Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark

Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark was born 11 May 1942 as the second daughter and youngest child of King Paul of Greece & Queen Frederika of Greece {Source}. She has two older siblings, two siblings-in-law, and nieces and nephews, as well as several great nieces and nephews {Source}:
  1. Queen Sofia of Spain (1938)
    1. King Juan Carlos of Spain (1938)
      1. The Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo (1963)
        1. Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada (m. 1995-2010)
          1. Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Marichalar y de Borbón (1998)
          2. Doña Victoria Federica de Marichalar y de Borbón (2000)
      2. The Infanta Cristina of Spain (1965)
        1. Iñaki Urdangarín (1968)
          1. Don Juan Urdangarín y de Borbón(1999)
          2. Don Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (2000)
          3. Don Miguel Urdangarín y de Borbón (2002)
          4. Doña Irene Urdangarín y de Borbón (2005)
      3. King Felipe VI of Spain (1968)
        1. Queen Letizia of Spain (1972)
          1. Leonor, Princess of Asturias (2005)
          2. The Infanta Sofia of Spain (2007)
  2. King Constantine II of The Hellenes (1940)
    1. Queen Anne-Marie of The Hellenes (1946)
      1. Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (1965)
        1. Carlos Morales Quintana (m. 1999)
          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)
      2. Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark (1967)
        1. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece (m. 1995)
          1. Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece & Denmark (1996)
          2. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece & Denmark(1998)
          3. Prince Achileas-Andreas of Greece & Denmark (2000)
          4.  Prince Odysseus-Kimon of Greece & Denmark (2004)
          5. Prince Aristidis-Stavros of Greece & Denmark(2008)
      3. Prince Nikolaos of Greece & Denmark (1969)
        1. Princess Tatiana of Greece & Denmark (m. 2010)
      4. Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1983)
      5. Prince Philippos of Greece & Denmark (1986)
From an early age, she began taking piano lessons, where she was educated by Gina Bachauer. She was a bridesmaid to her eldest sister. She dated Prince Michel dOrléans, comte d'Évreux before his marriage to Béatrice Pasquier de Franclieu {Source}.

Upon her brother's dethronement, she moved to India with her mother. When her mother died in Februrary 1981, she moved to Spain in an apartment at La Zarzuela Palace to be near her elder sister. She is close with both of her siblings. 

In 1986, she founded the organization, Mundo en Armonía, which aims to contribute to the creation of a World in Harmony.

On 23 April 2008, she was named a godmother to Simeon Hassan Muñoz, who is the son of Princess Kalina of Bulgaria and Antonio José "Kitín" Muñoz Valcárcel.

She is also a noted author. Some of her books include:
  1. En Decelia: fragmentos cerámicos de Decelia y miscelánea arqueológica (ISBN: 9788494103308)

She holds honors from Greece, The House of Bourbon-Two Scilies, and Thailand.

She never has married and has no children. She is currently distantly in succession for the British Throne and 10th in succession for the defunct Greek throne.

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