Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark

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Πριγκίπισσα Μαρία της Ελλάδας και Δανίας,
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Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark (Greek: Πριγκίπισσα Μαρία της Ελλάδας και Δανίας) (3 March 1876 – 14 December 1940) was the fifth child and second daughter of King George I of Greece and Olga Constantinovna of Russia, and thus a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. She was later the king's only surviving daughter after the death of her older sister Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia in 1891.

Early life

She was born in Athens as a younger sister to King Constantine I of Greece, Prince George of Greece and Denmark, Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark and Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark. Maria (sometimes Marie) was an elder sister of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (father of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) and Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark as well as the short-lived Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. Her family called her "Minnie", like her paternal aunt, Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia. She and her aunt Minnie's eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, were very close; the cousins later married brothers, two Romanov Grand Dukes, and stayed together on many occasions.


On 30 April 1900, Maria was married in Corfu to Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, a maternal cousin. He had chased after Maria, who was nicknamed "Greek Minnie" to tell her apart from the elder "Minnie" (the Dowager Empress Maria of Russia). She refused to marry unless her place in the line of succession to the Greek and Danish thrones was secured, and made it clear that she was not in love with the Grand Duke when she married him, but George hoped that her feelings would grow in time. The couple had two daughters: Nina, born 7 June 1901; and Xenia, born 9 August 1903. As they grew older, Maria seized the opportunity to spend more time abroad, ostensibly for her daughters' health, but also to spend more time away from her husband. She was in Great Britain when World War I broke out and chose not return to Russia, living in Harrogate where she was patron of three military hospitals, funding them generously and nursing patients herself.

She became a widow on 30 January 1919, when her husband was murdered by the Bolsheviks. On 16 December 1922, Maria was remarried to Admiral Pericles Ioannides in Wiesbaden. Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna died in her native Athens during the Greco-Italian War (28 October 1940 – 30 April 1941).

Her daughter Xenia lived for years in Long Island and was for a time married to millionaire William Leeds, son of Nancy Stewart Worthington Leeds. She took in for a few months a woman later found to be an impostor, Anna Anderson. Anderson fraudulently claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, the youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II, and was forced to leave Xenia's house at the demand of William Leeds. Grand Duchess George never recognised Anderson.


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1George IGeorge IFather24.12.184518.03.1913
        2Olga  Constantinovna of RussiaOlga Constantinovna of RussiaMother03.09.185118.06.1926
        3Princess Xenia  Georgievna of RussiaPrincess Xenia Georgievna of RussiaDaughter22.08.190317.09.1965
        4Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaDaughter20.06.190127.02.1974
        5Constantine I of GreeceConstantine I of GreeceBrother02.08.186811.01.1923
        6Prince Christopher  of Greece and DenmarkPrince Christopher of Greece and DenmarkBrother10.08.188821.01.1940
        7Prince Nicholas of  Greece and DenmarkPrince Nicholas of Greece and DenmarkBrother22.01.187208.02.1938
        8Prince Andrew of  Greece and DenmarkPrince Andrew of Greece and DenmarkBrother02.02.188203.12.1944
        9Alexandra  GeorgievnaAlexandra GeorgievnaSister30.08.187024.09.1891
        10Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичHusband23.08.186330.01.1919
        11Николай КонстантиновичНиколай КонстантиновичUncle14.02.185027.01.1918
        12Alexander IIAlexander IIUncle29.04.181813.03.1881
        13Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичUncle10.08.185802.06.1915
        14Дмитрий Константинович РомановДмитрий Константинович РомановUncle01.06.186030.01.1919
        15Николай СтаршийНиколай СтаршийUncle27.07.183113.04.1891
        16Olga  NikolaevnaOlga NikolaevnaAunt11.09.182230.10.1892
        17Grand Duchess Maria  Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of RussiaAunt18.08.181921.02.1876
        18Кирилл ВладимировичКирилл ВладимировичNephew12.10.187612.10.1938
        19Князь Роман ПетровичКнязь Роман ПетровичNephew17.10.189623.10.1978
        20Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsNephew19.05.186817.07.1918
        21Dmitri  PavlovichDmitri PavlovichNephew06.09.189105.03.1942
        22Andrei  VladimirovichAndrei VladimirovichNephew02.05.187930.10.1956
        23Boris  Wladimirowitsch RomanowBoris Wladimirowitsch RomanowNephew24.11.187709.11.1943
        24Всеволод  РомановВсеволод РомановNephew20.01.191418.06.1973
        25Prince PhilipPrince PhilipNephew10.06.192109.04.2021
        26Edward  VIIIEdward VIIINephew23.06.189428.05.1972
        27Georg von MerenbergGeorg von MerenbergNephew16.10.189711.01.1965
        28Дарья  БогарнэДарья БогарнэNephew07.03.187005.11.1937
        29Георг IIГеорг IINephew19.07.189001.04.1947
        30Mikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovMikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovNephew04.12.187813.06.1918
        31Vladimir  PaleyVladimir PaleyNephew09.01.189718.07.1918
        32Кирилл  АндросовКирилл АндросовNephew05.12.191507.02.1992
        33Marie of RomaniaMarie of RomaniaNiece29.10.187518.07.1938
        34Princess Marina  of Greece and DenmarkPrincess Marina of Greece and DenmarkNiece13.12.190627.08.1968
        35Natālija AndrosovaNatālija AndrosovaNiece23.02.191725.07.1999
        36Princess Elizabeth of  Greece and DenmarkPrincess Elizabeth of Greece and DenmarkNiece24.05.190411.01.1955
        37Ольга  РомановаОльга РомановаNiece13.06.188224.11.1960
        38Natalia PaleyNatalia PaleyNiece05.12.190527.12.1981
        39Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаNiece06.04.187520.04.1960
        40Grand Duchess Maria PavlovnaGrand Duchess Maria PavlovnaNiece18.04.189013.12.1958
        41Helen of Greece and DenmarkHelen of Greece and DenmarkNiece02.05.189628.11.1982
        42Princess Catherine IvanovnaPrincess Catherine IvanovnaNiece25.07.191513.03.2007
        43Марина  РомановаМарина РомановаNiece11.03.189215.05.1981
        44Princess IrenePrincess IreneNiece13.02.190415.04.1974
        45Надежда  РомановаНадежда РомановаNiece15.03.189821.04.1988
        46Михаил НиколаевичМихаил НиколаевичFather in-law25.10.183218.12.1909
        47Olga  FeodorovnaOlga FeodorovnaMother in-law20.09.183912.04.1891
        48Grand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaGrand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaSister in-law17.03.188213.03.1957
        49Princess Anastasia of  Greece and DenmarkPrincess Anastasia of Greece and DenmarkSister in-law20.01.187829.08.1923
        50Princess Françoise  of OrléansPrincess Françoise of OrléansSister in-law25.12.190225.02.1953
        51Alice von BattenbergAlice von BattenbergSister in-law25.02.188505.12.1969
        52Sophia of PrussiaSophia of PrussiaSister in-law14.06.187013.01.1932
        53Анастасия МихайловнаАнастасия МихайловнаSister in-law28.07.186011.03.1922
        54Алексей МихайловичАлексей МихайловичBrother in-law28.12.187502.03.1895
        55Михаил Михайлович, Великий князьМихаил Михайлович, Великий князьBrother in-law16.10.186126.04.1929
        56Grand Duke Alexander MikhailovichGrand Duke Alexander MikhailovichBrother in-law13.04.186626.02.1933
        57Великий князь Сергей МихайловичВеликий князь Сергей МихайловичBrother in-law07.10.186918.07.1918
        58Nicholas  MikhailovichNicholas MikhailovichBrother in-law14.04.185930.01.1919
        59Sophia of  PrussiaSophia of PrussiaBrother in-law14.06.187013.01.1932
        60Konstantin NikolayevichKonstantin NikolayevichGrandfather21.09.182725.01.1892
        61Александра ИосифовнаАлександра ИосифовнаGrandmother08.07.183006.07.1911
        62Prince Nikita  Nikitich RomanovPrince Nikita Nikitich RomanovGrandson13.05.192303.05.2007
        63Charles FrederickCharles FrederickGreat grandfather02.02.178308.07.1853
        64Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of RussiaGreat grandfather06.07.179618.02.1855
        65Георгий Петрович ОльденбургскийГеоргий Петрович ОльденбургскийGreat grandfather00.00.178400.00.1812
        66Михаил ПавловичМихаил ПавловичGreat grandfather08.02.179828.08.1849
        67Louis Württemberg, DukeLouis Württemberg, DukeGreat grandfather30.08.175620.09.1817
        68Paul IPaul IGreat grandfather01.10.175423.03.1801
        69Maria  PavlovnaMaria PavlovnaGreat grandmother04.02.178611.06.1859
        70Екатерина ПавловнаЕкатерина ПавловнаGreat grandmother10.05.178809.01.1819
        71Елена ПавловнаЕлена ПавловнаGreat grandmother28.12.180621.01.1873
        72Henriette  Nassau-Weilburg, PrincessHenriette Nassau-Weilburg, PrincessGreat grandmother22.04.178002.01.1857
        73Александра ФёдоровнаАлександра ФёдоровнаGreat grandmother13.07.179801.11.1860
        74Maria FeodorovnaMaria FeodorovnaGreat grandmother14.10.175924.10.1828
        Фёдор (Теодор) РомановGreat grandson30.11.197427.08.2007
        76Великий князь Пётр НиколаевичВеликий князь Пётр НиколаевичCousin10.01.186417.06.1931
        77Igor  ConstantinovichIgor ConstantinovichCousin29.05.189418.07.1918
        78Georgy  KonstantinovichGeorgy KonstantinovichCousin23.04.190307.11.1938
        79Paul  AlexandrovichPaul AlexandrovichCousin03.10.186030.01.1919
        80Alexander IIIAlexander IIICousin10.03.184501.11.1894
        81Grand Duke Nicholas  Nikolaevich of RussiaGrand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of RussiaCousin18.11.185605.01.1929
        82Сергей  РомановСергей РомановCousin11.05.185717.02.1905
        83Сергей АлександровичСергей АлександровичCousin11.05.185717.02.1905
        84Prince Ioann  Konstantinovich of RussiaPrince Ioann Konstantinovich of RussiaCousin05.07.188618.07.1918
        85князь Георгий Максимилианович Романовскийкнязь Георгий Максимилианович РомановскийCousin29.02.185203.05.1912
        86Gabriel RomanovGabriel RomanovCousin15.07.188728.02.1955
        87Вера КонстантиновнаВера КонстантиновнаCousin24.04.190611.01.2001
        88Oleg  KonstantinovichOleg KonstantinovichCousin15.11.189229.09.1914
        89Maria AlexandrovnaMaria AlexandrovnaCousin17.10.185324.10.1920
        90Владимир АлександровичВладимир АлександровичCousin10.04.184704.02.1909
        91Александр ИскандерАлександр ИскандерCousin15.11.188726.01.1957

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