by Scott Mehl
Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark was born on April 18, 1905 at the Royal Palace in Athens. She was the eldest child of Prince Andreas of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and was the first great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Margarita had four younger siblings:
- Princess Theodora (1906) – married Berthold, Margrave of Baden, had issue
- Princess Cecilie (1911) – married Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, had issue
- Princess Sophie (1914) – married (1) Prince Christoph of Hesse, had issue; (2) Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover, had issue
- Prince Philippos (1921) – married Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, had issue
1930-1931 saw the marriages of Margarita and her three sisters. Although she was the eldest, Margarita was the third to marry. Her groom was Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. He was the son of Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Margarita and Gottfried were second cousins once removed through their mutual descent from Queen Victoria, and third cousins through Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. They married in Langenburg on April 20, 1931, and had five children:
- Kraft, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1935) – married (1) Princess Charlotte of Croÿ, had issue; married (2) Irma Pospesch, no issue
- Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1936) – unmarried
- Prince Georg Andreas of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1938) – married Luise, Princess of Schönburg-Waldenburg, had issue
- Prince Rupprecht of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1944) – unmarried
- Prince Albrecht of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1944) – married Maria-Hildegard Fischer, had issue
In 1934, Margarita and her husband traveled to New York to testify in the famous custody battle for the young Gloria Vanderbilt. Gottfried had at one time been in a romantic relationship her mother, Mrs. Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and during the custody hearing, a housemaid made some rather salacious allegations about the relationship between the two. Margarita also testified as a character witness for Mrs. Vanderbilt.
Although Margarita and her sisters were not invited to their brother Philip’s wedding (due to strong anti-German sentiment so soon after the war), she and Philip remained close, and in 1950, she was named as one of the godparents for Philip’s daughter, Princess Anne. And in 1953, Margarita, her surviving sisters and their mother, were prominent guests at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
After being widowed in 1960, Margarita maintained a quiet life in Langenburg, visiting with her children and grandchildren, as well as occasional trips to visit Philip and his family in the UK. At the age of 76, Princess Margarita died in Langenburg on April 24, 1961. She is buried beside her husband in the family cemetery.