Friday, August 30, 2013

Royal Profile: Queen Anne-Marie of Greece

Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Greece was born Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark, the third child of King Fredrick IX of Denmark and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on 30 August 1946 {Source}. She has two older sisters, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark & Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg {Source}.

Her godparents were: 
  • King Christian X of Denmark (paternal grandfather)
  • Queen Alexandrine of Denmark (paternal grandmother)
  • King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (maternal grandfather)
  • Prince Bertil of Sweden (maternal uncle)
  • King Haakon VII of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Prince Geogre of Greece (paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (maternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  • Princess Dagmar of Denmark (paternal great-aunt)
  • Queen Mary of the United Kingdom

The young princes attended schools in Denmark, and Switzerland. She began attending Zahle's School in 1952 until 1961{Source}. From 1962-1963, she attended the Chatelard School for Girls{Source}. In 1963-1964, she attended  the Institut Le Mesnil {Source}.

She met her double third cousin who would later become her husband when she was 13 during a State Visit from Greece to Denmark{Source}. They met again two years later, where Constantine declared his intentions to marry Anne-Marie{Source}. They met a third time in 1962, during the wedding of Princess Sophia of Greece to King Juan Carlos of Spain, which Anne-Marie was a bridesmaid, and Constantine was a brother-of-the bride {Source}  They met a fourth time during the centenary of the Greek Monarchy in 1963{Source}. In March 1964, her potential future father-in-law died, leaving her potential suitor to be King of the Hellenes{Source}. Four months later in July 1964, their engagement was announced, and they were wed in a ceremony on 18 September (two weeks after Anne-Marie's 18th birthday){Source}. During her tenure as Queen of the Hellenes, she worked for countless charitable efforts.

In 1967, her husband was forced to flee Greece for Italy{Source}. In 1973, they continued their exile, settling in England with their children{Source}.

Today, she has a large family, three sons, a son in law,  two daughter-in-laws, two daughters,and several grandchildren, who are{Source}:


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