Thursday, January 7, 2016

Royal profile: Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark

Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark was born on 7 January 1939 as the son of Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark and Princess Françoise d'Orléans {Source}. He had no siblings. His father died in 1940, leaving him to be raised by his mother{Source}. 

He was educated in France. He studied Political Science in Paris. He also spent a term in the Hellenic Coast Guard, discharged with the rank of Sub-lieutenant.

On 7 February 1965, he married Mariana Karella{Source}. Due to their unequal marriage, he renounced his succession rights and the their children{Source}. However, the marriage was approved by King Constantine II. Together, he and Mariana have two daughters, two sons-in-law, three grandsons and one granddaughter{Source}:
  1. Princess Alexandra of Greece (1969)
    1. Nicolas Mirzayantz
      1. Tigran Mirayantz
      2. Darius Mirayantz
  2. Princess Olga of Greece, The Duchess of Apulia (1971)
    1. Prince Aimone, The Duke of Apulia
      1. Prince Umberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont (2009)
      2. Prince Amedeo of Savoy, The Duke of Abruzzi (2011)
      3. Princess Isabella Vita Maria of Savoy (2012)
 Prince Michael of Greece has had several works published, many of which deal with royalty or history. Some of these include (note: the links lead to Amazon to purchase said books):
  1. The White Night of St. Petersburg 
  2. Jewels of the Tsars: The Romanovs and Imperial Russia
  3. Crown Jewels of Britain and Europe (1983, reprinted several times)
  4. Le palais des larmes (1988)
  5. La femme sacréea novelised but well documented biography of the Rani of Jhansi (Pocket, 1988)
  6. Sultana (Harper & Row, 1993)
  7. The Empress of Farewells: the story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico (2002)
  8. Living with Ghosts
  9. Unusual Memories (2004)
  10. Louis XIV: the Other Side of the Sun
  11. Le Rajah Bourbon (2007)
Prince Michael holds honors from Denmark and the Empire of Iran. He is a first cousin 1x removed from King Constantine II. Their common ancestor is King George I of Greece.

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