Queen of Greece

Consorts of the Kings of Greece were persons married to the rulers of the Kingdom of Greece during their reign. As all monarchs of modern Greece were male with the title of King of the Hellenes,[1] all Greek consorts were women with the title of Queen of the Hellenes and style Majesty. The following women were Queens of the Hellenes as spouses of the kings of modern Greece between 1836 and 1974:

Queen Consort of Greece

House of Wittelsbach (1832–1862)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
Amalia of Oldenburg Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg
(Holstein-Gottorp)
21 December 1818 22 November 1836 23 October 1862
husband's desposition
20 May 1875 Otto

Queen Consorts of the Hellenes

House of Glücksburg (1863–1924)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
Olga Constantinovna of Russia Grand Duke Constantine Nikolayevich of Russia
(Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov)
3 September 1851 27 October 1867 18 March 1913
husband's assassination
18 June 1926 George I
Sophia of Prussia Frederick III, German Emperor
(Hohenzollern)
14 June 1870 27 October 1889 18 March 1913
husband's accession
11 June 1917
husband's abdication
22 November 1936 Constantine I
Aspasia Manos
[2]
Petros Manos
(Manos)
4 September 1896 4 November 1919 25 October 1920
husband's death
7 August 1972 Alexander
Sophia of Prussia Frederick III, German Emperor
(Hohenzollern)
14 June 1870 27 October 1889 19 December 1920
husband's reinstatement
27 September 1922
husband's abdication
22 November 1936 Constantine I
Elisabeth of Romania Ferdinand I of Romania
(Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen)
12 October 1894 27 February 1921 27 September 1922
husband's accession
25 March 1924
husband's exile
14 November/15 November 1956 George II

House of Glücksburg (1935–1973)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
Frederica of Hanover Ernest Augustus III, Duke of Brunswick
(Hanover)
18 April 1917 9 January 1938 1 April 1947
husband's accession
6 March 1964
husband's death
6 February 1981 Paul
Anne-Marie of Denmark Frederick IX of Denmark
(Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg)
30 August 1946 18 September 1964 1 June 1973
monarchy abolished
living Constantine II

Titular Queen Consorts of Greece

House of Wittelsbach (since 1862)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
Amalia of Oldenburg Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg
(Holstein-Gottorp)
21 December 1818 22 November 1836 23 October 1862
husband's desposition
26 July 1867
husband's death
20 May 1875 Otto
Gisela of Austria Franz Joseph I of Austria
(Habsburg-Lorraine)
12 July 1856 20 April 1873 12 December 1912
husband's accession
28 September 1930
husband's death
27 July 1932 Prince Leopold of Bavaria
100px Bona Margherita of Savoy Prince Thomas, Duke of Genoa
(Savoy-Genoa)
1 August 1896 8 January 1921 31 May 1943
husband's accession
6 September 1969
husband's death
2 February 1971 Prince Konrad of Bavaria
Helene von Khevenhüller-Metsch Count Franz von Khevenhüller-Metsch 4 April 1921 16 November 1970 1 January 1997
husband's death
Prince Eugen of Bavaria
Disputed

Titular Queen Consorts of the Hellenes

House of Glücksburg (1922–1935)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
100px Elisabeth of Romania Ferdinand of Romania
(Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen)
12 October 1894 27 February 1921 25 March 1924
monarchy abolished
6 July 1935
divorce
14 November 1955 George II

House of Glücksburg (since 1973)

Picture Name Father Birth Marriage Became Consort Ceased to be Consort Death Spouse
Anne-Marie of Denmark Frederick IX of Denmark
(Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg)
30 August 1946 18 September 1964 1 June 1973
monarchy abolished
Incumbent living Constantine II

Popularity

Queen Olga was the only truly popular Queen of Greece. She was Orthodox by birth, of a pious and good-natured character, and principally concerned with charity. Her predecessor, Queen Amalia, was popular initially, but she was soon and, probably unjustly, blamed for not having any children. Queen Sophia was seen as domineering, and seeking to guide her husband towards the politics of her brother, the Kaiser, at a time when Greek national interests lay with the side of the Entente. Aspasia Manos was neither considered nor treated as a queen because her marriage was considered morganatic at the time. Queen Elisabeth was married only briefly and her marriage was childless and rather difficult from the beginning. Queen Frederica was also seen as domineering, and interfering with politics to a degree far surpassing her husband's constitutional role, let alone her own role which was constitutionally non-existent. Queen Anne-Marie came to Greece a teenager and fled to exile soon after.

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