Princess Margarita of Baden

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Princess Margarita
Born (1932-07-14)14 July 1932
Schloss Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died 15 January 2013(2013-01-15) (aged 80)
Farnham, Surrey, England
Spouse Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia
(m. 1957; div. 1981)
Issue Prince Nikolas
Princess Katarina
Full name
Margarete Alice Thyra Viktoria Marie Louise Scholastica
House Zähringen
Father Berthold, Margrave of Baden
Mother Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark

Princess Margarita of Baden (Margarete Alice Thyra Viktoria Marie Louise Scholastica; 14 July 1932 – 15 January 2013) was the only daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden, and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark.[1]

Early life[edit]

Princess Margarita was born at Schloss Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 14 July 1932 and grew up there. Her father ran a school jointly with Kurt Hahn.

She came to live in London in 1948, and trained as a nurse at St Thomas' Hospital. She attended the 1953 Coronation. While in London, she met Prince Tomislav, a member of the exiled Yugoslav royal family.

Marriage[edit]

On 5 June 1957, Princess Margarita married Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, younger brother of King Peter II of Yugoslavia, in a civil ceremony in Salem[2] followed by Lutheran and Serbian Orthodox church services on June 6. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (her maternal uncle) and King Simeon of Bulgaria were among the witnesses.[3] From this marriage were born:

The couple settled in the United Kingdom, running a fruit farm near Billingshurst in Sussex. They were divorced in 1981. Princess Margarita did not remarry.

Later years and death[edit]

Princess Margarita was a champion of Serbian charities and was also president of the Convent of Martha and Mary in Moscow.

Following the death of Lady Katherine Brandram in 2007 she became the senior direct line female descendant of Queen Victoria.

Princess Margarita experienced ill-health in her later years. She was seen sitting in a wheelchair at Westminster Abbey as an invited guest at the wedding of the Duke of Cambridge, son of her first cousin Charles, Prince of Wales.

Princess Margarita died in Farnham, Surrey, on 15 January 2013 after a long illness.[6] Her funeral was held at Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava in Notting Hill on 24 January 2013. Her uncle the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen of the Hellenes and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Yugoslavia were among the mourners. [7]

Princess Margarita was buried in the family cemetery at Stefansfeld near Baden, Germany, on 28 January 2013.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (9 April 1957). Niece of Duke to Wed Prince, Spokesman-Review
  2. ^ German Princess Marries, Calgary Herald
  3. ^ "Obituaries; HRH Princess Margarita of Baden". Daily Telegraph. 
  4. ^ Katerina Karageorgievich, Princess of Yugoslavia, ThePeerage.com
  5. ^ Princess Katarin on LinkedIn
  6. ^ Press Release, The Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, 16 January 2013; obituary in the Daily Telegraph, 20 January 2013
  7. ^ "Prince Philip leaves Norfolk to attend funeral in London". Eastern Daily Press.