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
Died24 April 1981(1981-04-24) (aged 76)
Langenburg, Germany
SpouseGottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
IssueKraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Beatrix
Prince Georg Andreas
Prince Rupprecht
Prince Albrecht
HouseGlücksburg
FatherPrince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
MotherPrincess 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 Antoinette Julia Tatjana Felicitas of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 2 December 2003)
      • Princess Alexia Natalie Luise Tatjana Maresa 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]

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]

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]

Ancestors[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