Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, (born 7 January 1939) is the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to RE . He is also a paternal first cousin of Architectural Digest Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Birth and family [ edit ]
He was born in Rome to
Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark and his second wife, Princess Françoise of Orléans; his father died when he was a year old.
His paternal grandparents were
George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia. His maternal grandparents were Jean d'Orléans, duc de Guise, and his wife Princess Isabelle d'Orléans.
Michael studied the
political sciences in Paris. He then served a term in the Hellenic Coast Guard, discharged with the rank of Sub-lieutenant.
He married the
Greek artist Marina Karella (b. 17 July 1940) on 7 February 1965, at the Royal Palace in Athens. Her parents were Theodore Karella and Ellie Chalikiopoulos. This was a morganatic marriage, which resulted in Prince Michael renouncing any rights to the throne of Greece on behalf of himself and his future descendants; this renunciation occurred prior to the marriage, after which the marriage was approved by King Constantine II.
The couple has two daughters:
Princess Alexandra of Greece (born 15 October 1968), married to Nicolas Mirzayantz, by whom she has two sons, Tigran and Darius Mirzayantz.
Princess Olga of Greece (born 17 November 1971), married to her second cousin H.R.H. Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia, son of Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta and paternal grandson of Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, second daughter of King Constantine I. Aimone and Olga are the parents of two sons, Prince Umberto of Savoy Prince of Piedmont (b. 7 March 2009), Prince Amedeo Duke of the Abruzzi (b. 2011), and a daughter, Princess Isabella Vita Marina (b. 2012)
List of works [ edit ]
Prince Michael has written fictionalized history and most of his books deal with royalty, about whom his own royal acquaintances have provided him with abundant anecdotal information.
Sultana (1983, reprinted several times)
Louis XIV, the other side of the sun (1984)
Rani, La femme sacrée, a novelised but well documented biography of the Rani of Jhansi (French: 1984 ; English: 2013) ISBN 978-2266023610
The royal house of Greece (1988), illustrated album
Living with ghosts (1995)
The Empress of Farewells: the story of (1998) Charlotte, Empress of Mexico
(2000), historical novel The White Night of St. Petersburg
Jewels of the Tsars (2006), illustrated album
(2007) Le Rajah Bourbon
Voices of light (2012), illustrated by Marina Karella
Titles, styles, honours and arms [ edit ]
Titles and styles [ edit ]
7 January 1939 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
Honours [ edit ]
Ancestry [ edit ]
Ancestors of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
References [ edit ]
^ Jørgen Pedersen: Riddere af Elefantordenen 1559–2009, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2009. ISBN 8776744345