Prince of Greece and Denmark

Born 1 October 1969 (age 50)
Rome, Italy
Spouse Tatiana Blatnik (m. 2010)
House Glücksburg
Father Constantine II of Greece
Mother Anne-Marie of Denmark
Religion Greek Orthodox
Greek Royal Family
Royal Coat of Arms of Greece.svg

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Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (born 1 October 1969) is the second son and third child of King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. He is currently seventh in the line of succession to the defunct Greek throne.

Early life Edit

He was born in Rome, Italy, due to the coup which ousted the monarchy from Greece and caused the royal family to flee to Italy in December 1967. His father was deposed in 1973 and the monarchy was officially abolished in 1974.

Prince Nikolaos has an older sister Princess Alexia, an older brother Crown Prince Pavlos, a younger sister Princess Theodora and a younger brother, Prince Philippos.

He was baptised in the Greek Orthodox Church in Rome.[1] His godparents were Princess Sofía of Spain (his elder paternal aunt), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (his younger paternal aunt), Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (his paternal second cousin), Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (his paternal second cousin).[2]

Education and careerEdit

For the first six years after relocating to London in 1974 he was home-educated. Like his brothers and sisters, he then attended the Hellenic College of London, founded by his parents in 1980.[3]

In 1988 he began his studies in International Relations at Brown University in the U.S.A., focusing on Diplomacy and National Security. During his sophomore year, he took time off to join the British Army on a Short Service Limited Commission, serving as 2nd Lieutenant of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.[3] In 1993, he graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in International Relations.

Upon his graduation, Prince Nikolaos moved into TV production for Fox News in New York, gaining experience in writing, original shooting, graphics and editing. He returned to London in 1995 to work in the foreign exchange options department of NatWest Markets. From 1997 to 2003 he worked in King Constantine's Family Office. Since then he has been active in consulting.[3]

Prince Nikolaos sits on the Board of Knightsbridge Schools International, established in 2008 to develop and operate a network of international schools around the world. He is an active member of Symplefsi, a Greek non-profit volunteer organization supporting local communities on remote islands.[3] He is also a member of board of the Anna-Maria Foundation, designed to help victims of natural disasters like floods and earthquakes in Greece.

Photography Edit

An avid photographer for all his life, Prince Nikolaos has passionately dedicated himself to photography since 2013.[3] He prints his works on a number of materials, including Giclee Fine Art Paper; Fine Art Sublimation print on HD aluminium panel; and has pioneered a technique of printing on marble.[4]

In November 2015 he exhibited his work for the first time at Christie’s in London, UK. In March 2016 his photography was featured at The New York Times “Art for Tomorrow” Conference in Doha, Qatar.[3] A selection of his photographs were also featured in the book “A Taste of Greece”, published by teNeues.[4]

In June 2018, Prince Nikolaos had his first solo museum exhibition at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne.[4] In March 2019, he exhibited 38 celestial moments in the Round Tower’s Library Hall in Denmark with the title “Celestial Coreography”. The works, which have been called “Jewels from Greece”, are revolving around a number of themes, including images printed with a special technique on plates of Greek marble.[5]

Prince Nikolaos was recently selected, according to the recommendations of Philippe Starck Studio, along with 6 other photographers, to exhibit their photographs in Spain, at La Almazara.[4]

Personal life Edit

Slip Inn Edit

Prince Nikolaos was one of a group of European royals at the Slip Inn in Sydney, Australia, during the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was there with his cousins the Crown Prince of Denmark, Prince Joachim of Denmark, and Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. It was at the Slip Inn that Frederik met his future wife Mary Donaldson.

Engagement Edit

Prince Nikolaos's engagement to Tatiana Blatnik, with whom he has been in a long term relationship, was announced on 28 December 2009, by the office of King Constantine in London.[6]

Until July 2010, when she resigned to concentrate on her wedding plans, Blatnik had worked in the publicity department as an event planner for fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg.[7]

Marriage Edit

Main article: Wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik

The couple married in Spetses, Greece on 25 August 2010. The marriage was widely reported in the Greek media. The entire Danish Royal Family, with the exception of Crown Prince Frederik, traveled to attend the marriage along with others. Other foreign royals were also at the wedding.

Godchildren Edit

Prince Nikolaos is godfather to his nephews, Prince Constantine Alexios, son of his brother Pavlos and Carlos Morales y de Grecia, son of his sister Alexia.[8]

Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 1 October 1969 – Present: His Royal Highness Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark

Honours Edit

  • House of Glücksburg-Greece: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Redeemer[9]
  • House of Glücksburg-Greece: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Saints George and Constantine
  • House of Glücksburg-Greece: Knight Officer of the Royal Order of George I
  • House of Glücksburg-Greece: Knight Officer of Royal Order of the Phoenix
  • Denmark: Recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal of Queen Margrethe II[10]

Extermal links Edit

References Edit

  1. Baptism of Prince Nikolaos in Rome (1969) Instagram
  2. Royal family of Greece on the day of the baptism of Nicholas, son of Constantine II and the Danish princess Anne Marie
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 HRH Prince Nikolaos. Royal House of Greece
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 About Prince Nikolaos. Official site
  5. Celestial Coreography. Rundetaarn
  6. HRH Prince Nikolaos' engagement announcement. Royal House of Greece
  7. Nikolaos and his princess seal their traditional Greek nuptials with a kiss. Hello Magazine
  8. HRH Princess Alexia and Mr. Carlos Morales Quintana, christen their son Carlos, in Lanzarote, Spain. Royal House of Greece
  9. Photo
  10. Photo
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