Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark

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Princess Margarita
Princess consort of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Born (1905-04-18)18 April 1905
Old Royal Palace, Athens, Greece
Died 24 April 1981(1981-04-24) (aged 76)
Langenburg, West Germany
Spouse Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Issue Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Beatrix
Prince Georg Andreas
Prince Rupprecht
Prince Albrecht
House Glücksburg
Father Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Mother Princess Alice of Battenberg

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Μαργαρίτα της Ελλάδας και Δανίας; 18 April 1905 – 24 April 1981) was the eldest child and daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.[1] She was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, and the eldest sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Biography[edit]

Princess Margarita with her mother Princess Alice and sister Princess Theodora, c. 1912.

Princess Margarita was born on 18 April 1905 at the Royal Palace in Athens.[2] She was the sister of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, the consort of Elizabeth II.[1] She also had three sisters: Theodora, Margravine of Baden; Cecilie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine; and Sophie, later Princess George of Hanover.

Marriage and children[edit]

Margarita married Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on 20 April 1931 in Langenburg, Germany.[1] Gottfried was a son of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her second son, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his wife, Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, a daughter of Alexander II of Russia. In descent from Queen Victoria, Prince Gottfried was a second cousin once removed of Princess Margarita and in descent from Nicholas I, they were third cousins.

Gottfried succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on 11 December 1950.

Six children were born of their marriage, all of whom were styled as His/Her Serene Highness:[1]

  • Stillborn daughter (born and died 3 December 1933)
  • Prince Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich (25 June 1935 – 16 March 2004); succeeded his father as Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (10 June 1936 – 15 November 1997)
  • Prince Georg Andreas Heinrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 24 November 1938) married Luise, Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg on 9 September 1968. They have two daughters:
    • Princess Katharina Clementine Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 21 November 1972) married Prince Nikolaus of Waldeck and Pyrmont on 29 September 2002. They have two daughters:
      • Princess Laetitia of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 2 December 2003)
      • Princess Alexia of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 20 June 2006)
    • Princess Tatiana Luise of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 10 February 1975) married Hubertus Stephan on 10 September 2010. They have two sons:
      • Carl Stephan (born 22 January 2012)
      • Wolf Thomas Dres Stephan (born 5 October 2013)
  • Prince Rupprecht Sigismund Philipp Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 – 8 April 1978)
  • Prince Albrecht Wolfgang Christoph of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (7 April 1944 – 23 April 1992) married Maria-Hildegard Fischer on 23 January 1976. They have one son:
    • Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (21 April 1976)

Their four elder children were all born at Schwäbisch Hall, while the two youngest boys, twins, were born in Langenburg.[1]

Name Birth Death Marriage Their children
Date Spouse
Stillborn daughter 3 December 1933
Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 25 June 1935 16 March 2004 5 June 1965
Divorced 26 May 1990
Princess Charlotte of Croÿ Princess Cecilie of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Philipp, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
22 May 1992 Irma Pospesch
Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 10 June 1936 15 November 1997
Prince Georg of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 24 November 1938 9 September 1968 Luise, Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg Princess Katharina of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Tatiana of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Prince Rupprecht of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 7 April 1944 8 April 1978
Prince Albrecht of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 7 April 1944 23 April 1992 23 January 1976 Maria-Hildegard Fischer Prince Ludwig of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Death[edit]

Princess Margarita died on 24 April 1981 in Langenburg, Germany.[1] She survived her husband by 21 years.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms[edit]

Styles of
Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles[edit]

  • 18 April 1905 – 20 April 1931: Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark
  • 20 April 1931 – 11 December 1950: Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita, Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess of Greece and Denmark
  • 11 December 1950 – 11 May 1960: Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  • 11 May 1960 – 24 April 1981: Her Royal Highness Princess Margarita, Dowager Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser XIII. "Haus Griechenland". C.A. Starke Verlag, 1987, pp. 38, 203–204.
  2. ^ Vickers, Hugo. Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece. St. Martin's Griffin, 2003, p. 73.
  3. ^ a b c Princess Margarita wearing Orders and Decorations
  4. ^ https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/24/Royal_Family_Coronation_1952.jpg