Thursday, January 12, 2023

Tino - The Godfather of Europe

The passing of King Constantine II of the Hellenes leaves a great void in his immediate family, as well as for his many relatives and friends. The late king was the godfather to many of Europe's royals, including the Prince of Wales, and the heirs to the Hanoverian, Serbian, and Russian dynasties. 

Prince Contanijn of the Netherlands 

The christening of Prince Contanijn of the Netherlands, 1967.

On 21 February 1970, Prince Constantijn "Tijn" Christof Frederik Aschwin of the Netherlands was christened at St Martin’s Cathedral in Utrecht. Born on 11 October 1969 at Utrecht University Hospital, Prince Constantijn was the third son of Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Claus (né van Amsberg). The prince received as his godparents King Constantine II of the Hellenes, Prince Aschwin of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Baron Axel von dem Bussche-Streithorst, Max Kohnstamm, and Corinne de Beaufort-Sickinghe.

King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia -> Princess Alexandrine of Prussia -> Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin -> Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin -> Queen Juliana of the Netherlands -> Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands -> Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia -> German Emperor Wilhelm I -> German Emperor Friedrich III -> German Emperor Wilhelm II -> Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia -> Princess Friederike of Hannover -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia

Archbishop Anthony of Los Angeles prepares to baptise Grand Duke George, who is held by his grandfather Grand Duke Vladimir.

On 6 May 1981, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia was baptised in Madrid. The baby Romanov was born on 13 March 1981 in the Spanish capital. George was the first and only child of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia and Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia (né Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia). Archbishop Antony Sinkevitch of Los Angeles, who officiated at the wedding of Grand Duchess Maria and Grand Duke Michael, presided over the baptism of their son. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich received as his godparents King Constantine II of Greece (as the king was unable to attend, the infant's grandfather Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich acted as proxy) and Helen Louise Kirby, Countess Dvinskaya. 

German Emperor Wilhelm II -> Prince Joachim of Prussia -> Prince Karl Franz Josef of Prussia -> Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia -> Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia

German Emperor Wilhelm II -> Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia -> Princess Friederike of Hannover -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes


Lady Gabriella Kingston

The christening of Lady Gabriella Windsor, 1981.

On 8 June 1981, Lady Gabriella "Ella" Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor was christened at the Chapel Royal, St James Palace. Lady Gabriella Windsor was born on 23 April 1981 at St Mary's Hospital, London, as the second child and only daughter of Prince Michael of Kent and his wife, the former Baroness Marie-Christine Miss Marina Ogilvy, the Marchioness of Douro (future Duchess of Westminster), Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (née Litchfield; formerly Litchfield), King Constantine of the Hellenes, and Prince Hugo zu Windisch-Grätz.

King George I of the Hellenes -> Prince Nicholas of Greece -> Princess Marina of Greece -> Prince Michael of Kent -> Lady Gabriella Windsor 

King George I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine I of the Hellenes -> King Pavlos I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes


Hereditary Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Serbia 

Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria, and King Constantine II of the Hellenes with Prince Philip and Prince Alexander during their baptism. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain as well as Queen Anne-Marie of Greece watch the ceremony.

In July 1982, the twins Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Serbia were baptised at Villamanrique, Spain; the boys were the second and third sons of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria da Glória of Orleans-Braganza. Philip and Alexander received as their godparents King Constantine II of the Hellenes and Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria. When their mother was asked who she and her husband had chosen to be the princes' godparents, Princess Maria da Gloria responded: "They are the same for the two children. Because we had only thought of one child and we asked our cousin King Constantine [of Greece] and my cousin Anita of Bourbon-Sicilies [Duchess of Calabria] to be the godfather and godmother. When the twins arrived, we did not want to ask those we had chosen to share these responsibilities, but they [the King of Greece and the Duchess of Calabria] are so wonderful that they insisted on remaining godfather and godmother of the two children. This is why Philip and Alexander have the same godfather and the same godmother."

King George I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine I of the Hellenes -> King Alexander I of the Hellenes -> Princess Alexandra of Greece -> Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia -> Hereditary Prince Philip and Prince Alexander of Serbia

King George I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine I of the Hellenes -> King Pavlos I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes


The Prince of Wales

The christening of Prince William, 1982.

On 4 August 1982, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was christened at Buckingham Palace. Born on 21 June 1982 at Paddington, London, Prince William was the first child of the Prince and Princess of Wales. The prince received as his godparents King Constantine II of the Hellenes, Princess Alexandra of Kent, the Duchess of Westminster, the Lord Romsey (now Earl Mountbatten of Burma), Lady Susan Hussey, and Sir Laurens van der Post. 

King George I of the Hellenes -> Prince Andreas of Greece -> Prince Philippos of Greece -> King Charles III of the United Kingdom -> The Prince of Wales

King George I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine I of the Hellenes -> King Pavlos I of the Hellenes -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes


Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hannover 

The christening of Prince Ernst August of Hannover, 1983.

On 15 October 1983 at Schloss Marienburg, Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hannover was christened in Germany. Born on 19 July 1983 at Hildesheim, Prince Ernst August was the first child of Prince Ernst August of Hannover and Princess Chantal (née Hochuli). The prince received as his godparents King Constantine II of the Hellenes, Princess Alexandra of Hannover (née Princess zu Ysenburg und Büdingen in Wächtersbach), the Prince of Asturias (now King Felipe VI of Spain), Fürst Philipp Ernst zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Hereditary Prince (now Fürst) Andreas zu Leiningen, Margrave Maximilian of Baden, and Prince Ludwig Rudolph of Hannover.

Prince Ernst August of Hannover -> Prince Ernst August of Hannover -> Prince Ernst August of Hannover -> Prince Ernst August of Hannover 

Prince Ernst August of Hannover -> Princess Friederike of Hannover -> King Constantine II of the Hellenes

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