Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Crown Prince Carol weds Helen of Greece


Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

March 10, 1921

Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark and Crown Prince Carol of Romania were married today in Athens, reports the Associated Press.  This is the second marriage between members of the Greek and Romanian royal families.  Crown Prince George of the Hellenes and Princess Elisabeth of Romania married in Bucharest two weeks ago.

The couple was married first in a civil ceremony in the Palace.  It was followed "by an elaborate wedding" in Athens Cathedral.   Crown Prince Carol and Crown Princess Helen led the procession, traveling from the Palace to the Cathedral in a golden carriage, acknowledging the cheers of the thousands who lined the streets.

Queen Marie of Romania and Queen Sophie of the Hellenes, who are first cousins, sat in the second carriage.  Marie's "striking beauty and animated features" contrasted with  Sophie's "somber, immobile countenance."   They were followed by carriages that included King Constantine of the Hellenes, Prince George, and members of the royal families.  Fourteen princesses and seven Princes attended the wedding ceremony.

Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark, the bride's uncle, attended the wedding alone as his wife, the American-born Princess Anastasia who is unwell. 

Princess Helen wore a "white satin gown trimmed with gold."  Her veil, made by the woman of Bucharest, was a "rare beauty" and valued at 500,000 francs.  She wore on her head a "jeweled diadem" that was a gift from Crown Prince Carol.  

The newlyweds will remain in Athens for a week and then will spend their honeymoon in Sinaia, in the Carpathian Mountains.


Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Your posts are always so fascinating, and you are a treasure trove of information! I'm hoping you might can assist me with a royal question and have emailed you a few weeks ago, but I suspect my email went to your spam. (I've sent to the address on this blog.) Will you please check to see if you've received it?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

was it the question about the photo. I have no idea who it is ... I am never good at Ids

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

No, my question is about textiles I acquired at auction having the coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. One has a handsewn royal cipher, and I'd love some assistance identifying the owner. My email was sent on January 28, and again on February 18 if that perhaps helps when looking at your spam folder. Many thanks in advance!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Nothing in spam,

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

I tried sending my email again on March 15, but I suppose you didn't receive it either. So strange... Is there perhaps another email address to use for you? If so (and if you understandably prefer not to post it here), please send it to me via my contact form at Thank you! I would so love to know if you have any information on the royal cipher I found.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Not in spam. I know nothing about royal ciphers however