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Princess Alexia
Princess Alexia of Greece.jpg
Princess Alexia at the wedding of her second cousin Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 19 June 2010
Born (1965-07-10) 10 July 1965 (age 57)
Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Kingdom of Greece
Spouse
Carlos Morales Quintana
(m. 1999)
IssueArrietta Morales y de Grecia
Anna Maria Morales y de Grecia
Carlos Morales y de Grecia
Amelia Morales y de Grecia
HouseGlücksburg
FatherConstantine II of Greece
MotherAnne-Marie of Denmark

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Αλεξία; born 10 July 1965) is a Greek (and Danish) princess and educator. She is the eldest child of Constantine II and Anne-Marie of Denmark, who were King and Queen of Greece from 1964 until the abolition of the monarchy in 1973. She was heir presumptive to the Greek throne from her own birth in 1965 until the birth of her brother Crown Prince Pavlos in 1967.[1]

Early life

Princess Alexia with her mother Queen Anne-Marie, 1965.
Princess Alexia with her mother Queen Anne-Marie, 1965.

Alexia was born on 10 July 1965 at Mon Repos, a villa on the Greek island of Corfu used at the time as a summer residence by the Greek royal family.[2] She was the first child born to the then King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes. At the time of her birth, her father was King of Greece, her grandfather was King of Denmark, and her great-grandfather was King of Sweden.[1]

As the monarch's only child, between her own birth and the birth on 20 May 1967 of her brother Pavlos, Alexia was heir presumptive to the throne of the Hellenes, then an extant monarchy.[1] The Greek Constitution of 1952 had changed Greece's order of succession to the throne from the previous Salic law, prevalent in much of the continent, and which precluded the succession of women, to male-preference primogeniture, similar to the succession laws of the United Kingdom, Denmark and Spain.[3]

Alexia grew up in exile and was raised in between Rome and London.[4] Prior to her education at the Hellenic College of London, she attended the Miss Surtee’s School for Boys and Girls in Rome, Italy. After Hellenic College, she went to the Froebel College of the Roehampton Institute, a division of the University of Surrey, in 1985 and took a BA in History and Education in 1988. In 1989, she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and became a primary school teacher in the inner city area of Southwark in London between 1989 and 1992[5][6] before moving to Barcelona where she became a teacher of children with developmental disabilities.[6]

Marriage and children

Dual Cypher of Alexia and Carlos
Dual Cypher of Alexia and Carlos

On 9 July 1999, Alexia married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, an architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral, London.[7][8] The bride wore a gown by the Austrian designer Inge Sprawson. Her attendants were her sister Princess Theodora, her niece Princess Maria-Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Kyril, Prince of Preslav, a son of former King Simeon of Bulgaria. The couple have four children: Arrietta, Anna Maria, Carlos and Amelia[9]

Alexia and her family now live in her husband's native land, at Puerto Calero marina, Yaiza, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, in a house designed by her husband.[9]

Titles and styles

Honours

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See also: List of honours of the Greek Royal Family by country

Ancestry

Citations

  1. ^ a b c d Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke's Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, pp. 67, 316, 327–328. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  2. ^ Lakritz, Talia (14 April 2021). "Take a look inside Prince Philip's birthplace, a 19th-century Greek island villa that is now an archaeological museum". Insider. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  3. ^ Hourmouzios, Stelio (1972). No Ordinary Crown : A Biography of King Paul of the Hellenes. Weidenfeld & N. pp. 243–244. ISBN 0-297-99408-5.
  4. ^ Cope, Rebecca (1 June 2021). "Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark and Nina Flohr celebrate second wedding". Tatler. Archived from the original on 28 June 2021. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b c de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 522–525, 536–539 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  6. ^ a b Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 31–33, 132, 173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  7. ^ Gay, Danielle (8 July 2019). "Inside Princess Alexia and Carlos Morales Quintana's 1999 wedding". Vogue. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Princess Alexia". Archived from the original on 13 April 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2021.

References

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-GlücksburgCadet branch of the House of OldenburgBorn: 10 July 1965 Greek royalty Preceded byPrincess Irene Heir-presumptive to the Greek throne 1965–1967 Succeeded byPavlosas Crown Prince