|Crown Princess of Greece|
Princess of Denmark
|Born||17 September 1968 |
|Spouse||Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece |
Prince Constantine Alexios
|House||Glücksburg (by marriage)|
|Father||Robert Warren Miller|
|Mother||María Clara Pesantes Becerra|
prev. Roman Catholic
Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece (Marie-Chantal Claire; née Miller; born 17 September 1968) is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, son of Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Her husband is the heir apparent to the defunct throne of Greece, as the monarchy was abolished in 1973. She is a Danish princess by marriage, as her husband is a male-line descendant of Christian IX of Denmark.
Early life and background[edit | edit source]
Marie-Chantal was born in London, England, to María Clara "Chantal" (née Pesantes Becerra), an Ecuadorian, and Robert Warren Miller, an American. She has an older sister, Pia Christina, ex-wife of Christopher Getty, and a younger sister, Alexandra-Natasha, ex-wife of Prince Alexander von Fürstenberg.
Education[edit | edit source]
Marie-Chantal was raised in Hong Kong where she attended The Peak School until she was 9 years-old when she went to board at Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. In 1982 she transferred to the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris until her senior year which she took at The Masters School in New York which was then girls only. After graduating she attended the Academy of Arts for one year. She began a degree in History of Art at New York University in 1993 but dropped out a year later after Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, proposed to her on a skiing holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland, at Christmas.
Career[edit | edit source]
Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000. She has also written and illustrated "The Frog Prince", the first in a planned series of fairy-tales.
Marie-Chantal serves on the board of the School of American Ballet and the Animal Medical Centre. She is also a co-founder of Venetian Heritage and the co-chair of World in Harmony. She is also a trustee of the Royal Academy Trust and a board director of DFS Group Ltd.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
In 1995, Marie-Chantal became engaged to Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, son of the deposed King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie. Her engagement ring was a cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond ring. She converted from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodoxy on 22 May 1995 in a private Chrismation (confirmation) ceremony held at St Paul's Chapel in New York.
The wedding was planned by Lady Elizabeth Anson and Robert Isabell. Marie-Chantal wore a Valentino dress. The ceremony was held on 1 July 1995 at St Sophia's Cathedral in London. Attendees included many European royals and ten members of the Greek political party New Democracy (Greece). The wedding was televised live in Greece leading to a rise in public support for the restoration of the monarchy in the country.
Children[edit | edit source]
Marie-Chantal and her husband have five children:
- Princess Maria-Olympia, born 25 July 1996 in New York City.
- Prince Constantine Alexios, born 29 October 1998 in New York City.
- Prince Achileas-Andreas, born 12 August 2000 in New York City.
- Prince Odysseus-Kimon, born 17 September 2004 in London.
- Prince Aristidis-Stavros, born 29 June 2008 in Los Angeles.
Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit | edit source]
Titles and styles[edit | edit source]
- 17 September 1968 – 22 May 1995: Miss Marie-Chantal Miller
- 22 May 1995 – present: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark
Honours[edit | edit source]
- Greek Royal Family : Dame Grand Cross Of The Order Of Saints Olga And Sophia
References[edit | edit source]
- HRH Crown Princess Pavlos. Royal House of Greece
- A Royal Family Affair. Vanity Fair
- Designer Kids Clothes from Marie-Chantal Children
- Crown jewels: The fabulous rings which sealed the love of Europe's royal couples. HELLO! magazine
- Royal weddings in history. Vogue