Princess Theodora of Greece, Margravine of Baden

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Margravine of Baden

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

  • Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark (1905-1981) – married Gottfried, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, had issue
  • Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (1911-1937) – married Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, had issue
  • Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark (1914-2001) – married (1) Prince Christoph of Hesse, had issue; (2) Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover, had issue
  • Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (born 1921) – married Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, had issue

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, in Baden-Baden, Germany, Theodora married Berthold, Margrave of Baden, 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 in Salem, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Theodora and Berthold  had three children:

  • Princess Margarita of Baden (1932-2013) – married Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, had one son and one daughter, divorced
  • Maximilian, Margrave of Baden (born 1933) – married Archduchess Valerie of Austria, had one daughter and four sons
  • Prince Ludwig of Baden (born 1937) – married Princess Anna Maria von Auersperg-Breunner, had two daughters and one son

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, Germany 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, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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