From Falling in Love to Golden Anniversary
Their Majesties King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, formerly the Royal Couple of the Hellenes, were married on 18 September 1964, and now, 50 years later, the couple celebrates their golden wedding anniversary.
The love between the Greek Crown Prince and the Danish Royal Couple’s youngest daughter blossomed early. Crown Prince Constantine asked King Frederik IX for Princess Anne-Marie’s hand in marriage at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. In the period between their engagement and the planned wedding the groom to be’s father, King Paul, passed on, so it was the young King of Greece who married his queen at the ceremony in the Cathedral of Athens. It was the first time in history that a royal wedding was shown on TV and in cinemas, and seen by millions of people in many countries.
In 1967 the Royal Couple went into exile following the King’s failed countermove against the military coup, and in 1974 the country was declared a republic. For many years the couple lived in England, until they moved back to Greece in 2013.
TM King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie have five children, of whom the eldest three are married, as well as nine grandchildren. The international family has ancestors and relatives in a number of Europe’s royal houses. The connection to Denmark has been preserved through close family ties, and the couple’s silver wedding anniversary in 1989 was also held here. The golden anniversary on 18 September 2014 is celebrated in Greece.
The golden anniversary couple are both descendents of Christian IX and Queen Louise, who were the first and so far only Danish Royal Couple to have celebrated a golden anniversary, which happened in 1892.
In celebration of TM King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie’s golden wedding anniversary, the Amalienborg Museum will show a small special exhibition from 19 September. The exhibition will present, amongst other things, unique gala dresses which Queen Anne-Marie has recently donated to the museum.
The exhibtion is on until 30 December 2016.