Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark

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Princess Margarita
Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Spouse Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Issue Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Beatrix
Prince Georg Andreas
Prince Rupprecht
Prince Albrecht
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Father Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Mother Princess Alice of Battenberg
Born (1905-04-18)April 18, 1905
Corfu, Kingdom of Greece
Died 24 April 1981(1981-04-24) (aged 76)
Langenburg, West Germany

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Μαργαρίτα της Ελλάδας και Δανίας) (18 April 1905 – 24 April 1981) was the eldest child and daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.[1] She was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, and the eldest sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Princess Margarita with her mother Princess Alice and sister Princess Theodora, ca. 1912.

Princess Margarita was born on 18 April 1905 on the island of Corfu in Greece.[1] She was the sister of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, the consort of Elizabeth II.[1] She also had three sisters: Theodora, Margravine of Baden; Cecilie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine; and Sophie, later Princess George of Hanover.

Marriage and children[edit]

Margarita married Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on 20 April 1931 in Langenburg, Germany.[1] Gottfried was a son of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her second son, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his wife, Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, a daughter of Alexander II of Russia. In descent from Queen Victoria, Prince Gottfried was a second cousin once removed of Princess Margarita and in descent from Nicholas I, they were third cousins.

Gottfried succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on 11 December 1950.

Six children were born of their marriage, all of whom were styled as His/Her Serene Highness:[1]

  • stillborn daughter (born and died 3 December 1933 - 3 December 1933)
  • Prince Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich (25 June 1935 - 16 March 2004); succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
  • Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (10 June 1936 - 15 November 1997)
  • Prince Georg Andreas Heinrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 24 November 1938)
  • Prince Rupprecht Sigismund Philipp Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 - 8 April 1978)
  • Prince Albrecht Wolfgang Christoph of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 - 23 April 1992)

Their four elder children were all born at Schwäbisch Hall, while the two youngest boys, twins, were born in Langenburg.[1]


Princess Margarita died on 24 April 1981 in Langenburg, Germany.[1] She survived her husband by 21 years.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Styles of
Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 April 1905 – 20 April 1931: Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark
  • 20 April 1931 – 11 December 1950: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • 11 December 1950 – 11 May 1960: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • 11 May 1960 – 24 April 1981: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
    • 11 May 1960 – 24 April 1981: Also used Her Royal Highness Margarita, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg