|Born|| 10 July 1965 |
Mon Repos, Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
|Spouse||Carlos Morales Quintana (m. 1999)|
| Arrietta Morales y de Grecia|
Ana María Morales y de Grecia
Carlos Morales y de Grecia
Amelia Morales y de Grecia
|Father||Constantine II of Greece|
|Mother||Anne-Marie of Denmark|
Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Αλεξία της Ελλάδας και Δανίας), born 10 July 1965, is the elder daughter and eldest child of former King Constantine II of Greece and former Queen Anna-Marie.
Princess Alexia was born on 10 July 1965 at a house called 'Mon Repos' in Corfu. This had been the 18th century home of the English Governors of Corfu and was owned by the Greek Royal Family. It was also the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1921.
Since her own birth and until the birth on 20 May 1967 of her brother Pavlos, Princess Alexia was heiress presumptive to the throne of Hellenes, then an extant monarchy. The succession law of Greece was not a Salic one, instead it was effectively similar with the ones of the United Kingdom and Spain.
Her early years were spent in Greece until her father, King Constantine, left with his wife, Queen Anne-Marie, for Rome after the Colonels' coup in December 1967.
She would visit her Grandmother, Queen Frederica (who lived just outside Rome) every Saturday while her other Grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, used to come and stay with the family. Princess Alexia always had a very close relationship with both of them.
In 1973, they left Rome for Denmark, and lived for a year in the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Two years later they moved to Cobham in Surrey, England.
Education and career Edit
Her education began in Rome while in exile. She and her brothers were taught in Greek by a private tutor, John Kanellopoulos. Eventually a few other children of Greeks living in Rome joined them in their lessons - which were held in a summerhouse in the gardens.
Like her brothers, Princess Alexia attended the Hellenic College in London, which her parents had founded in 1980. Her class was the last to receive the Greek Baccalaureate. Princess Alexia gained 2 British 'A' levels to add to her Greek qualifications. She then spent a year (1984-5) doing voluntary work at the London Hospital for Sick Children helping in the Play Centre at the Hospital.
She went to the Froebel College of the Roehampton Institute, a division of Surrey University, in 1985 and took a BA in History and Education in 1988. In 1989, she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and became a primary school teacher in the inner city area of Southwark in London between 1989 and 1992.
She attended the Catalan Foundation for Down's Syndrome where she took a Master's Degree in 'Early Childhood Intervention'.
In 1992, Princess Alexia took a year's sabbatical and went to Barcelona to attend the 1992 Olympics, where some of her friends won Gold Medals for sailing. She was then offered the opportunity to take part in a World Championship sailing contest in the 3/4 Ton Class in 1993 with an 'All Girl' crew.
In May 1999, a month before their wedding, she and her fiancée were involved in a bad sailing accident when their boat was hit in the stern by a larger boat -called the 'Alexia'! Out of a crew of thirteen, they were the only ones to be injured. She broke her collarbone and Carlos fractured his kneecap although they both fully recovered before the wedding.
Alexia and her family live in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, in a house designed by her husband.
Princess Alexia and Carlos Morales Quintana, an architect and a champion yachtsman, had met at a boat race in Spain in 1994. Carlos is the son of Luis Miguel Morales y Armas and María Teresa Quintana y González. The couple had announced their engagement on 20 March 1999.
On July 7th, there was a grand pre-wedding gala at Bridgewater House in London. Guests included the brides Danish, Spanish, and Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg royal cousins, as well as the Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, British, Serbian, Bulgarian royal families.
On 9 July 1999 Alexia and Carlos married at St. Sophia Cathedral, London. The wedding breakfast and reception afterwards was held at a country house, at Kenwood House.
Princess Alexia wore a gown made by Inge Sprawson (a favorite of her mother, Queen Anne-Marie) with Margaret of Connaught’s lace veil and the Khedive of Egypt Tiara. Carlos Morales Quintana wore Morning Dress.
Princess Alexia and Carlos Morales have four children:
- Arrietta Morales y de Grecia, born 24 February 2002 the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain.
- Ana María Morales y de Grecia, born 15 May 2003 the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain.
- Carlos Morales y de Grecia, born 30 July 2005 the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain.
- Amelia Morales y de Grecia, born 26 October 2007 the Centro Medico Teknon in Barcelona, Spain.
Alexia is godmother to:
- Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark (born 25 July 1996; her niece)
- Pablo Urdangarín y de Borbón (born 6 December 2000; her first cousin once removed)
- Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (born 16 August 2003; first cousin once removed)
- Princess Isabella of Denmark (born 21 April 2007; first cousin once removed)
- Emma Tallulah Behn (born 29 September 2008; daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway)
Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit
Titles and stylesEdit
- 10 July 1965 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
- Greek Royal Family: Knight Grand Cross Of The Order Of The Redeemer
- Greek Royal Family: Dame 1st Class Of The Order Of Saints Olga And Sophia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 HRH Princess Alexia. Royal House of Greece
- ↑ Twenty Years of Marriage for Princess Alexia of Greece and Carlos Morales Quintana. Eurohistory
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wedding of Princess Alexia of Greece. The Royal Watcher
- ↑ Wedding Wednesday: Princess Alexia's Gown
- ↑ Birth of Arietta. Royal House of Greece
- ↑ Birth of Anna-Maria. Royal House of Greece
- ↑ Birth of Carlos Morales de Grecia. Royal House of Greece
- ↑ The birth of Amelia. Royal House of Greece
- ↑ Royal Profile: Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark