Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark

Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, R.E. (Greek: Ειρήνη; born 11 May 1942) is the youngest child and second daughter of King Paul of Greece and his wife Queen Frederica. She is the younger sister of Queen Sofía of Spain and King Constantine II of Greece. She is also the great granddaughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor who was the first grandson of Queen Victoria.

Princess Irene
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Irene in 1966
Born (1942-05-11) 11 May 1942 (age 81)
Cape Town, South Africa
FatherPaul of Greece
MotherFrederica of Hanover


Princess Irene in 1948, during her childhood

Irene was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where her parents were living in exile, on 11 May 1942. She was christened at her parent's Claremont home by the Metropolitan of the Holy Archdiocese of Good Hope. She had ten godparents including General Jan Smuts, Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (her paternal aunt), the King of Hellenes (her paternal uncle), Queen Mary of the United Kingdom, and the Duchess of Kent (her paternal first cousin once removed). She was a pupil of concert pianist Gina Bachauer and, for a while, she was a professional concert pianist herself.[1]

Irene was courted by Prince Michel of Orléans, a younger son of the Orléanist pretender Henri, Count of Paris, until he met French noblewoman Béatrice Marie Pasquier de Franclieu,[2] whom he married in 1967.[3]

After her brother was dethroned, Irene moved to India with her mother. Since her mother's death in 1981, she has lived in Spain in an apartment at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Queen Sofía and King Juan Carlos.[4]

Irene is the founder and president of the organisation World in Harmony (Mundo en Armonía).[5] On 16 March 2018, Princess Irene obtained Spanish nationality and renounced her Greek nationality.[6][7]

Notable published worksEdit

  • En Decelia: fragmentos cerámicos de Decelia y miscelánea arqueológica. Athens, (1959–1960). Edited in Spanish in Spain, 2013.[8][9] ISBN 9788494103308

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 11 May 1942 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.



  1. ^ "Royal Baby Christened 1942". British Pathé. Archived from the original on 18 December 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  2. ^ Herrero, Nieves. Beatriz de Orleans Archived 15 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine, El Mundo Magazine. 4 October 2009
  3. ^ Philippe de Montjouvent. Le Comte de Paris et sa Descendance. Editions du Chaney, 1998, Charenton, France. pp. 21, 23-26, 34-36, 40-41, 187, 197, 310, 313, 467-468. (French) ISBN 2-913211-00-3.
  4. ^ "Irene de Grecia, así es la hermana rebelde, divertida y bohemia de Doña Sofía". 19 January 2023. Archived from the original on 29 March 2023. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Who We Are". World In Harmony. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  6. ^ "El Mundo". Archived from the original on 22 March 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  7. ^ "«Real Decreto 164/2018, de 16 de marzo, por el que se concede la nacionalidad española por carta de naturaleza a Su Alteza Real doña Irene de Grecia de Hannover.»" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Logintegral". Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Librería Marcial Pons". Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  10. ^ Membership of the Constantinian Order Archived 5 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Sito web del Quirinale: dettaglio decorato". Archived from the original on 21 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  12. ^ Jørgen Pedersen: Riddere af Elefantordenen 1559–2009, Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2009. ISBN 8776744345
Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 11 May 1942
Greek royalty
Preceded byas Crown Prince Heir-presumptive to the Greek throne
Succeeded by