Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kings of Greece--

Otto I of Greece

Otto of Hellas
His lover was:
File:King George I of Greece Southwell Bros.jpg
George I of Greece
@ Wikipedia

King of Greece

Also known as:
George I of Greece
born Prince Christian Vilhelm Ferdinand Adolf Georg of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Prince Wilhelm von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg.

Son of: Christian IX of Denmark & Louise von Hessen.

Husband ofOlga Konstantinova of Russia, mar 1867

His lover was:
1) Euphrosyne Soutsos.

Granddaughter of Alexander Soutsos, Prince of Moldavia.

"The romantic adventure of young King George I, newly arrived in Greece after the dethronement of Otto, with Euphrosyne Soutsos, granddaughter of Prince of Moldavia, Alexander Soutsos upset the then Greek government, the King's family in Denmark, nearly cost king George his throne. The young king first met the beautiful Athenian daughter in a dance at the home of her father and fell in love instantly. The affair was soon on everyone's lips. The general perception was that the king should not be connected with a Greek but had to marry some European princess that would ensure alliances for the country. When George decided to ask miss Soutsos hand in marriage, his father King Christian of Denmark finally intervened demanding the liaison was ended for the good of the country. King George had no choice but to give in ..." (Elena's Diary)

Konstantinos I of Greece.

His lover was:
Wanda Paola Lottero
Wanda Paola Lottero (1881-1963)
Lover in 1913-1923.

Also known as:
Paola Lottero
Paola Maria Lottero
Paola von Ostheim.

"The most notorious of the affairs was the one of King Constantine I and Princess Paola von Ostheim while he was married to Queen Sofia. Paola, the former wife of Prince Hermann von Ostheim had a reputation as a woman of light morals. The daughter of a humble Italian family, Paola's purpose in life seemingly was to drain her lovers financially after wisely choosing them for their rank and wealth. She met the king in 1913 and thus begun a stormy relationship that left behind a series of letters from the king to his mistress. Paola would publicise them for profit after the king's death. King Constantine showered her with jewelry, lace, clothing, money and even ancient jewelry dug out by Schliemann. Their affair or at least their correspondence would last until the end of the king's life in exile, in 1923 ..." (Elena's Diary)

She later married Prince Hermann von Sachsen-Weimar but divorced later. (Royal Europe)

"...Constantine was forced again to abdicate in 22 September 1922 in favour of his first son Georg. Constantine was thought to have had an affair with Paola Maria Lottero (later von Ostheim) morganatic wife of Prince Hermann Carl of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach who renounced his rights on 2 August 1909 (prior to his marriage) and was created Count von Ostheim...." (Raymond)

"...Hermann, now Count Ostheim, morganatically married Wanda Paola Lottero, an Italian stage actress, on 5 September 1909 in London. They visited the United States on several occasions. They were divorced two years later, on 22 June 1911 after Wanda grew tired of supporting him with her earnings and divorced him on the grounds of financial 'non-support', 'cruelty', and 'infidelity'. Wanda later gained notoriety for having a short-lived affair with Constantine I of Greece in 1912..."  (Wikipedia)

References:  [Fam1:Peerage] [Fam2:GeneAll] [Ref1:Esoteric Curiosa] [Ref2:Extra Confidencial]
George II of Greece
King of Greece
1922-1924 & 1935-1947.

Giorgios I of Greece
& Elisabeth of Romania
@ Wikipedia
Husband of Elisabeth of Romania (1894-), mar 1921-1845
daughter of Ferdinand I of Romania & Marie of Edinburgh.

His lover was:
Joyce Brittain-Jones
@ Esoteric Curiosa

1) Joyce Wallach (d.1974)
Lover in 1935-1947.

Lady-in-waiting to Princess Katerina of Greece.

Also known as:
Mrs. Joyce Brittan-Jones
Mrs. Joyce Boxshall
Mrs. Joyce Brittain-Jones
Mrs. Joyce Britten-Jones

Wife ofJack Brittain-Jones, Aide-de-Camp to Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India.

"George II, had married Elizabeth of Romania in 1921, but the marriage ended after 14 years in what was the first royal divorce in Greek History. At that time, shortly before his return to the throne, on a trip to India, George met the woman who would become his mistress until the end of his life. Joyce Brittain-Jones, wife of a British officer in India, and the exiled king fell in love and spent most of the next decade together in Athens, where his mistress followed him and became a lady in waiting of his sister, Princess Catherine. After the war they lived together in London. Brittain Jones was unable to follow the King on his return to Greece and remained in Britain, probably fear then possible consequences of a scandal in a particularly turbulent period for Greece. They were separated in 1946 and were not able to see each other again until the sudden death of the King in April 1947 ..." (Elena's Diary)

"Back on boa the Nahlin, the group was discussing the evening and George II's attachment to divorcee Mrs. Brittain-Jones. She was his constant companion, with whom the king had found great love and solace since his loveless marriage to Princess Elisabeth of Romania had ended in divorce the year before. 'Why doesn't he just marry her?' asked Wallis. Without thinking, one of the guests replied in astonished tones that it was impossible for the king to marry a woman who was both a commoner and a divorcee. Hearing this statement of fact voiced out loud, mirroring his own plight, clearly rankled with Edward. . . ." (The Real Wallis Simpson: 99)

An exceedingly good-looking Englishwoman.

"The dinner at King George's magnificent rented villa in Corfu, up a winding hill lined with cypress trees, was, according to Diana Cooper, 'A!.' On the large formal terrace, she sat next to the Greek monarch, with Wallis on George's other side. Diana observed Edward turn the full force of his charm onto 'an exceedingly good-looking Englishwoman'  called Joyce Brittain-Jones. Lady Diana disparagingly referred to her as 'Mrs. Jones.' Diana noted Wallis 'doing splendidly, the wisecracks following in quick succession, the king clearly very admiring and amused.' The dinner wen on until 1:30 a.m., by which time Diana was 'nearly crying ' with fatigue." ((The Real Wallis Simpson: 98)

" . . . King Peter of Yugoslavia and King George of Greece had both evacuated from Crete to Cairo with private entourages, and George's long-time mistress Joyce Britten-Jones, the English wife of a captain in the Black Watch who had been ADC to the Viceroy when King George visited India in the early 1930s, flew from London to Cairo to be with him." (Olivia Manning: A Woman at War: 121)

"Macmillan also had it fixed in his mind that George II of the Hellenes was homosexual, which may or may not have been fair, given that he was equally known to enjoy the favours of a beautiful English divorcee in Cairo, Mrs. Joyce Brittain-Joyce...." (Macmillan: The Official Biography

"The first noted arrival was that of Joyce Britten-Jones, King George of Greece's long time mistress, on her way to join him in Greece. Anthony Eden sent a message to Lampson, asking him to look after her and to treat her visit to Cairo as 'very hush-hush'. Artemis Cooper recounted how the 'secret' landing actually took place: 'As it happened [Mrs Britten-Jones] arrived in a blaze of glory. Peter Coates, representing General Wavel, had been sent to Heliopolis airport to meet General de Gaulle. All the Free French dignitaries of Cairo had gathered on the runway: the door of the plane opened, the band struck up the Marseillaise -- and out stepped Mrs. Britten-Jones. She had shared the General's flight on the last lap of her long journey from London to Cairo and he had courteously let her precede him out of the plane.'"  (Al-Ahram)

"...The Italians had invaded Greece in October 1940, followed by the Germans in April 1941. In connections with the Greek War Relief Fund that had been incorporated in November 1940, King George II of the Hellenes (Greece) came with his mistress, Mrs. Joyce Britten-Jones, to Pine Avenue in June 1942. . . ." (J.W. McConnell: Financier, Philanthropist, Patriot: 259)

"In Corfu, Wallis and David dined with King George II of the Hellenes, only recently restored to the Greek throne after a forced exile.  Also present was the King's mistress, Mrs. Britten-Jones, an English-woman, who had just been divorced from her husband.  This peculiar situation, with the two cousins who reigned over their respective countries sitting side by side with their respective mistresses, did not go unreported, and the news of the luncheon caused a riot of gossip among London society."  (The Duchess of Windsor: 165)

Spouses & children:  She married 1) in 1924, divorced later, Jack Brittain-Jones, aide-de-camp to Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India and their daughter was Pauleen Victoria; and 2) in 1949,  Lt. Col. Edwin Boxshall with whom she had daughter Paulee Alers.

First Encounter.
 " . . . Mrs. Joyce Brittain-Jones met King George II in India in 1930, where she and her husband, Jack-Brittain-Jones, who served in 1st Battalion Black Watch, lived. . . Joyce joined the king in Athens after his recall to the throne in November 1935. (Royal Musings)

References:  [Bio1:Royal Musings] [Ref1:Milwaukee Sentinel] [Ref1:Royal Musings] [Ref2:Alexander Palace] [Ref3:Milwaukee Sentinel]

Elisabeta of Romania
Queen of Greece
Queen of Greece

Daughter of Ferdinand I of Romania & Marie of Edinburgh.

Wife of Giorgios II of the Hellenes (1890-1947)
King of Greece 1922-1924 & 1935-1947, mar 1921-1845

Her lover was:
Alexandru Scavani.
Romanian banker.

"In Romania, Elisabeth and George II's relationship deteriorated and the couple divorced in 1935. Very close to her brother, King Carol II of Romania, the princess amassed an important fortune, partly due to financial advice of her lover, the banker Alexandru Scavani. After the death of her mother, Queen Marie, in 1938 and the dethronement of Carol II in 1940, Elisabeth took up the role of First Lady of Romania. . . ." (Wikipedia)

"Elisabeta asked for the Romanian citizenship, lost through marriage, to be restored to her and as a princess sought a quiet and more comfortable life in her native country. In that regard she benefited from Romania’s economic flourishing after the general crisis of the early 1930s and the help of an able, though controversial, business adviser in the person of Alexandru Scavany, her chamberlain. In March 1935 she bought the Banloc domain in Western Romania, a magnificent country property that became one of her main residencies where she was for the first time free to properly pursue her own ideas in matters of house decoration and develop a farming enterprise." (Lost in the Myth of History)

" . . . Meanwhile, George II had lived first in Bucharest and latterly in London. His childless marriage to Elisabeth of Romania had floundered as she took to the gaming tables, grew fact and presently settled down with a lover called Alexander Scavani, her husband's banker, who served as her chamberlain. In 1935 a quick divorce was granted in Bucharest on the grounds of 'desertion.'" (Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece)
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, father of Prince Philip
Andrew of Greece
Andrew of Greece

Also known as:
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.
Prince Andrew of Greece  and Princess Alice of Battenberg /Prince Philip's parents/on their wedding day:
Alice of Battenberg
& Andrew of Greece

His lover was:
Andree de La Bigne.

"As early as the 1930s Andrea had formed a friendship with Comtesse Andree de La Bigne, who had been brought up on the fringes of the intellectual world of Max Jacob and Andre Germain and was said to have enjoyed an undistinguished career on the stage. She was the granddaughter of Valtesse de La Bigne, a Second Empire courtesan and mistress of Napoleon III, who had also flirted lesbianically with the courtesan Liane de Pougy. The latter described Andree de La Bigne in the 1920s as 'all golden in a dress of blue Japanese silk -- really stunning, that girl.'" (Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece: 308)

"Exile was in a St. Cloud mansion belonging to Andrea's brother married to Princess Marie Bonaparte, who had the added advantage of being the granddaughter of M. Blanc, the founder of the Monte Carlo Casino. Indeed Prince George was soon living with the wealthy widowed actress Madame Andree de la Bigne, on her yacht Davida in Monte Carlo, where he was to died in 1944 leaving Philip his cuff links."

Effects of Prince Andrew's affair on his family.
"'When he [Prince Philip] needed father,' said the man who was Prince Philip's first private secretary, 'there just wasn't anybody there.' It had been a lonely childhood. His parent's marriage had disintegrated. His mother left to join a religious order. His father just left. The young Prince of Greece was passed around on duty but short on affection. His children's marriages have all been unhappy. Last week, another of his sons separated and his daughter remarried. If his own life had been different, might theirs?'" (Independent)

"There can have been no communication between Alice and Andrea since she last saw him in 1939. During these years Andrea had been stuck in the south of France, drifting between Cannes and Monte Carlo. Gilbert Beale had given his yacht to the British Royal Navy in 1940, after which Andrea had spent some of his time aboard Davida, belonging to the Townsends. In 1940 he bought it from the Townsends for a nominal sum and then transferred ownership in 1942 to the Society Maritime Suisse. Meanwhile the yacht remained in the south of France." (Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece: 307)

Friederike of Hanover
Queen of Greece
Queen of Greece.

Her lover was:
Allen Dulles.

"Another of Dulles’s conquests, according to several accounts, was Queen Frederika of Greece. In 1958 she came to the United States on a tour with her son, the future King Constantine II, and just as her trip was about to end, she announced without explanation that she would stay for another week. She came to Washington, discussed “spiritual values” with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office and then visited Dulles at C.I.A. headquarters. They had been alone in his office for nearly an hour when an aide knocked. Hearing no response, he entered. He found the office empty, but heard noises from the adjoining dressing room. Later Dulles and the queen emerged. As she was being driven back to the Greek Embassy, the queen suggested one reason Greek-American relations were so strong. “We just love that man!” she exclaimed." (NYT)
Prince George of Greece
Prince of Greece & Denmark.

Son of Giorgios I of the Hellenes Olga Konstantinova of Russia.

Husband of Princess Marie Bonaparte

Also known as Princess George of Greece.
Prince Giorgios of Greece
as High Commissioner in Corfu, 1902

His lover was:
his uncle:

Physical Traits & Personal Qualities:  "...He is six feet, four inches tall, weighs 240 pounds, and is an athlete second to none...." (Esoteric Curiosa)

"The sexual relationship between Prince George and Prince Valdemar, who was 9 years older, may’ve started when George was 14 and was sent to live with his uncle in order to be trained for the Danish navy. The sailor prince’s romantic devotion to Valdemar, who was an admiral, was such that he remained unmarried until he was 39. Although George spent the duration of their honeymoon doubled over in crying fits from being separated from his one true gay incestuous love, Marie was not made fully aware of the situation until Valdemar’s wife, Princess Marie d’Orleans, appraised her during her first visit to her in-laws after her wedding. Although George and Marie managed to have two children, she found their sex life distinctly unsatisfying." (Royal Foibles)

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