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.

Biography[edit]

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]

Death[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]