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Marina Karella (Greek: Μαρίνα Καρέλλα; born 17 July 1940[1]) is a Greek artist. She is married to Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.

Marina Karella
Born (1940-07-17) 17 July 1940 (age 78)
Athens, Kingdom of Greece
IssuePrincess Alexandra, Mrs. Nicolas Mirzayantz
Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia
FatherTheodor Karella
MotherElly Chalikiopoulos


Early life and familyEdit

Karella was born in Athens on 17 July 1940 to Theodor Karella and Elly Chalikiopoulos.


Karella married Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark at the Royal Palace in Athens on 7 February 1965. However, because this marriage is considered non-dynastic, she did not initially acquire thereby the title of 'Princess of Greece and Denmark' nor the style of 'Her Royal Highness', but was referred to as Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.[2]

The couple has two daughters:

  • Princess Alexandra of Greece (born 15 October 1968 in Athens), married to Nicolas Mirzayantz (born 1 January 1963 in Bouches-du-Rhône) on 27 June 1998 in Venice. They have two sons:[3]
    • Tigran Mirzayantz (born 16 August 2000 in New York City)
    • Darius Mirzayantz (born April 2002 New York City)
  • Princess Olga of Greece (born 17 November 1971 in Athens), married to her second cousin HRH Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia (born 13 October 1967 in Florence), a member of the former royal family of Italy, on 27 September 2008 on Patmos.[4] They have three children:
    • Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, Prince of Piedmont (born 7 March 2009 in Paris)
    • Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of the Abruzzi (born 24 May 2011 in Paris)
    • Princess Isabella of Savoy-Aosta (born 14 December 2012 in Paris)


  1. ^ Clara
  2. ^ "Prince Michael Weds Commoner". The New York Times. 8 February 1965. p. 3.
  3. ^ Geneall
  4. ^ Beéche, Arturo. The Gotha, Volume 1. Kensington House Books, California, 2009, pages 81, 235, 237. ISBN 978-0-97-719617-3.

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