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Prince Michael
Spouse Marina Karella
Princess Alexandra
Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia
House House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl√ľcksburg
Father Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark
Mother Princess Françoise of Orléans
Born 7 January 1939 (1939-01-07) (age 71)
Rome, Italy
Greek Royal Family
Coat of Arms of the Royal Family of Greece

Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (born 7 January 1939) is the author of several historical novels and biographies, as well as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest



Birth and family

He was born in Rome to Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark and his second wife, Princess Françoise of Orléans; his father died when he was a year old.

His paternal grandparents were George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia. His maternal grandparents were Jean d'Orléans, duc de Guise and his wife Princess Isabelle d'Orléans.

Education and military service

Michael studied the political sciences in Paris. He then served a term in the Hellenic Army, discharged with the rank of Third Lieutenant .

Marriage and children

He married the artist Marina Karella (b. 17 July 1940) on 7 February 1965, at the Royal Palace in Athens. Her parents were Theodore Karellas and Ellie Chalikiopoulos. This was a morganatic marriage, which resulted in Prince Michael renouncing any rights to the throne of Greece on behalf of himself and his future descendants; this renunciation occurred prior to the marriage, after which the marriage was approved by King Constantine II


"Because of constitutional restrictions", said an article about the marriage in The New York Times, "the bride will not acquire the title of princess. She will be known as Marina, consort of Prince Michael of Greece." The article further stated that the bride was a granddaughter of a textile mill owner, whose investments raised the family to great wealth and social acceptance.[1]

For his future descendants the use of the title, "Prince or Princess of Greece" by issue of the marriage was recognized by the king, but they do not bear the style of Royal Highness and the title Prince or Princess of Denmark, traditionally accorded to members of the Greek royal family.[2]

The couple has two daughters:



Titles, styles, honours and arms

Styles of
Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
Greek Prince Arms.svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles

  • 7 January 1939 ‚Äď present: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark


  1. ^ "Prince Michael Weds Commoner", The New York Times, 8 February 1965, page 3.
  2. ^ Willis, Daniel (1999). The Descendants of Louis XIII. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co.. pp. 94, 762. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5. 
Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 7 January 1939
British royalty
Preceded by
Christina Oxenberg
Line of succession to the British Throne Succeeded by
Princess Alexandra of Greece


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