Paul I, King of Greece

Athens, Attica, Attica, Greece

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King Paul Hohenzollern, I of the Hellenes

Greek: Βασιλεύς Παύλος, Α' των Ελλήνων, German: Paul l., I of the Hellenes, Danish: Konge Paul, I af Grækenland
Birthplace: Tatoi, Greece
Death: March 06, 1964 (62)
Tatoi, Greece
Place of Burial: Tatoi, Greece
Immediate Family:

Son of King Constantine, I of the Hellenes and Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of the Hellenes
Husband of Queen Frederika Luise Thyra Victoria Margarita Sophia Olga Cecilia Isabella Christa of Hanover, Queen consort of Greece
Father of Private; Sofía de Grecia, Reina consorte de España; Constantine II, King of the Hellenes and Irene Schleswig-Holstein, Glücksburg, Princess of Greece and Denmark
Brother of King George II, II of the Hellenes; King Alexander, I of the Hellenes; Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania; Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta and Lady Katherine Brandram
Half brother of Alice Jorgensen

Occupation: King of Greece, King of the Hellenes
Managed by: Noah Tutak
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About Paul I, King of Greece

Golden Fleece - Knights: Spanish Branch

  • Pavlos zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, King of the Hellenes(Greek Παύλος, Βασιλεύς των Ελλήνων)
  • He was crowned King of the Hellenes as King Pavlos I of the Hellenes on 1 April 1947.
  • Prince Pavlos of Greece and Denmark.
  • King of The Hellenes from 1947 to 1964

Predecessor: George II Successor: Constantine II

Paul was King of Greece from 1947 until his death in 1964.

Paul was born at Tatoi Palace in Athens, the third son of King Constantine I of Greece and his wife, Princess Sophia of Prussia. He trained as an army officer at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and later at the Hellenic Military Academy in Kypseli, Athens. Paul was an army officer cadet in the Coldstream Guards and Lieutenant with the Evzones.

From 1917 to 1920, Paul lived in exile with his father, Constantine I. From 1923 to 1935, he lived in exile again in England, this time with his brother, George II. He worked briefly in an aircraft factory under an alias, and through Viscount Tredegar met and befriended notorious literary muse Denham Fouts, who later alleged an affair. However, Fouts's friend John B. L. Goodwin said Fouts often made up stories about his life, and literary critic Katherine Bucknell thought many of the tales about him were myth.

On 9 January 1938, Paul married Princess Frederica of Hanover, his first cousin once removed (a great-niece of Paul's mother Sophia), at Athens. They had three children:
Sophia, Queen of Spain (born 1938). Constantine II, King of the Hellenes (born 1940). Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (born 1942).

During most of World War II, from 1941 to 1946, when Greece was under German occupation, Paul was with the Greek government-in-exile in London and Cairo. From Cairo, he broadcast messages to the Greek people.

Paul returned to Greece in 1946. He succeeded to the throne in 1947, on the death of his childless elder brother, King George II, during the Greek Civil War (between Greek Communists and the non-communist Greek government). In 1947 he was unable to attend the wedding of his first cousin, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the future Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom as he was suffering from typhoid fever.

By 1949 the Civil War was effectively over, with the Communist insurgents ceasing the majority of their operations, and the task of rebuilding the shattered north of the country began.

In the 1950s Greece recovered economically, and diplomatic and trade links were strengthened by Paul’s state visits abroad. He became the first Greek Monarch to visit a Turkish Head of State. However, links with Britain became strained over Cyprus, where the majority Greek population favored union with Greece, which Britain, as the colonial power, would not endorse. Eventually, Cyprus became an independent state in 1960.

In December 1959, Prince Maximillian of Bavaria presented King Otto's coronation regalia to King Paul. It had been almost a century since they were last in Greece.

Meanwhile, republican sentiment was growing in Greece. Both Paul and Frederica attracted criticism for their interference in politics, frequent foreign travels, and the cost of maintaining the Royal Family. Paul responded by economising and donated his private estate at Polidendri to the State.

In 1959, he had an operation for a cataract, and in 1963 an emergency operation for appendicitis. In late February 1964, he underwent a further operation for stomach cancer, and died about a week later in Athens. He was succeeded by his son, Constantine II.

In March 2014, a memorial service took place at Tatoi Palace in Athens commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Paul's death. Members of the Greek and Spanish royal families were present.

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Paul I, King of Greece's Timeline

December 14, 1901
Tatoi, Greece
December 14, 1901
- November 3, 1935
Athens, Attica, Attica, Greece
November 3, 1935
- April 1, 1947
Age 33
Athens, Attica, Attica, Greece
November 2, 1938
Athens, Attica, Greece
June 2, 1940
14 Leoforos Diamantidou, Psychiko, Greece
May 11, 1942
Cape Town, South Africa
April 1, 1947
- March 6, 1964
Age 45
Athens, Greece
April 1, 1947
- March 6, 1964
Age 45
Athens, Attica, Attica, Greece