Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark

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Princess Alexia
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Princess Alexia at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 19 June 2010
Born (1965-07-10) 10 July 1965 (age 53)
Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
Spouse
Issue Arrietta Morales y de Grecia
Ana María Morales y de Grecia
Carlos Morales y de Grecia
Amelia Morales y de Grecia
House Glücksburg
Father Constantine II of Greece
Mother Anne-Marie of Denmark

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Αλεξία; born 10 July 1965) is the eldest child of Constantine II and Anne-Marie of Denmark, who were the last King and Queen of Greece, reigning from 1964 to 1973.

Early life[edit]

Between her own birth and the birth on 20 May 1967 of her brother Pavlos, Alexia was heir presumptive to the throne of the Hellenes, then an extant monarchy.[1] Greece's order of succession to the throne was determined by male-preference primogeniture, similar to the succession laws of the United Kingdom and Spain, rather than Salic law, prevalent in much of the continent, which precluded the succession of women.

Educated, like her brothers, at the Hellenic College in London, she then went to the Froebel College of the Roehampton Institute, a division of the University of Surrey, in 1985 and took a BA in History and Education in 1988. In 1989, she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and became a primary school teacher in the inner city area of Southwark in London between 1989 and 1992 .[2][3] before moving to Barcelona where she became a teacher of children with developmental disabilities.[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

Dual Cypher of Alexia and Carlos

On 9 July 1999 Alexia married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, an architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral, London.[4] The bride wore a gown by the Austrian designer Inge Sprawson.[5] Her attendants were her sister Princess Theodora, her niece Princess Maria-Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Kyril, Prince of Preslav, a son of former King Simeon of Bulgaria. The couple has four children: Arrietta (born 24 February 2002), Ana María (born 15 May 2003), Carlos (born 30 July 2005), and Amelia (born 26 October 2007).

Alexia and her family live now in her husband's native land, at Puerto Calero marina, Yaiza, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, in a house designed by her husband.[6][2]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 July 1965 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark[2]

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[1][2][edit]

She is also the niece of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain.[1]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke’s Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, pp. 67, 316, 327-328. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  2. ^ a b c d de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery. Paris. 2002. pp. 522-525, 536-539 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  3. ^ a b Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 31-33, 132, 173. ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  4. ^ "Royal weddings in history". Vogue. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Princess Alexia's gown". Order of Splendor blog.
  6. ^ Exilio de las Infantas en Lanzarote provocado por Zapatero[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Princess Alexia
  8. ^ Greek Royal Family

References[edit]

Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 10 July 1965
Greek royalty
Preceded by
Princess Irene
Heir-presumptive to the Greek throne
1965–1967
Succeeded by
Pavlos
as Crown Prince