Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Μαργαρίτα; 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.

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.

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 of Russia, 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]

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

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


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