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Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark

Prince of Greece and Denmark
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Prince of Greece and Denmark
Countries Greece
Occupations Painter
Gender male
Birth 22 January 1872 (Athens)
Death 8 February 1938 (Athens)
Star sign Aquarius
Mother: Olga Constantinovna of Russia
Father: George I of Greece
Siblings: Constantine I of GreecePrince Andrew of Greece and DenmarkPrince George of Greece and DenmarkPrince Christopher of Greece and Denmark
Spouse: Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
Children: Princess Olga of Greece and DenmarkPrincess Elizabeth of Greece and DenmarkPrincess Marina of Greece and Denmark
The details

Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark (22 January 1872 – 8 February 1938), of the Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, was the fourth child and third son of George I, King of the Hellenes, and of Queen Olga. He was known as "Greek Nicky" in the family to distinguish him from his paternal first cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. Prince Nicholas was a talented painter, often signing his works as "Nicolas Leprince."

Marriage and issue

He married Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (1882–1957), daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the only sister of the future Russian imperial pretender, Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich, and his second cousin through his mother Olga Constantinovna of Russia and her father Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, on 29 August 1902 in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia.

They had three daughters:

  • Olga (1903–1997). Married Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.
  • Elizabeth (1904–1955). Married Count Carl Theodor of Toerring-Jettenbach.
  • Marina (1906–1968). Married Prince George, Duke of Kent.

The Princesses were raised with an English nanny, Kate Fox, known as "Nurnie".

Public life

Along with his brothers Constantine and George, Nicholas helped to organize the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, the first to be held since 393. Nicholas served as president of the Sub-Committee for Shooting.

His father bequeathed him the Royal Theater of Greece which Nicholas, in turn, transferred to the Greek state in 1935. He was friends with George Simitis and was godfather to his son, future socialist Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.

Death and burial

Prince Nicholas died in Athens on February 8, 1938 and was buried in the Royal tomb at the Palace of Tatoi.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 22 January 1872 – 8 February 1938: His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark.


Foreign Honours

  •  Spain : Cross of Naval Merit -with White Decoration- (January 1892).
  •  United Kingdom : Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) (August 1901).


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