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From the Emperor’s Desk: Sorry I’m late with this. April 18th was the 115th anniversary of the birth of Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, born Princess of Greece and Denmark. April 24th 1981 was the 39th anniversary of her death.

Princess Margarita with her mother Princess Alice and sister Princess Theodora, c. 1912.

Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (April 18, 1905 – April 24, 1981) was the eldest child and daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. She was born at the Royal Palace in Athens. She was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and the eldest sister of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. She also had three sisters: Theodora, Margravine of Baden; Cecilie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine; and Sophie, later Princess Georg of Hanover.

Marriage and children

Margarita married Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on April 20, 1931 in Langenburg, Germany.


Prince Gottfried was a son of Prince Ernst II of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria through her second son, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and his wife, Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, a daughter of Emperor Alexander II of Russia.


In descent from Queen Victoria, Prince Gottfried was a second cousin once removed of Princess Margarita and in descent from Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, they were third cousins.
Gottfried succeeded his father as reigning Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg on December 11, 1950.

Six children were born of their marriage, all of whom were styled as His/Her Serene Highness:

* Stillborn daughter (born and died December 3, 1933)
* Prince Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich (June 23, 1935 – March 16, 2004); succeeded his father as The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
* Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (June 10, 1936 – November 15, 1997)
* Prince Georg Andreas Heinrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born November 24, 1938) married Luise, Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg on September 9, 1968.
* Prince Rupprecht Sigismund Philipp Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (April 7, 1944 – April 8, 1978)
* Prince Albrecht Wolfgang Christoph of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (April 7, 1944 – April 23, 1992) married Maria-Hildegard Fischer on 23 January 1976. They have one son:

All of Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg’s children are first cousins to the Children of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom: The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex.



Princess Margarita died aged 76 on April 24, 1981 in Langenburg, Germany.She survived her husband by 21 years.