Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

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Marie-Chantal
Crown Princess of Greece (more)
Kronprins Pavlos av Grekland med gemål..jpg
The Princess at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013
Spouse Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (m. 1995)
Issue Princess Maria-Olympia
Prince Constantine Alexios
Prince Achileas-Andreas
Prince Odysseas-Kimon
Prince Aristidis-Stavros
Full name
Marie-Chantal Claire
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Robert Warren Miller
Mother María Clara Pesantes Becerra
Born (1968-09-17) 17 September 1968 (age 46)
London, England
Greek Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Royal Family of Greece

HM The King
HM The Queen

Marie-Chantal Claire, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark[1] (née: Miller; born 17 September 1968 in London, England), is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark. Her husband is the son and heir apparent of King Constantine II, who was deposed in 1973.

Background[edit]

Marie-Chantal Miller was born in London, England, to María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra), an Ecuadorian, and Robert Warren Miller, an American. She has an older sister, Pia, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg.[2]

Marie-Chantal was raised in Hong Kong where she attended The Peak School until she was 9 years-old when she went to board at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. In 1982 she transferred to the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris until her senior year which she took at The Masters School in New York which was then girls only. After graduating she attended the Academy of Arts for one year. She began a degree in History of Art at New York University in 1993 but dropped out a year later after Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, proposed to her on a skiing holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland, at Christmas.

Career[edit]

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal is the Founder and Creative Director of Marie-Chantal, an international childrenswear brand founded in 2000.[3]

Marie-Chantal is a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and a board director of DFS Group Ltd. DFS is a luxury retailer catering to the travelling public and is a division of LVMH.

Business[edit]

Marie-Chantal childrenswear is designed in Chelsea, London.[4] Its signature piece is the Angel Wing onesie.

Marie-Chantal childrenswear is sold at its four boutiques and online through its official websites.[5] Marie-Chantal is also stocked by luxury department stores, including Harrods, Saks 5th Avenue, Petit Marchons and boutiques in over 20 countries around the world.

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1995, Marie-Chantal became engaged to Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark. Pavlos is the son and heir apparent of King Constantine II, who was deposed in 1973. She converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy on 22 May 1995 in a private Chrismation ceremony held at St Paul's Chapel in New York. She received a cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond engagement ring from the crown prince.[6]

The wedding was planned by Lady Elizabeth Anson and Robert Isabell. The bride wore a Valentino dress.[7] The ceremony was held on 1 July 1995 at St Sophia's Cathedral in London. Attendees included many members of European royal families and ten members of the Greek political party New Democracy. The couple has five children:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia (born 25 July 1996 in New York City)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Constantine Alexios (named after his grandfather; born 29 October 1998 in New York City)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Achileas-Andreas (born 12 August 2000 in New York City)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Odysseas-Kimon (born 17 September 2004 in London)
  • His Royal Highness Prince Aristides-Stavros (born 29 June 2008 in Los Angeles)[2]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Dual Cypher of Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles and styles[edit]

Since her marriage, Marie-Chantal has been styled as "Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark".

Honours[edit]

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

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greekroyalfamily.org
  2. ^ a b Greekroyalfamily.org
  3. ^ "Designer Kids Clothes from Marie-Chantal Children". mariechantal.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Us | Marie-Chantal". mariechantal.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Stores and stockists | Marie-Chantal". mariechantal.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Crown jewels: The fabulous rings which sealed the love of Europe's royal couples". HELLO! magazine (UK). 
  7. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue.