Wedding of Prince Nikolaos #5 Thursday, Aug 26 2010 

More pictures!

Crown Prince Pavlos and family

Pavlos and family
I wonder if these two are done with kids? Not that 5 wouldn’t be enough, but if they wanted more, there’s now the right distance to Prince Astride… Maria Olympia is cute, isn’t she? But damn that’s a short little dress.

Here with Marie and Joachim you can see why the wedding was set at this time of day because wow, that is nice lightning of the scene.
Marie and Joachim

My Theodora… Half a cup size more would have been good, you know? Mh, but in armour, shield and sword? Scary girl, scary. Get yourself in a film or a crime procedural.
Theodora

We did get a few Brits after all. Lady Gabriella Windsor (who we’ve already seen), Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Prince Michael is the son of Princess Marina, herself a Greek Princess. His sister is Princess Alexandra, Honorary Lady Ogivly.
Gabriella, P+P Michael

You know Iran still has an empress? Well, here she is. Exiled, of course, but there’s hope yet.
Farah Pahlavi

The former King and Queen of the Hellenes
Konstantin and AM
I still am of the opinion the Greeks should take their King back. Not because that would give us another royal family showing up, but rather because I’d trust him (or rather, Pavlos) to get that state out of its misery again within a generation.

Rainbow dress for Máxima, but I quite like it
Maxi and WA

Princess Alexia and her family. Another 4 little kids.
Alexia and Carlos

I admit, these days I always look at Vikkan’s belly first. I’m practically waiting for a pregnancy announcement… Although I’d still prefer a summer baby *g*
Vikkan+DanDan

Advertisements

Hellenic Kings and future pretenders Friday, Apr 30 2010 

Let’s talk about the Greeks, shall we?

For some it may be surprising, what with the Greek being the inventors of democracy and all, but until 1967 (nominally until 1973) the Greeks were a monarchy and saw themselves as the successors to the Byzantine Empire.

Unlike most modern European monarchies, the last few Greek kings were heavily involved in their country’s politics, which was a good thing before and during WWII, but proved to be somewhat problematic later during the Greek Civil War, as factions started to form (see the section about the evacuation of the children especially). All this was under King Pavlos (Paul, King of the Hellenes; father of the current King of the Hellenes and of Queen Sophia of Spain). The political climate calmed down considerably after the Civil War but got stormier again when King Konstantin II (I’m using the K-spelling intentionally) ascended the throne with 23.

Contrary to the United Kingdom, where Konstantin’s cousin Philip was Prince Consort to the young Queen Elizabeth II, Greece was a country caught between extreme political views – communist, centrist and conservative – and not quite as stable as the UK. One could argue now why that is so but…let’s not go there.

At 23, Konstantin was an inexperienced young man and politician and had inherited a lot of his father’s views and baggage. That’s probably why he managed to cause a constitutional crisis at the tender age of 25, known as the Apostasia of 1965, when he dismissed the newly elected prime minister. Elections were scheduled for May 1967 and Konstantin appointed an interim government.

Only a few weeks before the elections, several right wing generals seized power in a coup d’etat, arresting and killing political rivals. Konstantin, as the head of state – and even though he was inexperienced he should have known better – sanctioned the putchist government and swore them in and had basically lost by then already. He claims he attempted a counter-coup but that did not bear any fruits. Konstantin and his family, Anne Marie of Denmark and their two babies Alexia and Pavlos, had to flee into exile to Rome. They later came to live in London and Konstantin is close to his British and Danish relatives.

Konstantin has made a lot of claims that run contrary to what other people directly involved in the coup have stated and I, personally, am not too sure he’s not simply covering his ass. I wouldn’t blame him, he made a few dire mistakes (some of which could have been avoided), but he also was a victim of the circumstances, at least in part.

The junta government lasted for seven years and the aftermath is what we see today. If you’re interested, the wikipedia article is quite interesting, I spent a good hour yesterday following Greek history from the 1940s until the 70s.

What is further interesting is that despite the monarchy being abolished in 1973, Konstantin never abdicated his throne. He still is Konstantine of Greece and Denmark, King of the Hellenes. Even though he is not allowed to return to the country as king – at present – he is free to enter and leave Greece as he pleases and he and his wife even have a vacation home somewhere on the coast. This leaves several rather interesting openings for future developments.

Restoring him to the throne is one possibility, although with the mistakes that have been made, with his statements and claims, and also considering his age (the man turned 70 this year), that is an unlikely development.

Konstantin and Anna Maria of Greece have five children who are in their forties and in their twenties today, Crown Prince of Greece is Pavlos of Greece and Denmark; should his father die before being restored to the throne he would become the pretender to the (defunct) Greek throne. He is the second option the Greeks would have and for more reasons than just him being the Crown Prince.

Pavlos attended college in London, underwent military training in Sandhurst and later studied at Georgetown University (sharing a flat with Felipe, Prince of Asturias and I don’t think we want to know what went on there), graduating in International Relations Law and Organization then later achieved a Master of Science in Foreign service, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Besides being more than on par with the political situation back home and in the surrounding countries, Pavlos seems to have a keen head for business, as he co-founded several investment groups and funds, among other dabbling in hedge funds and alternative investment.

Basically, Pavlos has more qualifications to lead the country of Greece than most, if not all, of the Greek politicians.

As for his personal life, he is married to Marie-Chantal Miller and they have five children, born and raised in the US (and London, where his parents reside today).

Sound advice, dear Greeks, get your Crown Prince on the throne and let him run the show for a few years. You can make a contract, give him more influence for a couple of years and cut back on it then.

For those who care to know: The royal line of Greece belongs to the House Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (yep, we Germans dabble in all the royal lines ;)), Konstantin is descendant from Christian IX of Denmark both matri- and patrilineal and he retains his rank as a Danish prince even though he is not in line to the Danish throne any longer (a referendum having abolished his claim). Anne-Marie (Anna Maria) was a princess of Denmark before marrying Konstantin. Hence the members of the Greek royal family are always “of Greece and Denmark”.

Letters Wednesday, Apr 28 2010 

Dear Princess Madeleine,

first of all, you did the right thing in kicking the cheating bastard to the curb.

That’s about the only thing you did right though.

Of course, all this is said from the outside point of view, and I can talk all I want as long as I haven’t walked in your shoes.

But if you truly knew about the incident with the girl in Norway two weeks after it happened, you should never have gotten engaged. Binding a man to you with a ring doesn’t work, wanting to bind a woman like you should not either. When he started to officially date you, he should have known that escapades like that one are completely out of the question, if he was 22 at the time or 30.

I’m sorry you were hurt, especially by someone who clearly doesn’t deserve it. I understand about hanging on to a seven year relationship, especially with your sister marrying soon and your brother being….well, the was he is, but while cheating is something that has worked in royal circles in the past…it doesn’t do so anymore in the present. And please don’t listen to the idiot saying the two of you should pull yourselves together again. You deserve better than that.

Seriously.

Love,
me

Dear Greek people (all of you),

if you’d kept your king (in power), this probably wouldn’t have happened. He’s still alive, btw. And he has sons (and daughters).

Just saying.

No love,
me