Princess Margarita of Baden

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Princess Margarita
Princess Margarita of Baden.jpg
Born(1932-07-14)14 July 1932
Schloss Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died15 January 2013(2013-01-15) (aged 80)
Farnham, Surrey, England
Spouse
Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia
(m. 1957; div. 1981)
IssuePrince Nikola
Princess Katarina
Full name
Margarete Alice Thyra Viktoria Marie Louise Scholastica
HouseZähringen
FatherBerthold, Margrave of Baden
MotherPrincess 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. She was the eldest niece of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[1]

Early life[edit]

Princess Margarita was born at Schloss Salem, Germany on 14 July 1932 and grew up there. She was the eldest child and only daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (1906-1969). 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. During this time, she was often seen with her cousins Princess Christina of Hesse and Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Princess Beatrix was briefly engaged to Princess Margarita's brother Prince Maximilian, and Princess Christina became Princess Margarita's future sister-in-law by marrying Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia. Also during this time, Princess Margarita attended the 1953 Coronation of her aunt. 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 the former King Peter II of Yugoslavia, in a civil ceremony in Salem[2] followed by Lutheran and Serbian Orthodox church services on June 6. She wore a "plain white corded silk dress with a V-neckline, long sleeves, and a full skirt, and an old family train" with an orange blossom garland. Her train was carried by her first cousins Princes Welf and George of Hanover. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (her maternal uncle) and King Simeon of Bulgaria were among the guests.[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.

Later years[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 living 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 Prince William and Catherine Middleton, William being the 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, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and her nephew Alexander, Crown Prince 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 Archived 2012-07-15 at Archive.today 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.