Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
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Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

Princess Irene
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Princess Irene in 1966
Born (1942-05-11) 11 May 1942 (age 77)
Cape Town, South Africa
FatherPaul of Greece
MotherFrederica of Hanover

Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (Greek: ; born 11 May 1942) is the youngest child and second daughter of King Paul of Greece and his wife Princess Frederika of Hanover. She is the younger sister of Queen Sofía of Spain and of the deposed King Constantine II of Greece and maternal aunt of Felipe VI of Spain.


She was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11 May 1942. She was a pupil of concert pianist Gina Bachauer and, for a while, she was a professional concert pianist herself.

She was dating Prince Michel of Orléans, comte d'Évreux, a younger son of the Orléanist pretender Henri, Count of Paris, when he met Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu,[1] whom he married on 18 November 1967 in Casablanca, Morocco, without his father's consent.[2]

After her brother was dethroned, she moved to India with her mother. Since her mother's death, Princess Irene has lived in Spain in an apartment at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, the royal residence of her sister and brother-in-law, the King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain.

She is the founder and president of the World in Harmony organisation (Mundo en Armonía).[3] On 16 March 2018, Princess Irene obtained the Spanish nationality and renounced her Greek nationality.[4][5]

Notable published works

  • En Decelia: fragmentos cerámicos de Decelia y miscelánea arqueológica. Athens, (1959-1960). Edited in Spanish in Spain, 2013.[6][7]ISBN 9788494103308

Titles and honours


  • 11 May 1942 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.
  • 6 March 1964 - 10 July 1965: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Irene of Greece, Duchess of Sparta, Princess of Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

(Between Accession of King Constantine II and Birth of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark)

National honours

Foreign honours



  1. ^ Herrero, Nieves. Beatriz de Orleans, El Mundo Magazine. 4 October 2009
  2. ^ Velde, Francois. The Royal Family: A Genealogy,, Retrieved 12 October 2009
  3. ^ "Who We Are". World In Harmony. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ El Mundo
  5. ^ «Real Decreto 164/2018, de 16 de marzo, por el que se concede la nacionalidad española por carta de naturaleza a Su Alteza Real doña Irene de Grecia de Hannover.»
  6. ^ Logintegral
  7. ^ Librería Marcial Pons
  8. ^ Flickr, Photo of Princess Irene and Princess Sofia, Queen of Spain
  9. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Sito web del Quirinale: dettaglio decorato.
  11. ^ Royal State Visits
  12. ^ Jørgen Pedersen: Riddere af Elefantordenen 1559-2009, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2009. ISBN 8776744345
Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 11 May 1942
Greek royalty
Preceded by
as Crown Prince
Heir-presumptive to the Greek throne
Succeeded by
Princess Alexia
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Constantine II of Greece
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg

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