Public Figure Profiles

Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie

Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark was by birth a Greek and Danish princess who became the titular Hereditary Grand Duchess consort of Hesse and by Rhine through her marriage to Prince Georg Donatus, pretender to the throne of the Grand Duchy of Hesse. She was also the third-eldest sister to Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark (later Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh).

The third of five children of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Cecilie spent a happy childhood. In her early years, however, she witnessed the Balkan Wars (1912–1913), followed by the First World War (1914–1918) and the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922). For the young princess and her relatives, these conflicts had dramatic consequences and led to their exile in Switzerland (between 1917 and 1920), and then in France (from 1922 to 1936). During their exile, Cecilie and her family depended on the generosity of their foreign relatives, in particular Marie Bonaparte (who offered them accommodation in Saint-Cloud) and Lady Edwina Mountbatten (who supported them financially).

The year 1929 was a turning point in Cecilie's life. She formed a relationship with her maternal cousin, Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse. Around the same time, her mother was struck by a mental health crisis which led to her confinement in a Swiss psychiatric hospital until 1933. After marrying Georg Donatus in 1931, Cecilie moved to Darmstadt. There she gave birth to their three children, Ludwig (1931–1937), Alexander (1933–1937) and Johanna (1936–1939), before becoming pregnant with her fourth child in 1937. Initially distant from the Nazi movement, she joined the Nazi Party at the same time as her husband in May 1937.

Soon after, the princess and her family embarked on a trip to the United Kingdom, where they were to attend the wedding of her brother-in-law Prince Louis to Margaret Campbell Geddes. However, the aircraft in which they were travelling crashed in flames near Ostend, instantly killing all the passengers. Repatriated to Darmstadt, their remains were buried in the Grand Ducal mausoleum of Rosenhöhe on 23 November 1937.

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Some of their strengths

Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Energetic, Artistic, Intelligent, Passionate, Optimistic, Honest, and Perseverent.

Charming and Quick-witted

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie is someone who is a charming, quick-witted, and energetic person who combines passion and intelligence with an ability to feel what others are feeling and to effectively communicate with them. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Methodical and Exacting

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie as someone who is careful, methodical, and a perfectionist.

A person who forms successful business partnerships, who appreciates the variety the world has to offer, who takes a frugal approach to life and tends to be a workaholic, and who engages in things that let them express their opinion.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Logical and Reasonable

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie tends to be someone who is understanding, logical, and reasonable. Who can be intellectual and intuitive, speak the truth at any cost, be witty and sociable, and live life to its fullest.

Some of Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie's challenges

While Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie can be Self-centered, Hypocritical, Stubborn, Idle, Difficult, Perfectionist, and Sensitive.

Hypocritical and Self-centered

One of Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie's key challenges is that they are someone who can be perceived as hypocritical and self-centered.

Sensitive and Critical

Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie is someone who can be insecure, critical, and pessimistic, who can have difficulty relaxing, can be possessive and jealous, and who can have difficulty listening to others' opinions and perspectives and make hasty decisions.

Indecisive and Distracted

Finally, Princess of Greece and Denmark Cecilie also can have a hard time staying focused and can easily become restless.

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