturday was Princess Maria Olympia of Greece. The 20-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his wife Marie-Chantal wore a white negligee-style minidress and an khaki bomber jacket for her walk down the runway. Maria Olympia joined Lady Amelia Windsor and a host of other ‘It Girls’ recently in Palermo for a photo shoot … Continue reading

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Princess Tatiana Joins Marina Karella At Exhibition Opening

  June 16, 2017 at 12:49 am by

On Thursday evening, Princess Nikolaos of Greece attended the opening night of the “for those of us who know, we know…” exhibition at the Zoumboulakis Galleries in Athens. The exhibition features paintings by Marina Karella, the wife of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, and works by Jack Pierson, an American artist. Tatiana posed for a photo with Marina, which she posted on her Instagram. With the very talented & inspiring … Continue reading

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On This Day: Abdication of Greece’s Constantine I

  June 11, 2017 at 5:00 am by

One hundred years ago today, the first reign of King Constantine I of the Hellenes came to an end as he was forced into exile by the British and French Allied forces. Constantine, who had ascended the throne in March 1913, was determined to keep Greece neutral during the First World War – a stance that was not agreeable to either the Allied or the Central Powers; nor the Greek Prime … Continue reading

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Royals Express Sorrow Over Manchester Attack

  May 23, 2017 at 7:36 am by

Europe’s heads of state have this morning expressed their sorrow and solidarity following the terrorist attack in Manchester last night, which killed 22 people when a bomb went off as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Over 50 people were injured in the attack. Other royals also shared their messages of support on social media. Queen Elizabeth II this morning issued a message to the Lord-Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Fiftieth Birthday of Crown Prince Pavlos

  May 20, 2017 at 6:00 am by

Today is the fiftieth birthday of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, the eldest son of the former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes. He was born in Athens in May 1967 as the heir presumptive to his father. Later that year, Pavlos and his family were forced to flee Greece following a failed counter-coup launched by King Constantine to overthrow the Junta regime. The family first settled in … Continue reading

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Princess Irene of Greece Turns 75

  May 11, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Today is the 75th birthday of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, the younger daughter of the late Paul I of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. Irene was born in Cape Town, South Africa during the Royal Family’s exile during the Second World War. She was named after her paternal aunt, the Duchess of Aosta; the name meaning ‘peace’ in Greek. Along with her parents and siblings (Constantine and Sofia), Princess … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Old Royal Palace (Athens)

  May 7, 2017 at 4:00 am by

The Old Royal Palace in 2014 Location: Athens, the Hellenic Republic Built: 1836-1843 Architect: Friedrich von Gärtner Commissioned By: Ludwig I of Bavaria Style: Neoclassical On The Palace Grounds: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Current Owner: The Greek State Current Use: Seat of the Hellenic Parliament Fun Fact: The Palace has been damaged by fire twice, in 1884 and 1909. Repair work after the latter fire did not get completed for over a decade due to the wars Greece was … Continue reading

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On This Day: A Future Greek Queen Is Born

  April 18, 2017 at 5:00 am by

One century ago, a baby Princess was born in the German town of Blankenburg am Harz to the Duke and Duchess of Brunswick. She was named Frederica, and forty years later, would become the Queen Consort of the Hellenes. Princess Frederica, whose full name was Friederike Luise Thyra Victoria Margarita Sophia Olga Cecilia Isabella Christa, was the only daughter of Ernst August, Duke of Brunswick and Head of the House of Hanover, and his … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Death of Greece’s War-Time King

  April 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

April 1, 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the death of King George II of the Hellenes at the age of 56. Having only been back in his country for a little over six months following his war-time exile, George was found unconscious in his drawing room at the Royal Palace in Athens by his youngest sister, Princess Katherine, on the afternoon of April 1. The cause of death was arteriosclerosis. When … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Greek-Orléans Wedding In Italy

  February 10, 2017 at 3:00 am by

February 10, 1929: In Palermo, Italy, Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark and Princess Françoise of Orléans were married in a civil wedding ceremony. Their religious ceremony, which took much negotiating due to the couple’s differing religions, took place the following day. It was the second marriage for Prince Christopher, who had married the wealthy American Nancy Leeds in 1920 (she passed away in 1923). Christopher and Françoise had one child, … Continue reading

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Dutch, Greek and a Bea, Oh My: Society Wedding Hosts Royal Guests

  February 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm by

A Greek shipping heir married his long-time fashion designer love in London today, and the wedding ceremony at the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia saw several royals in attendance. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands (wearing the same coral Elie Saab dress Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria wore to her nephew’s christening last year) made the trip with their three daughters. The younger two, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane, were … Continue reading

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Memorial Service Held In Chester For The 6th Duke of Westminster

  November 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm by

A memorial service for the late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster was held today at the Chester Cathedral, with a large contingent of British royals in attendance to remember the late Duke. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Prince Michael of … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Exiled King Remembers Attack That Took His Country To War

  October 28, 2016 at 7:00 am by

October 28, 1942: King George II of the Hellenes, in exile in London due to the Second World War, lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on the second anniversary of the Italian attack on his country that began the Balkans Campaign and brought Greece into the war.

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The Three Danish Sisters Present Queen Ingrid’s Honorary Grant

  October 26, 2016 at 8:26 pm by

This evening at the Tivoli Concert Hall, the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark’s three daughters presented her Honorary Grant that is awarded biennially to a dancer and a musician. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece presented Andreas Kaas, a dancer in the Danish Royal Ballet, and Signe Eeg, a jazz singer, with the 2016 edition of the grant during the performance of Alvin … Continue reading

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Princess Maria-Olympia Attends The KENZO x H&M Fashion Show

  October 19, 2016 at 11:30 pm by

Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark attend the KENZO x H&M fashion show at Pier 36 in New York City today. The 20 year old Princess wore black skinny pants, a black t-shirt with a large print on the front which comes from the new KENZO x H&M collection. She matched her look with studded Valentino pumps and a clutch. Embed from Getty Images

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On This Day: Death Of A Greek-Born Russian Grand Duchess

  September 24, 2016 at 8:00 am by

125 years ago, the 21-year-old Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia passed away at the Ilyinskoe Estate, six days after giving birth to her second child, son Dmitri. The Grand Duchess – who was born a Princess of Greece and Denmark as the eldest daughter of George I of the Hellenes and his wife Olga Constantinovna of Russia – had fallen while climbing into a boat docked on the Moskva River, … Continue reading

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Thessaloniki Receives New Statue of Queen Olga To Mark Greek-Russian Friendship

  September 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm by

A new statue of Greece’s former Queen Olga was unveiled today in the city of Thessaloniki, on the Vassilissis Olgas II Avenue. It is a gift to mark the friendship between Greece and Russia, the former Queen’s birth country, from the Pan-Russian Military-Historic Union. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and the Mayor of Thessaloniki were present for the unveiling. Queen Olga was born a Grand Duchess of Russia in 1851 as … Continue reading

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