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Marie-Chantal
Crown Princess of Greece
Princess of Denmark

Full name
Marie-Chantal Claire
Born 17 September 1968 (1968-09-17) (age 51)
London, England
Spouse Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
(m. 1995)
Issue
Princess Maria-Olympia
Prince Constantine Alexios
Prince Achileas-Andreas
Prince Odysseas-Kimon
Prince Aristidis-Stavros
House Glücksburg (by marriage)
Father Robert Warren Miller
Mother María Clara Pesantes Becerra
Religion Greek Orthodox
prev. Roman Catholic
Greek Royal Family
Royal Coat of Arms of Greece.svg

HM The King
HM The Queen


HM The Queen of Spain
HRH Princess Irene


HRH Prince Michael
Marina, consort of Prince Michael

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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 backgroundEdit

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.[1]

She was baptized in the Catholic Church at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City by Cardinal John O'Connor, Archbishop of New York with Princess Donatella Missikoff Flick as her godmother.[2]

Education Edit

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

Marie-Chantal designs her own range of luxury children's clothing and accessories for the self-titled company she founded in 2000.[3] 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

Main article: Wedding of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, and Marie-Chantal Miller

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

ChildrenEdit

Marie-Chantal and her husband have five children:

Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

Dual Cypher of Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece.svg

Monogram

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 17 September 1968 – 22 May 1995: Miss Marie-Chantal Miller
  • 22 May 1995 – present: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark

HonoursEdit

  • Greek Royal Family : Dame Grand Cross Of The Order Of Saints Olga And Sophia

References Edit

  1. HRH Crown Princess Pavlos. Royal House of Greece
  2. A Royal Family Affair. Vanity Fair
  3. Designer Kids Clothes from Marie-Chantal Children
  4. Crown jewels: The fabulous rings which sealed the love of Europe's royal couples. HELLO! magazine
  5. Royal weddings in history. Vogue
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