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Old 07-27-2007, 06:23 AM
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Alexander, George II and Paul died as reigning monarchs due to, septicemia secondary to monkey bite (1922), heart failure (1947), and stomach cancer (1964), respectively.
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What was widely publicized in the 60's was that queen Frederika and king Olav wanted princess Irene to marry prince Harald.
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Of Norway? I thought Princess Sophie, (Sofia), wanted to marry him. Or was that just a passing interest?
First they wanted Sofia of Greece (now Queen Sofia of Spain) to marry Crown Prince Harald of Norway(around 1959/60).
Harald didn't want to marry just to content the Norwegian and Greek people.
Back then he already dated Sonja Haraldsen, who is now Queen Sonja.

Later they hoped for a wedding of CP Harald and Princess Irene of Greece.
Irene even learned Norwegian for this case.
Well, but Harald still dated Sonja.
So , also this marriage-wish didn't come true.

I also once heard that this was the reason why Irene never married. Who knows, who knows..
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:30 PM
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Later they hoped for a wedding of CP Harald and Princess Irene of Greece.
I remember having read somewhere (can't quote unfortunately) that it was King Paul's (her father's) wish for Irene to marry Harald
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:30 PM
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.......Later they hoped for a wedding of CP Harald and Princess Irene of Greece.
Irene even learned Norwegian for this case.....................
So , also this marriage-wish didn't come true. I also once heard that this was the reason why Irene never married. Who knows, who knows..
As discussed earlier, a hope/wish for a wedding between Harald and Yriny was widely rumored and recorded on paper print, in the 60s, in Greece.

I would seriously doubt though that this was the reason she never married. There is no documentation, whatsoever, that Yriny was in love with Harald. If anything, this would have been an arranged marriage.

One easy and reasonable answer is that even in the tumultuous 60's it was still unusual for European royals to marry outside their world (except for the British who had already established the precedent of marrying into British noble, but non-royal, families from the early 20th century) and, in addition, Queen Frederika knew very well that marrying into a defunct royal or princely family would provide neither the exuberant lifestyle nor the prestige she had in mind for her children.

A good possibility would have been for Yriny to marry a Greek gentleman of standing but this would have raised eyebrows and caused resentment in Greece.

One rumour that circulated widely and intensely back then among upper class circles in Athens, was that there was a romance between Yriny and a member of the Nomikos Shipping Family and that Queen Frederika was very much against the idea.

In any event, it is quite interesting that 40 years later, a different member of that family, Mr. Markos Nomikos, married princess Victoria de Borbon y Dos Sicilias, daughter of prince Carlos de Borbon y Dos Sicilias, Infante of Spain. The couple and their children live very quietly in Greece. Indeed, no one in Greece has any clue that Mr. Nomikos is married to a princess who is very close to the Spanish royal family.
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I would seriously doubt though that this was the reason she never married. There is no documentation, whatsoever, that Yriny was in love with Harald. If anything, this would have been an arranged marriage.
I don't think so anyway.
I just guess this "She never married because of Harald"-story was a good and very Hollywoody excuse for the press...
the media always needs some heartbreaking stories.
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the day 8 april to the 24:00 in the greek tv, the journalist interviews to the princess Irene. It is the first interviews of the princess to a greek tv.
she will speak about the peace.........
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:02 PM
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I like very much princess Irene. She has been living in Spain since her mother died in 1981, she lives with king Juan Carlos and a queen Sofia, her sister. But she has a very discret life and you can see her in magazines just when she is on holidays with her family in Mallorca. She runs a charity fundation and its a woman who likes culture. I think she is a very interesting princess. Several months ago it was publised in Spain a book about her life, the writter had to "follow" her for longtime because she thought she was not so interesting and its was not necessary to write a book about her life. Finally the writer could get her desire and she wrote a lovely book about princess Irene. I said before, she is very discret.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:20 PM
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I have found this news on Princess Irene of Greece.
it is a summary of an interview to the television of Greece
the interview has two parts
the first part, she is in palace of tatoi, she remembers when she was small girl. she speak about her parents.
she learned to love to classic music of his father.
She was the first in the line of succession from 1964 to 1965 (born Princess Alexia)
She speak about career in classic music in Greece and then in exile.
in the second part, she speak about his humanitarian work with the children of Albania
She is the princess of the peace
Greece is their home.
Loipon - : -

I am looking for the video of the interview but I can not find it
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:21 PM
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..............Greece is their home..................
I do not follow your bizarre comment. Greece can be home to every EU citizen if she/he so chooses, if she/he so pleases. Further, as you very well know, citizens of European States co-signatories of the Schengen Accord may walk in and out of Greece without even producing a passport!
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:50 PM
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I Have Commited An Error.
She Didnt Say:
"greece Is Their House"
She Say, That She Feels Citizen Greek.
I Do Not Know As Is Passport Of Irene I Think That She Could Have A Passport Spanish Because She Live In Spain.if His Passport Is Spanish She Is Citizen European
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:56 PM
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I have been unable to locate this video.
The interview was given to well respected journalist Stavros Theodorakis and the MEGA Channel that represents the interests of the highly influential Lamprakis Publishing Co.
Princess Irene totally captivated and mesmerized the audience. I read many extremely positive comments in Greek Blogs, especially by young people.
She spoke candidly and de profundis on a wide spectrum of issues, from how she managed to save the lives of many cows by chartering an airplane to transport them from Europe back to India to the late King Farouk's advances to her mother Queen Frederika, and her concern about famine and the disadvantaged. During the video, she visited an impoverished gypsy family in the suburbs of Athens as well as Tatoi.
She spoke in support of her family but not in support of the monarchy as an institution.
Evidently, the interview was a triumph and the audience was totally disarmed by this self-calling "crazy" woman.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:04 PM
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Crazy????
I Like Very Princess Irene. She Is Not Crazy Woman .she Is A Woman Realist .she Is As The Missionaries Religious That Is In Missions In Countries Poors.
She Think As Them.
They Think Of A Very Spiritual Way.
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Today is Princess Irene name day. May She live a long, healthy life.
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:16 AM
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Evidently, the interview was a triumph and the audience was totally disarmed by this self-calling "crazy" woman.
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Crazy????
I Like Very Princess Irene. She Is Not Crazy Woman .she Is A Woman Realist .she Is As The Missionaries Religious That Is In Missions In Countries Poors.
She Think As Them.
They Think Of A Very Spiritual Way.
Please read carefully. Philippe Egalite's post clearly states that it was Princess Irene herself who has said she was crazy, perhaps in a self-effacing way. No one else called her crazy.
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:41 PM
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HRH Princess Yrini underwent surgery at the Ruber International Clinic,Madrid,after her return from Greece last week due to a fall in Greece three days before and breaking two toes on one foot.

HM Queen Sofia remained with her sister at the clinic during the operation.
HRH is recovering well after the operation,two pins were placed in her foot.
Speedy recovery!

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:49 PM
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How sweet of Sofia, the 2 sure have a very close bond don't they! I really hope she recoveres quickly
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:32 PM
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Thanks for opening my eyes to Princess Irene.
I remember seeing photos of her when she was a young woman.
I am sure that she is probably devoted to her huge family.
Kudos to the family for including her in their vacations, activities ...
although she does not attend state dinners (I don't think), but then that is not her style.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:28 AM
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Princess Irene of Greece attends the opening of "Bazar de la India", in Madrid, 14 Nov 2008.
Inauguracion del bazar de la India en Hotel Occidental de Madrid - Agencia Prisma
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She doesn't call herself crazy but excentric, and their nephews calls her tia Pecu (Aunt Pecu) for Peculiar.
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That's funny!I guess you wanted to say 'thia' ('th' sounds like in the word 'theatre'),it means 'aunt' in Greek.
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