Just Who Was Princess Margarita Of Greece And Denmark?

Royal history is one of the most interesting, yet highly underrated subjects one could ever wish to study.

With tales of betrayal, infidelity, beheadings, treason, conflict, struggles for power, arranged marriages, wars, and much more besides, it’s easy to see why the history of our royals has inspired so many fantastic fictional works over the years.

Some members of the monarchy are of course better known than others, yet it is often the ones of which we know so little, that wind up becoming the most interesting to learn about. Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark most certainly fits that bill.

But who was she? Well, that’s what we’re going to learn about right now.

Who Was Princess Margarita Of Greece And Denmark?

Margarita was the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenburg. She was also the very first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. She had four younger siblings.

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Princesses Margarita and Theodora of Greece | Image: Bain News Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

For a time, she was linked to a Nazi Regime, was the sister-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, and was Princess by the marriage of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark was a happy child, though she would have a pretty traumatic and stressful upbringing, which we’ll be covering in more detail below.

Early Life

Born on the 18th of April, 1905 at the Royal Palace in Athens, Margarita was the eldest child of Prince Andrew of Athens and Greece and Princess Alice of Battenburg.

From a young age, her childhood was marred by instability and political unrest in the Kingdom of Greece, which began early in the twentieth century.

Margarita (in the middle of the cart) surrounded by Maria of Russia (on the left), Anastasia of Russia (on the stairs), Theodora of Greece, Alexei of Russia, Louis of Hesse (in front), Olga of Russia (behind), Georg of Hesse and Louis of Battenberg (right), in 1909. Image: Probably a member of the family, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Her parents, fed up with constant scrutiny, began travelling and sought refuge in other countries. Accompanied by their children, Andrew and Alice would live in Malta, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

Eventually, when things got too heated, Andrew and Alice sought permanent refuge in the UK, Hesse, and France for many years, until they eventually left a life of exile and returned to Greece.

Marriage, Growing Up, And Nazis

In 1930 – 1931, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark and her sisters were all married. Despite being the eldest, Margarita actually wed third, marrying Gottfried Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who, half-removed, was her second cousin.

They were wed in 1931 in Germany and had five children together.

In May 1937, Margarita and her husband joined the Nazi Party, which was, of course, controversial to say the very least. When WW2 broke out, this deeply affected Margarita’s life, where her whole family was divided by conflict. Her husband and brothers-in-law fought for the German ranks, whereby her brother Phillip fought for the British Army against Germany.

Despite being close with her brother Phillip, she was not invited to his wedding due largely to the fact that there was such a strong anti-German sentiment after the war.

Princess Margarita and Prince Gottfried | Image: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

She was named as a godparent for Phillip’s daughter, Princess Anne and in 1953, she attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Later Years

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark was widowed in 1960 and lived a quiet life in Langenburg, Germany, where she would spend time with her children and grandchildren. She would also visit the UK and spend time with her brother Phillip and his family. In 1981, on the 24th of April, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark passed away aged 76. She was buried beside her husband in the family cemetery.

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The Hohenlohe-Langenburg family mausoleum, not far from which is Margarita’s tomb. | Image: Matthias Süßen, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en, via Wikimedia Commons.

Feature Image: Painting by Philip de László, circa 1928, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.