Friday, July 10, 2015

Royal Profile: 50 Facts about Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark

  1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark was born 10 July 1965 {Source}.
  2. She is the eldest child of King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie of Greece {Source}.
  3.  At the time of her birth, her father was not in power, however the monarchy was still in tact{Source}.
  4.  From her birth to the birth of her younger bother, Crown Prince Pavlos in 1967, she was heiress presumptive to the throne {Source}. 
  5. She was born in the same house as Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh at Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece.
  6. As a member of the Greek Royal Family, she is related to many other Royal Families in Europe:
    1. Denmark: Queen Margrethe II  is her mother's sister, making her a maternal niece
    2. Germany: Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Princess of Denmark is her maternal aunt
    3. Spain: the former Queen Sofia is her paternal aunt, making King Felipe VI her first cousin
    4. Sweden: King Carl XVI Gustaf is her maternal 1st cousin 1x removed.
    5. Romania: King Mihai I is her 1st cousin 1x removed through Constantine I of Greece
    6. United Kingdom
      1. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh is her 1st cousin 3x removed from King George I of Greece 
      2. Queen Elizabeth II is her 3rd cousin 1x removed from Queen Victoria
  7. She spent her early years in Greece, before the family's re-location to Rome, Italy in December 1967 {Source}. 
  8. She began her education in Italy, where she was taught Greek by a private tutor{Source}. 
  9. During her childhood, she was very close with both her grandmothers. 
  10. Her Greek grandmother, Queen Fredrica, would visit her family on Saturdays {Source}. 
  11. Her Danish grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark would often visit the family in Rome{Source}. 
  12. During her visits with her Danish grandmother, tea would be served at approximately 4PM, and the pair would often go to the ballet or theatre together{Source}. 
  13. In 1973, a year after her maternal grandfather's death and the accession of her aunt to the Danish throne, she spent a year living in Amalienbourg Palace in Denmark{Source}.
  14.  In 1974, she and her family would move again, this time to England {Source}. 
  15. During her time in England, Princess Alexia, her brother and their friends would often re-enact historical and mythical stories{Source}. 
  16. As her siblings did, she also attended the school started up by her parents, The Hellenic College in London, where she earned a Greek Baccalaureate{Source}.
  17.  In addition to the Greek Bacalauraeate, she also gained two British A-Levels {Source}. 
  18. She then spent a year (1984-5) doing voluntary work at the London Hospital for Sick Children helping in the Play Centre at the Hospital{Source}. 
  19. She went to the Froebel College of the Roehampton Institute, a division of Surrey University, in 1985 and took a BA in History and Education in 1988{Source}.
  20. In 1989, she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education 
  21. After graduation, she became a primary school teacher in the inner city area of Southwark in London from 1989-1992{Source}.
  22. She attended the Catalan Foundation for Down's Syndrome where she took a Master's Degree in 'Early Childhood Intervention'{Source}. 
  23. This qualified her to work with children who have physical or psychological problems, -and to help their parents in coping with the difficulties{Source}. 
  24.  Up to the birth of her first daughter, Arrietta, she worked as a Group Therapist with Down's Syndrome children at the Foundation, having in her particular care 18 children{Source}. 
  25. In 1992, Princess Alexia took a year's sabbatical and went to Barcelona to attend the 1992 Olympics, where some of her friends won Gold Medals for sailing. 
  26. She was then offered the opportunity to take part in a World Championship sailing contest in the 3/4 Ton Class in 1993 with an 'All Girl' crew. 
  27. Along with the rest of her family, she returned to Greece in 1981 to bury her grandmother{Source}.
  28. Her next visit wouldn't be for another 12 years, in 1993{Source}. 
  29. Since then, she has joined her parents on numerous visits to their former homeland{Source}.
  30. In 1994, she met the man she would later marry, Carlos Morales Quintana at a boat race in Spain{Source}. 
  31. They were married in London on the day before her 34th birthday in 1999{Source}. 
  32. Her attendants included:
    1. Princess Theodora (her sister, age 16)
    2. Princess Mafalda-Cecilia Preslavska of Bulgaria (family friend, age 5)
    3. Princess Maria-Olympia (her goddaughter and niece, age 3)
  33. Just prior to their wedding, they were in a serious sailing accident, where she broke her collar bone and he fractured his kneecap, however, they both fully recovered in time for their nuptials{Source}!
  34. Today, they lead private lives for the most part in the Canary Islands with their three daughters and son{Source}:
    1. Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (2002)
    2. Ana María Morales y de Grecia (2003)
    3. Carlos Morales y de Grecia (2005)
    4. Amelia Morales y de Grecia (2007)
  35. Princess Alexia is also a royal godmother, several times over:
    1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece (1996, her niece)
    2. Pablo Nicolas Urdangarin y de Borbon (2000, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
    3. Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
    4. Princess Isabella of Denmark (2007, her 1st cousin 1x removed)
    5. Miss Emma Tallulah Behn (2008, daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway)
  36. She is the big sister of:
    1. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark (1967)
    2. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
    3. Princesss Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
    4. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark (1986)
  37. Her siblings-in-law are:
    1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece (1968)
    2. Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark (1980)
  38. She is the paternal niece of:
    1. Queen Sofia of Spain
    2. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark
  39. Her paternal uncle is:
    1. King Juan Carlos I of Spain
  40. Her paternal cousins  are :
    1. Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
    2. King Felipe VI of Spain
    3. Infanta Cristina of Spain
  41. Her paternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Queen Letizia of Spain
    2. Don Iñaki Urdangarín
  42. Her paternal 1st cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Don Felipe Juan de Marichalar y Borbón(1998)
    2. Don Juan Valentín Urdangarín y Bórbon (1999)
    3. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y Borbón (2000)
    4. Don Pablo Urdangarín y Bórbon (2000)
    5. Don Miguel Urdangarín y Bórbon (2002)
    6. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Bórbon (2005)
    7. Princess Leonor of Asturias (2005)
    8. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  43. Her maternal uncles are:
    1. Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
    2. Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  44. Her maternal aunts and uncles are:
    1. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
    2. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg
  45. Her maternal cousins  are:
    1. Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian of Denmark (1968)
    2. Gustav, The Hereditary Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1969)
    3. Princess Alexandra Rosemarie Ingrid Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1970)
    4. Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian of Denmark (1969)
    5. Princess Nathalie Xenia Margrethe Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (1975)
    6. Her maternal cousins-in-law are:
    1. Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1967)
    2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (1972)
    3. Princess Marie of Denmark (1976)
    4. Mr. Alexander Johannsmann (1977)
  46. Her maternal 1st cousins 1x removed are:
    1. Count Friedrich Richard Oscar Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (1999)
    2. Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark (1999)
    3. Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark (2002)
    4. Countess Ingrid Alexandra Irma Astrid Benedikte von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (2003)
    5. Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark (2005)
    6. Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe of Denmark (2007)
    7. Prince Henrik Carl Joachim Alain of Denmark (2009)
    8. Master Konstantin Gustav Heinrich Richard Johannsmann (2010)
    9. Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark (2011)
    10. Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark (2011)
    11. Princess Athena Marguerite Françoise Marie of Denmark (2012)
    12. Miss Louisa Johannsmann (2015)
  47. It is likely she speaks English, Spanish, Greek, as well as some Italian and Danish.
  48. She is renounced her succession rights to the Greek throne upon her marriage to a roman catholic.
  49. If she still were in line for the Greek and British thrones, she would be 9th for the Greek throne and 240+ for the British Throne.

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