Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark

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Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
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Born (1872-01-22)22 January 1872
Athens, Greece
Died 8 February 1938(1938-02-08) (aged 66)
Athens, Kingdom of Greece
Burial Royal Cemetery, Tatoi Palace, Greece
Spouse Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
Issue Olga, Princess Paul of Yugoslavia
Princess Elizabeth, Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach
Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
House Glücksburg
Father George I of Greece
Mother Olga Constantinovna of Russia
Religion Greek Orthodox

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πρίγκιπας Νικόλαος της Ελλάδας και της Δανίας, 22 January 1872 – 8 February 1938), of the Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, was the fourth child and third son of King George I of Greece, and of Queen Olga. He was known as "Greek Nicky" in the family to distinguish him from his maternal first cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. Prince Nicholas was a talented painter, often signing his works as "Nicolas Leprince."[citation needed]

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (1882–1957), daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the only sister of the future Russian imperial pretender, Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich, and his second cousin through his mother Olga Constantinovna of Russia and her father Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, on 29 August 1902 in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia.[1]

They had three daughters:

The princesses were raised with an English nanny, Kate Fox, known as "Nurnie".[2]

Public life[edit]

Along with his brothers Constantine and George, Nicholas helped to organize the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens,[citation needed] the first to be held since 393. Nicholas served as president of the Sub-Committee for Shooting.[citation needed]

His father bequeathed him the Royal Theater of Greece which Nicholas, in turn, transferred to the Greek state in 1935. He was friends with George Simitis and was godfather to his son, future socialist Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.[3]

Death and burial[edit]

Prince Nicholas died in Athens on February 8, 1938 and was buried in the Royal tomb at the Palace of Tatoi.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 January 1872 – 8 February 1938: His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark.
Styles of
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark
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Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir


Foreign Honours



  1. ^ "Historic royal portrait miniature brooch". Christies. 
  2. ^ "photographs of members of European royalty, together with several postcards, relating to the royal nanny Kate Fox". Bonhams. 
  3. ^ Markezinis, Spyros (1994). Political History of Modern Greece (in Greek). 
  4. ^ Gaceta de Madrid: no. 28. p. 292. 28 January 1892.
  5. ^ "No. 27346". The London Gazette. 16 August 1901. p. 5409. 

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