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Old 09-08-2009, 10:04 AM
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Well. hello everybody!
This interview is already almost a year old.
Its purpose, I believe, was to show the Greek public there is a not-so-well-known member of the Royal Family who leads a not-so-royal life. Princess Irene is not what we could call a "typical" Royal.
Of course she is a King's daughter and a King's as well as a Queen's sister, but she's taken a different path in life, although she remains very close to her siblings and their families.
She answered some questions about the family life in Tatoi when they were young children and then she explained that she never felt the urge to marry and have a family of her own and how she studied Philosophy in India and what made her decide to create "World in Harmony", a foundation to aid poor countries.
She also talked about music, she is a really talented pianist, almost a professional and she works as a consultant for the "Megaron Mousikis", the Greek Concert House.
She also visited Rom camping near Athens bringing food and aid to the children and listening to their problems. A great Lady, a sweet person, she
gave me the impression of a really warm personality.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:08 PM
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Thanks, mariazil! And welcome to the forums.

I've always thought Irene sounded like a very interesting lady, and she must have had a fascinating life. So she never felt any desire to marry? That's unusual for the royal women of her generation, when princesses were pushed to make the most advantageous match possible - I've read her mother wanted her to marry Crown Prince Harald of Norway. I would imagine that caused a few arguments at home.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:09 AM
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Well. hello everybody!

Its purpose, I believe, was to show the Greek public there is a not-so-well-known member of the Royal Family who leads a not-so-royal life. Princess Irene is not what we could call a "typical" Royal.
In fact, Eva Celada who wrote the book, "Irene of Greece, the Rebel Princess", says that the family (Spanish RF) lovely call her "Aunt Pecu", due all they think Irene is Peculiar, in a lovely way of course.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:38 AM
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I do not like this book, it was more focused on others persons than in Princess Irene ...About the Greek television program that was broadcast at 00:30 pm, and closed ... The TV channel is focused on the humanitarian organizations .....
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:50 AM
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Well, it's a bit of progress, considering the attitude of the media towards Constantine and the Royal Family in general. I don't think the word "rebel" is proper for Irene. I'm sure it was unusual for a Royal Princess of her generation not to want to marry and prefer to study and travel, so, yes, perhaps she seemed peculiar. Nowadays, it doesn't seem that strange!
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:23 PM
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Princess Beatriz de Orleans said to El Magazine (a spanish magazine of El Mundo newspaper) that Princess Irene de Grecia had an affair with Prince Michel de Orleans. Check the interview:

ELMUNDO.ES | SUPLEMENTOS | MAGAZINE 523 | "Compartir la vida a esta edad que tengo, me parece patético"
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:10 PM
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she says that when she met her future husband Michel of Orleans, this was the boyfriend of Princess Irene of Greece ..in conclusion, she removed the boyfriend to Irene.

Beatrix has forgotten her own lessons, she always says a woman must be discreet ... I see that it is easy of say and hard to put it into practice.

I say this because Beatrice participates into magazines and on juries, having list of women more elegants and less .. and judging the behavior of these women,She is always giving lessons in good manners and judging by this women..I think a elegant woman must be discrete (she said it too..)
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:00 PM
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Tonight, Tuesday, October 13, Princess Irene, dined with an elegant middle-aged couple, at Filippou, a cosy and simple restaurant with superb food, in fashionable Kolonaki district, in Athens. Filippou is rather inexpensive, located on Xenokratous street, frequented by the intellectual elite and the sophisticated locals as an everyday eatery. The princess was simply dressed in a dark gray two-piece and a pink scarf. She stayed there from around 8:30 pm until past 11:30 pm., was very talkative and seemed to enjoy very much the evening.
The staff were fully aware of who she was but most patrons were oblivious of her presence. She was treated with courtesy and great affection.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:55 AM
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Princess Irene attended a performance of Theater in Athens http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3659/irenez.jpg</p>
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:50 PM
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Well. hello everybody!
This interview is already almost a year old.
Its purpose, I believe, was to show the Greek public there is a not-so-well-known member of the Royal Family who leads a not-so-royal life. Princess Irene is not what we could call a "typical" Royal.
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Princess Irene is extremely well known to the Greek public, or as well as as the former King, Queen Ann-Marie and Queen Sofia.
First of all because she served for almost a-year-and-a-half in a constitutional capacity (from her father's death in March 1964 - 'til summer 1965 when Princess Alexia was born) as Diadoch, that is, Heir to the Throne.
Second, because, as a pianist, she has performed repeatedly in her youth, a quatre mains, for the Greek public with her teacher Gina Bahauer.
Third, because she is well respected and admired as an activist who has helped the poor in third-world countries.
It was this fact that prompted the interview by Mr. Theodorakis.

Otherwise, apart from gossip tabloids, the Greek media rarely if ever occupy themesleves with the lives of members of the former royal family. They come and go and no one is aware, except for Queen Sofia who receives full publicity due to her position as the consort of a sovereign and her presence in formal events.
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:07 PM
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Interesting - are you saying that Irene is more popular and better known in Greece than Constantine and Anne-Marie? Was it always this way - was she as respected/liked as a young woman when the family was still on the throne?
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It is better that way, remaining in its original form as long as it is restored in the proper manner in the near future. It is difficult when it is restored by people "who do not know" and then getting the place back to its former state.

In the first video she says the greeks have a bigger connection to India than to Europe . She took a lot of cows from Spain and Holland to Bangalore because people were starving. I presume for the milk since Indians do not slaughter cows (I think).

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I recognize the big urns around the swimming pool from an engagement party for JC and Sofia.
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The place looks so unkempt now, it must be sad for them to see it like that
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:02 AM
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The Greek television channel that issued the interview of Princess Irene, is a closed channel or payment, and is funded by the Church....
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:59 PM
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Interesting - are you saying that Irene is more popular and better known in Greece than Constantine and Anne-Marie? Was it always this way - was she as respected/liked as a young woman when the family was still on the throne?
Constantine, Anne-Marie, Sofia and Irene are all very well, more or less equally, known in Greece.
Popularity-wise, an educated guess is that, despite receiving the least publicity, Irene is by far the most liked among them, due to her activism (good deeds) and spirituality; Sofia is a close second, also well liked because of candor, low-key profile and her impeccable record as queen.
Anne-Marie was much liked as queen-consort due to good looks and disarming smile - certainly, she has no enemies in Greece. In contrast, 35 years after the referendum, King Constantine is still quite unpopular and continues to attract negative comments.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:05 PM
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All the polemics have been directed at the King and Queen Frederika. It is true that the rest of the family has been spared since none of them was involved in the country's political affaires.
Queen Sofia creates quite a stir every time she visits Greece and these who still remember her from her adolescent years have nothing but compliments for her.
I agree on your assessments on all the other members of the family.
At least those who are known to the majority of the Greeks.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:55 PM
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The Greek television channel that issued the interview of Princess Irene, is a closed channel or payment, and is funded by the Church....
If I am not mistaken, it was MEGA channel, the one belonging to Lambrakis Publishing Company. Mr. Lambrakis, the publisher of highly influential newspapers, is also the creator of the Megaron Mousikis, a modern Hall for conserts and other major events. He is very involved with classical music and, I understand, Princess Irene serves as consultant or advisor for the Megaron Mousikis repertoire.
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Princess Irene attended the presentation of the Kitin Munoz's
book "Moussem Tan Tan'' together with Princess Kalina of
Bulgaria on November 17, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.


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Old 11-18-2009, 09:42 AM
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I believe Princess Irene is one of the Godparent's to Princess Kalina's son.
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thank you by pictures!!! I don´t like of changes of look of Princess Kalina.
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Princess Iene look like typical Greek.
About Kalina... that's all Kalina. Artist, wilde princess.
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