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 (by birth)
House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
(by marriage)
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. She was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, and an older sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Biography[edit]

Princess Margarita was born on 18 April 1905 on the island of Corfu in Greece. She was the sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, originally Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, the husband and consort of Elizabeth II. 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. Gottfried was the eldest son of Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a male line granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert through their 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 and Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine. As such, both Gottfried and Princess Margarita had common ancestors in Queen Victoria and Nicholas I of Russia. In descent from Queen Victoria, Prince Gottfried was a second cousin of Princess Margarita's mother. In descent from Nicholas I, they were third cousins.

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

Their marriage produced six children, all of whom were styled as His/Her Serene Highness:

  • 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.

Death[edit]

Princess Margarita died on 24 April 1981 in Langenburg, Germany. 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

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Through her father, she was a grandchild of George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinova of Russia, a granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. Through her mother she was a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Her mother (the daughter of Victoria Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt) was a granddaughter of The Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse-Darmstadt by her marriage to Grand-Duke Louis IV and second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Margarita was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.