Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark, RE (born 20 May 1967) is the eldest son and second child of Constantine II, the last King of the Hellenes from 1964 to 1973 and his wife, Anne-Marie of Denmark. Pavlos was heir apparent to the throne of Greece and was its crown prince from birth, remaining so during his father’s reign until the monarchy’s abolition.
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 and father-in-law, Robert W. Miller.
Pavlos was born on 20 May 1967 at Tatoi Palace in Athens, to King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie. His mother is the youngest sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and his father is a brother of Queen Sophia of Spain. His maternal grandparents were King Frederick IX of Denmark and his wife Princess Ingrid of Sweden.
Pavlos was born into a turbulent era in Greek politics. His father, King Constantine II, ascended to the throne on 6 March 1964, aged 23, following the death of his father, King Paul. His mother, the 20 year-old Queen, would give birth to Pavlos barely a month after the coup d’état which ended democratic rule in Greece over the King’s objections on 21 April 1967, ushering in the “Regime of the Colonels”, led by Georgios Papadopoulos. In December of that year, King Constantine attempted a counter-coup, but could not rally sufficient military support. Pursued by supporters of the junta, the King fled with his wife, children, mother and sister to Rome. From Rome they went to Copenhagen, and lived with Queen Ingrid of Denmark.
During the years 1967–1973, Greece remained officially a monarchy, with a regency appointed while the king lived in exile. On 1 June 1973, Constantine II was declared deposed and Georgios Papadopoulos became the self-appointed President of Greece.
On 17 November 1974, the Greek legislative election, 1974 was held, resulting in a victory for Constantine Karamanlis and his New Democracy party. Less than a month later, on 8 December, the Greek plebiscite of 1974 confirmed a referendum of the previous year: the majority of Greek voters preferred a republican constitution (69%) to restoration of the monarchy (31%).
Constantine II accepted that his reign was at an end. He and Anne Marie had been living with their family in London for several years. Pavlos’ youngest siblings were born in London, Princess Theodora in 1983 and Prince Philippos in 1986.
Pavlos was educated in London at the Hellenic College of London, founded by his parents. After completing Sandhurst School, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. While sharing a house in Washington, DC from 1993 he and his cousin, Felipe VI of Spain, then Prince of Asturias, attended Georgetown University where each obtained a Master of Science in Foreign Service in 1995.
Pavlos married British-born heiress Marie-Chantal Miller, whom he had met at a party three years earlier in New Orleans, on 1 July 1995. The Greek Orthodox rite wedding at St Sophia’s Cathedral, London drew a rare modern panoply of royalty, but the nuptials proved unavailing and had eventually to be repeated civilly (not normally required in the UK) in Chelsea because of an obscure law requiring that marriages in England be conducted in English.
After their marriage, the couple took up residence in Greenwich, Connecticut, the job that Pavlos obtained with the Charles R. Weber ship-broking company being headquartered there. Later, he went to work at a New York City firm as an investment portfolio manager, before relocation to London for their children’s education in 2004. The couple have five children