Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark, RE (in English: Paul; born 20 May 1967) is the eldest son and heir apparent of Constantine II, who was King of Greece from 1964 to 1973. By male-line descent, he is a member of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg line of the House of Oldenburg. Since reaching adulthood, he has lived in New York City and London, working as an investment consultant. He is an experienced bluewater yachtsman and crews on the multi-record-breaking monohull Mari-Cha IV owned by businessman Robert W. Miller, his father-in-law.
Crown Prince Pavlos was born on 20 May 1967 in Athens, to King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne Marie, by birth a Princess of Denmark. His mother is a sister of Margrethe II of Denmark. His maternal grandparents were Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. By Greek tradition, he was named for his paternal grandfather, King Paul (Pavlos) of the Hellenes. Crown Prince Pavlos was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, with Charles, Prince of Wales (King Constantine’s second cousin), as one of his godparents.
Pavlos was educated in London at the Hellenic College of London. He then trained as a British army officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before taking a three-year commission with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, graduating in 1993 in International Relations, Law and Organization and completing a Master of Science in Foreign Service, specialising in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, in 1995. His roommate at Georgetown was his cousin, Don Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, heir to the Crown of Spain. Pavlos was raised bilingually, speaking both Greek and English. He also speaks German, French, Spanish and Italian. He has stated privately that, when he was a child, he was accostumed to speak primarily German (with his siblings), English (with his mother) and Greek (in classes).
Crown Prince Pavlos married American heiress Marie-Chantal Miller (now styled as Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess of Denmark) on 1 July 1995. After their marriage, the couple resided in New York City, where he worked as an investment consultant. Their children are:
- Princess Maria-Olympia, born in New York City on 25 July 1996 (age 16)
- Prince Constantine Alexios (named after his grandfather), born in New York City on 29 October 1998 (age 14)
- Prince Achileas-Andreas, born in New York City on 12 August 2000 (age 12)
- Prince Odysseus-Kimon, born in London on 17 September 2004 (age 8)
- Prince Aristidis-Stavros, born in Los Angeles on 29 June 2008 (age 5)
As the oldest son and heir, Prince Constantine has several royal godparents: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (paternal uncle), Princess Alexandra von Fürstenberg (maternal aunt), Felipe, Prince of Asturias (cousin), Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark (father’s cousin), Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince William of Wales, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and family friend Doris Robbs.
Crown Prince Pavlos and his family currently reside in London.You can follow HRH Crown Prince Pavlos’ blog, AGORA, hosted on the online magazine Periscope Post, and on twitter (@ pavlosgr1).