Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark

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Princess Elisabeth
Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach
Princess Elizabeth of Greece.jpg
Spouse Carl Theodor, Count of Toerring-Jettenbach
Issue Count Hans Veit
Countess Helene
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
Mother Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
Born (1904-05-24)24 May 1904
Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Died 11 January 1955(1955-01-11) (aged 50)
Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Ελισάβετ της Ελλάδας και Δανίας) (24 May 1904 – 11 January 1955) was the middle daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia.[1]


Princess Elisabeth (center), with her sisters

Early life[edit]

Elizabeth was born on 24 May 1904 at Tatoi, Greece.[1] Like her sisters, Olga and Marina, Elisabeth was considered a great beauty. Her family nicknamed her 'Woolly' because her dark brown hair was thicker and more difficult to manage than that of her sisters. Princess Elisabeth, who was the sweetest and least-known of the three beautiful sisters, was a fearless horsewoman and a talented painter, though she cared more for horses than for art. She was extremely close to both of her more-famous sisters.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Elisabeth married Count Carl Theodor of Toerring-Jettenbach, who was known as "Toto." Carl Theodor's mother was a sister of Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians and Princess Rupprecht of Bavaria.[1] Count Toerring-Jettenbach was named for his grandfather, Duke Karl Theodor in Bavaria. Elisabeth and Carl Theodor had two children:

  • Count Hans Veit Kaspar Nikolaus of Toerring-Jettenbach, born 11 January 1935[1]
Elisabeth Countess of Toering-Jettenbach, pastel painting by the painter Vera Stanley Alder
  • Countess Helene Marina Elisabeth of Toerring-Jettenbach, born 20 May 1937 in Winhöring castle, Bavaria married in a civil ceremony on 6 Apr 1956 at Schloß Seefeld, Munich and in a religious ceremony at Seefeld am Pilnsee, Bavaria on 10 Apr 1956 to Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria (Vienna 6 Dec 1918-Ulm 6 Aug 2004). Her second child was the well known socialite and fashion model Sophie, Princess of Windisch-Grätz who married Mariano Hugo of Windisch-Graetz.[1]

Elisabeth died of cancer on 11 January 1955 in Munich. She was 50 years old.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 24 May 1904 – 10 January 1934: Her Royal Highness Princess Elisavet of Greece and Denmark
  • 10 January 1934 – 11 January 1955: Her Royal Highness Princess Elisavet of Greece and Denmark, Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach (German: Prinzessin Elisabeth, Gräfin zu Toerring-Jettenbach)




  1. ^ a b c d e McNaughton, C. Arnold. "The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy". 3 volumes. London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973, ISBN = 978-0812902808
  2. ^ Wedding of Juan Carlos of Spain and Sophia of Greece

External links[edit]

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