Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark

Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark (10 August 1888 - 21 January 1940) was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg Royal House.

Greek Royalty
House of Oldenburg (Glücksburg branch)

George I
   Prince Constantine
   Prince George
   Princess Alexandra
   Prince Nicholas
   Princess Marie
   Prince Andrew
   Prince Christopher
   Prince Peter
   Prince Eugénie
   Princess Olga
   Princess Elizabeth
   Princess Marina
   Princess Margarita
   Princess Theodora
   Princess Cecilie
   Princess Sophie
   Prince Philip
   Prince Michael
Great Grandchildren
   Princess Alexandra
   Princess Olga
Constantine I
   Prince George
   Prince Alexander
   Princess Elena
   Prince Paul
   Princess Irene
   Princess Katherine
Alexander I
   Princess Alexandra
George II
Paul I
   Princess Sofia
   Prince Constantine
   Princess Irene
Constantine II
   Princess Alexia
   Prince Pavlos
   Prince Nikolaos
   Princess Theodora
   Prince Philippos
   Princess Maria
   Prince Constantine
   Prince Achileas
   Prince Odysseas

He was born at Pavlovsk, Imperial Russia; his parents were George I of Greece and Olga, Queen of Greece; he was the youngest of their eight children (twenty years younger than their oldest child, Constantine), and was called "Christo" by the family. His older brothers included Constantine, George, Nicholas and Andrew.

Christopher, like his siblings, was a polyglot, speaking Greek, English, Danish, Russian, French and Italian. The siblings spoke Greek to one another, and used English with their parents. The parents, however, spoke German to each other.

When Christopher came of age he joined the Hellenic Army, although apparently he would much rather have rather studied the piano. While a young man, he was apparently offered no less than three different thrones - those of Portugal, Lithuania, and Albania - but he declined them all, as he did not wish the stress of royal duties.

He was briefly engaged to Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife in about 1910. (Alexandra's mother, Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife, was a daughter of Alexandra of Denmark, an older sister of George I of Greece, his father.) The engagement was terminated when disapproving parents learned of the liaison.

On 1 January 1920, Christopher married a very wealthy widow, Nancy Stewart (formerly Mrs. Nancy Leeds), a citizen of the United States, at Vevey, Switzerland. His wife was granted the title "HRH Princess Anastasia of Greece" and her fortune greatly helped the Greek Royal Family during their exile in the 1920s. The wedding followed a six-year engagement while the legal details of marriage to a previously-married commoner were worked on. However, shortly after their marriage she developed cancer, and died in London on 29 August 1923, leaving no children from this marriage.

He later remarried; his second wife was Françoise de Guise, Princess of Orléans (25 December 1902 - 25th February, 1953). Françoise was a daughter of Jean d'Orléans, Duc de Guise and Isabelle d'Orléans. Isabelle was a daughter of Philippe, Comte de Paris and his wife and first cousin Marie Isabelle d'Orléans. They were married in 1929 in Palermo, Italy; the civil ceremony was on 10 February, and the religious one on 11 February. They had one child, Prince Michael of Greece, born in 1939, shortly before his father's death in Athens.


Styles of
Prince Christopher of Greece
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir

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