Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece

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Pavlos
Crown Prince of Greece
Prince of Denmark
Kronprins Pavlos av Grekland med gemål..jpg
The Prince at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013
Spouse Marie Chantal Miller (m. 1995)
Issue Princess Maria Olympia
Prince Constantine Alexios
Prince Achileas Andreas
Prince Odysseas-Kimon
Prince Aristidis-Stavros
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
House of Oldenburg
Father Constantine II of Greece
Mother Anne Marie of Denmark
Born (1967-05-20) 20 May 1967 (age 47)
Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
Religion Greek Orthodox
Greek Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Royal Family of Greece

HM The King
HM The Queen

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark, RE (in English: Paul; born 20 May 1967) is the eldest son and heir apparent of Constantine II, who was King of Greece from 1964 to 1973.[1]

By male-line descent, he is a member of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg line of the House of Oldenburg. Since reaching adulthood, he has lived in New York City and London, working as an investment consultant.

He is an experienced bluewater yachtsman and crews on the multi-record-breaking monohull Mari-Cha IV owned by businessman Robert W. Miller, his father-in-law.

Early life[edit]

Crown Prince Pavlos was born on 20 May 1967 in Athens, to King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie, by birth a Princess of Denmark. His mother is a sister of Margrethe II of Denmark. His maternal grandparents were Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden.

By Greek tradition, he was named after his paternal grandfather, King Paul (Pavlos) of the Hellenes. His older sister, Princess Alexia, had been born two years earlier, in 1965. Crown Prince Pavlos was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, with Charles, Prince of Wales (King Constantine’s second cousin), as one of his godparents.

Military coup of 1967[edit]

Crown Prince Pavlos was born into a turbulent era in Greek politics. His father, King Constantine II, had ascended to the throne on 6 March 1964, at the age of 23, following the death of his father, King Paul.

As 1967 drew to a close, the "Regime of the Colonels", led by Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos, was increasingly characterised by suppression of civil liberties, along with imprisonment or exile of opponents. In December of that year, King Constantine attempted a counter-coup, but could not rally sufficient military support. The King fled with his wife and children to Rome. Crown Prince Pavlos' younger brother Prince Nikolaos was born in Rome in 1969.

Abolition of the monarchy[edit]

During the years 1967–1973, Greece remained officially a monarchy, with a regency appointed in the absence of the king. Beginning in 1973, when Prince Pavlos was six years old, a series of rapid changes occurred in the government of Greece. On 1 June 1973, Constantine II was declared deposed and Georgios Papadopoulos became the self-appointed President of Greece. On 29 July 1973, the Greek plebiscite, 1973 was held to confirm the change.

On 17 November 1974, the Greek legislative election, 1974 was held, resulting in a victory for Constantine Karamanlis and his New Democratic (ND) party. On 8 December 1974, the Greek plebiscite, 1974 had a similar outcome to that of the previous year: the majority were in favour of a republican constitution (69%) over restoration of the monarchy (31%).

Constantine II accepted that his reign was at an end. He and Anne Marie had been settled with their family in London for some time. Pavlos' youngest siblings were born in London, Princess Theodora in 1983 and Prince Philippos in 1986.

Education[edit]

Pavlos was educated in London at the Hellenic College of London. He then trained as a British army officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before taking a three-year commission with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.[2] He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, graduating in 1993 in International Relations, Law and Organization and completing a Master of Science in Foreign Service, specialising in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, in 1995.[2] His roommate at Georgetown was his cousin, Don Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, heir to the Crown of Spain at that time).[2] Pavlos was raised bilingually, speaking both Greek and English. He also speaks German, French, Spanish and Italian. He has stated privately that, when he was a child, he was accustomed to speak primarily German (with his siblings)[citation needed], English (with his mother) and Greek (in classes)[citation needed].

Business interests[edit]

  • 1997 – Co-founded Griphon Asset Management, an alternative investment group
  • 1998 – Co-founded Ivory Capital Group LLC and Ivory Fund Investors LLC, private investment groups focused on value-oriented equities
  • 2002 – Co-founded Ortelius Capital Partners LLC, an alternative asset management group specializing in hedge funds
  • 2003 – Co-founded Brigantine, a value based equity fund

He is also on the boards of directors of the Christie's European Advisory Board, Anna-Maria Foundation and of United World College, USA.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Crown Prince Pavlos married American heiress Marie-Chantal Miller (now styled as Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark) on 1 July 1995. After their marriage, the couple resided in New York City, where he worked as an investment consultant. The couple has five children:

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Crown Prince Pavlos
Dual Cypher of Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece.svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles[edit]

Crown Prince Pavlos has used the following titles and styles:

  • 20 May 1967 - 1 June 1973: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark
  • 1 June 1973 - present: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark
    • official in Greece: 1 June 1973 - present: His Highness Prince Pavlos of Denmark

The title "Crown Prince of Greece" and style Royal Highness are not used or recognized by the Hellenic Republic, although customarily accorded at royal courts. The attributes of Highness and "Prince of Denmark" (Prins af Danmark) derive from his dynastic male-line descent from Christian IX of Denmark and as such are recognized by the Republic of Greece.

Coat of arms and banner[edit]

Arms of the Crown Prince of Greece
Standard of the Crown Prince of Greece

Honours[edit]

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

Foreign honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Pavlos is a scion multiple times of the "Grandparents of Europe", descending from Christian IX of Denmark through three of his children; in the male line through George I of Greece, in the female line through Frederick VIII of Denmark and through his daughter Princess Thyra, Duchess of Cumberland.[2] He also descends thrice from Queen Victoria: once through her third son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and twice through her eldest daughter the Princess Royal Victoria aka the German Empress Frederick.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The monarchy was initially abolished in 1973 by the Regime of the Colonels. Rather than reinstating the monarchy prior to holding a referendum, the new democratic government which replaced the regime left the republic in place, and accepted the Greek president as head of state until the referendum took place. The referendum opted not to reinstate the monarchy.
  2. ^ a b c d e Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Daughters. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 33, 130, 132, 159. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  3. ^ Royal Baptism photos 1999 http://www.angelfire.com/de/verenasroyalty/Baptism1999.html
  4. ^ a b Pavlos & Marie-Chantal
  5. ^ a b c d Noblesse et Royautés (French), Queen Margrethe's Ruby Jubilee, 2012, Pavlos wearing miniatures of the orders on his jacket and Marie-Chantal wearing the sash of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia
  6. ^ Mad Hattery, Frederik of Denmark's Wedding, HRH Prince Pavlos & Princesss MArie Chantal

References[edit]

Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 20 May 1967
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Preceded by
Constantine
Crown Prince of Greece Incumbent
Lines of succession
First
Line of succession to the former Greek throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Constantine Alexios
of Greece and Denmark
Preceded by
The Queen of the Hellenes
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Arthur, son of Victoria