Princess Theodora of Greece, Margravine of Baden

by Scott Mehl
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Margravine of Baden

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark was born on May 30, 1906 at Tatoi Palace, the second daughter of Prince Andreas of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. She had four siblings:

Theodora with her sisters in 1922. (l-r) Margarita, Cecilie, Theodora, Sophie.

Raised primarily in Greece, Theodora and her family had to leave Greece several times due to the political unrest and repeated overthrow of the monarchy.  They spent several years living in Switzerland and later settled outside of Paris.  After her mother suffered a nervous breakdown in 1930, Theodora and her sisters were quickly married, all into formal German royal families.

On August 17, 1931, Theodora married Berthold, Margrave of Baden. He was the son of Maximilian, Margrave of Baden and Princess Marie Luise of Hanover. The couple was second cousins through their mutual descent from King Christian IX of Denmark. They took up residence at Schloss Salem had three children:

Theodora with her husband and two elder children, c1936. source: private collection

In her later years, Princess Theodora spent time with her children and grandchildren and made occasional visits to England to see her brother Philip and his family.  At just 63 years old, she died in Büdingen in Hesse on October 16, 1969, just five weeks before the death of her mother. She was buried alongside her husband in the family cemetery in Salem.

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