|Crown Prince of Greece|
Prince of Denmark
|Born||20 May 1967 (age 54) |
Tatoi Palace, Tatoi, Greece
|Spouse||Marie-Chantal Miller (m. 1995)|
Prince Constantine Alexios
|Father||Constantine II of Greece|
|Mother||Anne-Marie of Denmark|
Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece (Greek: Παύλος; born 20 May 1967) is the eldest son and second child of Constantine II, the last King of Greece from 1964 to 1973 and his wife, Anne-Marie of Denmark. Pavlos was heir apparent to the throne of Greece and was its crown prince from birth, remaining so during his father's reign until the monarchy's abolition. As a male-line descendant of Christian IX of Denmark, he is also a Danish prince.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Crown Prince Pavlos was born on 20 May 1967 in Athens, King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, by birth a Princess of Denmark. His mother is the youngest sister of Margrethe II of Denmark and his father is a brother of Queen Sofía of Spain. His maternal grandparents were Frederick IX of Denmark and Princess Ingrid of Sweden.
By Greek tradition, he was named for his paternal grandfather, King Paul (Pavlos) of the Hellenes. He has four siblings: one older sister, Princess Alexia (b. 1965) two younger brothers, Prince Nikolaos (b. 1969) and Prince Philippos (b. 1986), and ine younger sister, Princess Theodora (b. 1983).
He displaced his older sister, Alexia, born in 1965, as heir to the throne, Greece's order of successionadhering to male-preference primogeniture.
Crown Prince Pavlos was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, with Charles, Prince of Wales (King Constantine’s second cousin), as one of his godparents.
Military coup of 1967[edit | edit source]
Crown Prince Pavlos was born into a turbulent era in Greek politics. His father, King Constantine II, had acceded to the throne on 6 March 1964, at the age of 23, following the death of his father, King Paul. His mother, the 20 year-old Queen Anne-Marie, gave birth to Pavlos barely a month after the coup d'état which ended democratic rule in Greece over the King's objections on 21 April 1967, ushering in the "Regime of the Colonels", led by Georgios Papadopoulos. In December of that year, King Constantine attempted a counter-coup, but could not rally sufficient military support. Pursued by supporters of the junta, the King fled with his wife, children, mother and sister to Rome. Crown Prince Pavlos' younger brother Prince Nikolaos, was born in Rome in 1969.
From Rome they went to Copenhagen, and lived with Queen Anne-Marie's mother, Queen Ingrid.
Abolition of the monarchy[edit | edit source]
During the years 1964–1973, Greece remained officially a monarchy, with a regency appointed in the absence of the king. Beginning in 1973, when Prince Pavlos was six years old, a series of rapid changes occurred in the government of Greece. On 1 June 1973, Constantine II was declared deposed and Georgios Papadopoulos was self-appointed President of Greece. On 29 July 1973, the Greek plebiscite, 1973 was held to confirm the change.
On 17 November 1974, the Greek legislative election, 1974 were held, resulting in a victory for Karamanlis and his New Democratic (ND) party. On 8 December 1974, the Greek plebiscite, 1974. As in the one of the previous year, the outcome was in favour of a republican constitution (69%), over restoration of the monarchy (31%).
King Constantine accepted that his reign was at an end. He and Queen Anne Marie had been settled with their family in London for some time. Crown Prince Pavlos' youngest siblings were born in London, Princess Theodora in 1983, and Prince Philippos in 1986.
Education and career[edit | edit source]
Crown Prince Pavlos was educated in London at the Hellenic College of London, founded by his parents. He attended the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West, Montezuma, New Mexico, USA, from 1984 to 1986. Then he trained as a British army officer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst before he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1987 on a three-year short service commission. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 1989, and relinquished his commission in April 1990. He attended Georgetown University, Washington DC, graduating in 1993 in International Relations, Law and Organization. In 1995, he completed a Master of Science in Foreign Service, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, at Georgetown, where he was roommates with his cousin, Felipe VI of Spain, then the Prince of Asturias.
Pavlos is fluent in Greek, German, English, Italian, French and Spanish.
As an adult he has lived in New York City and London, working as an investment consultant. He is an experienced bluewater yachtsman and crews on the multi-record-breaking monohull Mari-Cha IV owned by businessman and father-in-law, Robert W. Miller.
Business Interests[edit | edit source]
- 1997 - Co-founded Griphon Asset Management, an alternative investment group
- 1998 - Co-founded Ivory Capital Group LLC and Ivory Fund Investors LLC, private investment groups focused on value-oriented equities
- 2002 - Co-founded Ortelius Capital Partners LLC, an alternative asset management group specializing in hedge funds
- 2003 - Co-founded Brigantine, a value based equity fund
He is also on the board of the Anna-Maria Foundation and United World College, USA.
Marriage and issue[edit | edit source]
Crown Prince Pavlos married American heiress Marie-Chantal Miller (now styled as Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark) on 1 July 1995. The couple met at a party three years earlier in New Orleans. The Greek Orthodox rite wedding at St Sophia's Cathedral, London drew a rare modern panoply of royalty, but the ceremony proved to be legally invalid and had eventually to be repeated civilly (not normally required in the UK) in Chelsea because of an obscure law requiring that marriages in England be conducted in English.
After their marriage, the couple took up residence in Greenwich, Connecticut, the job that Pavlos obtained with the Charles R. Weber ship-broking company being headquartered there. Later, he went to work at a New York City firm as an investment portfolio manager, before relocation to London for their children's education in 2004.
Their children are:
- 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 Odysseas-Kimon, born 17 September 2004 in London.
- Prince Aristidis-Stavros, born 29 June 2008 in Los Angeles.
Titles, styles, honors and arms[edit | edit source]
Titles and styles[edit | edit source]
Crown Prince Pavlos has used the following titles and styles:
- His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark, Duke of Sparta (1967–1973)
- His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark (pretended; 1973–present)
- His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark (used outside of Greece; 1973–present)
- Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross Of The Royal Order Of The Redeemer
- Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross With Collar Of The Order Of Saints George And Constantine
- Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross Of The Order George 1
- Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross Of Order Of The Phoenix
- Denmark Royal Family: Knight Of The Order Of The Elephant
- Pavlos zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (commoner name; 1973–present)