Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece

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Marie-Chantal
Crown Princess of Greece
Kronprins Pavlos av Grekland med gemål..jpg
The Crown Princess and her husband at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013
Born (1968-09-17) 17 September 1968 (age 47)
London, England
Spouse Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (m. 1995)
Issue
  • Princess Maria-Olympia
  • Prince Constantine-Alexios
  • Prince Achileas-Andreas
  • Prince Odysseas-Kimon
  • Prince Aristidis-Stavros
Full name
Marie-Chantal Claire
Father Robert Warren Miller
Mother Marie Chantal Pesantes
Religion Greek Orthodox
prev. Roman Catholic

Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece (née Marie-Chantal Claire Miller; born 17 September 1968 in London, England), is the wife of Pavlos, son of the deposed King Constantine II of Greece.

Background[edit]

Marie-Chantal Miller was born in London, England, to Marie Chantal Pesantes, an Ecuadorian, and Robert Warren Miller, an American businessman. She has an older sister, Pia, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg.[1] She was baptized in the Catholic Church at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City by Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop of New York with Princess Donatella Missikoff Flick as her godmother.[2]

Marie-Chantal was raised in Hong Kong where she attended The Peak School until she was 9 years-old when she went to board at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. In 1982 she transferred to the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris until her senior year which she took at The Masters School in New York which was then girls only. After graduating she attended the Academy of Arts for one year. She began a degree in History of Art at New York University in 1993 but dropped out a year later after Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, proposed to her on a skiing holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland, at Christmas.

Career[edit]

Marie-Chantal is the Founder and Creative Director of Marie-Chantal, an international childrenswear brand founded in 2000.[3] She is a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and a board director of DFS Group Ltd. DFS is a luxury retailer catering to the travelling public and is a division of LVMH.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In 1995, Marie-Chantal became engaged to Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, son of the deposed King Constantine II. She converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy on 22 May 1995 in a private Chrismation ceremony held at St Paul's Chapel in New York. Her engagement ring was a cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond engagement ring.[4] The wedding was planned by Lady Elizabeth Anson and Robert Isabell. Marie-Chantal wore a Valentino dress.[5] The ceremony was held on 1 July 1995 at St Sophia's Cathedral in London. Attendees included many members of European royal families and ten members of the Greek political party New Democracy.[citation needed]

The couple has five children:

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal
Dual Cypher of Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 17 September 1968 - June 30 1995: Miss Marie-Chantal Claire Miller
  • 1 July 1995 - present: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark

Honours[edit]

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

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]