Marie-Chantal
Crown Princess of Greece
Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece.jpg
Marie-Chantal in 2013
BornMarie-Chantal Claire Miller
(1968-09-17) 17 September 1968 (age 53)
London, England
Spouse
(m. 1995)
Issue
FatherRobert Warren Miller
MotherMaría Clara Pesantes Becerra
ReligionGreek Orthodox
prev. Roman Catholic

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece (born Marie-Chantal Claire Miller, 17 September 1968) is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, son of Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Marie-Chantal's husband was the heir apparent to the now defunct throne of Greece, as the monarchy was abolished in 1973. She is a Danish princess by marriage, as her husband is a male-line descendant of Christian IX of Denmark.

Early life

Marie-Chantal Miller was born in London, England, to Robert Warren Miller, an American-born British businessman, and wife María Clara "Chantal" Pesantes Becerra, an Ecuadorian.[1][2] She has an older sister, Pia, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg.[3] She was baptized in the Catholic faith at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal John O'Connor, with Princess Donatella Missikoff Flick serving as her godmother.[4]

Marie-Chantal was raised in Hong Kong where she attended The Peak School until she was 9 years old when she went to board at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. In 1982 she transferred to the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris until her senior year which she took at The Masters School in New York.[citation needed] After graduating she attended the Academy of Arts for one year. She began a degree in History of Art at New York University in 1993 but dropped out a year later after Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, proposed to her on a skiing holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland, at Christmas.

Marriage

Main article: Wedding of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, and Marie-Chantal Miller

In 1995, Marie-Chantal became engaged to Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, son of the deposed King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie. She converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy on 22 May 1995 in a private Chrismation (confirmation) ceremony held at St Paul's Chapel in New York. Her engagement ring was a cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond ring.[5] The wedding was planned by Lady Elizabeth Anson and Robert Isabell. Marie-Chantal wore a Valentino dress.[6] The ceremony was held on 1 July 1995 at St Sophia's Cathedral in London. Attendees included many members of European royal families.[1]

The couple have five children:

Career

In 2000, Marie-Chantal founded the luxury childrenswear brand Marie-Chantal.[7] In 2019, she published the book Manners Begin at Breakfast: Modern etiquette for families. She is a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and a board director of DFS Group Ltd.[citation needed]

Notable published works

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b Suzy Menkes (6 August 1995). "RUNWAYS; Breathing New Life Into Couture". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Some ancestry of the Miller sisters". www.wargs.com.
  3. ^ "HRH Crown Princess Pavlos". 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2019 – via Greekroyalfamily.org.
  4. ^ Colacello, Bob. "Greece's Royal Couple".
  5. ^ "Crown jewels: The fabulous rings which sealed the love of Europe's royal couples". HELLO! magazine. UK.
  6. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Designer Kids Clothes from Marie-Chantal Children". mariechantal.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014.