Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark

Grand-duchess of Russia

Date of Birth: 03-Mar-1876

Place of Birth: Athens, Attica Region, Greece

Date of Death: 14-Dec-1940

Profession: aristocrat

Zodiac Sign: Pisces


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About Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark

  • Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark (Greek: ?a??a) (Russian: ????? ??????????; 3 March 1876 ÔÇô 14 December 1940) was a daughter of King George I of Greece and his wife Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia.
  • She was a sister of King Constantine I of Greece and a first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Born as a princess of Greece and Denmark, she was educated in Athens by private tutors.
  • Her father instilled in her a great love for Greece and throughout her life, she remained a fervent patriot.
  • She married Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, her first cousin once removed, who courted her for five years.
  • The wedding took place in 1900 in Corfu.
  • The couple settled in St.
  • Petersburg and they had two daughters: Princesses Nina (1901 -1974) and Xenia of Russia (1903 -1965). Grand Duke George Mikhailovich had a house built for her in Crimea and he was a devoted father and husband, but the marriage was unhappy.
  • Princess Maria, known upon her marriage as Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna of Russia, neither get to love her husband nor her adopted country.
  • Longing for her native Greece, she never adapted to live in Russia.
  • Over the years, she became estranged from her husband taking any opportunity to spend time abroad.
  • At the outbreak of World War I, she was vacationing in England with her daughters and chose not to return to Russia.
  • During the conflict, she was a patron of three military hospitals in Harrogate, which she financed generously.
  • Her husband was trapped in Russia after the revolution and he was shot by the Bolsheviks with several other Romanov relatives in January 1919.
  • In her widowhood, deprived of her Russian income, Princess Maria faced serious financial difficulties.
  • She returned to live in Greece with her daughters in 1920.
  • There, she began a relationship with Admiral Perikles Ioannidis, who had been the commander of the ship that she took at her return to Athens.
  • They were married in 1922.
  • The proclamation of the Second Hellenic Republic in 1924, sent her into exile.
  • The princess returned to live in Britain for a couple of years and she settled in Rome in 1926 with her second husband.
  • She lived in Italy for over a decade until the outbreak of the Greco-Italian War in 1940 forced her to return to her native Greece.
  • She was in poor health and was cared for by her nephew King Paul of Greece and his wife Frederica.
  • She died, as the Greek royal family was about to leave for exile.
  • She left a book of memoirs, published posthumously by her grandchildren with the title A Romanov Diary.

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