Friday, March 7, 2014
Remembering King Paul
The Royal Family was joined by cousins, the descendants of Greek Princesses.
The family who were present: King Constantine & Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Sofia of Spain & Princess Irene; Princess Alexia, Crown Prince Pavlos & Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Prince Nikolaos & Princess Tatiana, Princess Theodora, Prince Philippos, the Prince & Princess of Asturias, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina; Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Constantine-Alexios, Prince Achileas, Prince Odysseas, Prince Aristidis
Crown Prince Alexander & Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia; Princess Tatiana Radziwill & Dr John Fruchaud;Count & Countess Hans-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach, Archduchess Helen of Austria;
The Margrave & Margravine of Baden, Prince & Princess Ludwig of Baden; Prince & Princess Michael of Greece and Princess Welf-Heinrich of Hanover.
Crown Prince Alexander's mother was Princess Alexandra of Greece, a niece of Paul. She was buried at Tatoi until last spring when her remains were brought to Serbia for reburial.
Princess Tatiana Radziwill is the daughter of the late Princess Eugenie of Greece, the daughter of Prince George, uncle of King Paul. Count Hans-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach and Archduchess Helen of Austria are the children of Princess Elisabeth of Greece, second of three daughters of Prince Nicholas, uncle of King Paul and Grand Duchess Helen Vladimirovna of Russia.
The Margrave of Baden and Prince Ludwig of Baden are the two surviving children of the late Princess Theodora of Greece, second of four daughters of Prince Andrew, uncle of King Paul, and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
Prince Michael of Greece is the only child of the late Prince Christopher of Greece, who died when Michael was an infant, and Princess Francoise d'Orléans. King Paul became Michael's guardian after Princess Francoise's death in 1953.
Princess Welf-Heinrich of Hanover (nee Princess Alexandra of Ysenburg und Büdingen) is the widow of Prince Welf-Heinrich of Hanover, the youngest brother of late Queen Frederika, and, is King Paul's only surviving in-law.
No member of the British royal family (a descendant of the late Princess Marina of Greece, youngest daughter of Prince Nicholas, who married the Duke of Kent in 1934 or the former Prince Philip of Greece (HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) was present for political reasons. Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, a granddaughter of King Paul's elder sister, Princess Helen, was in London for several official engagements, and was unable to attend the events in Greece.
The British were probably advised by the Foreign Office to not attend, for political reasons. This was why there was no member of the British royal family attended King Peter's State Funeral last May. I also did not see any descendants of Princesses Margarita and Sophie of Greece, eldest and youngest daughters of Prince Andrew, or Princess Olga, eldest daughter of Prince Nicholas. Paul Brandram, the only child of the late Princess Katherine, also appears to not have attended the event. He is a nephew of the late King Paul, and remains close to his first cousin, King Constantine.
King Simeon of the Bulgarians also attended the ceremony.