Happy 53rd Anniversary to King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece, who got married on this day in 1964. Princess Anne Marie of Denmark was just 13 when she met the then Crown Prince of Greece. Two years later, the couple had fallen in love and gotten engaged, marrying just weeks after her 18th Birthday and a few months after his accession to the throne. The couple have five children and ruled Greece for only three years before spending over 40 years in exile. Recently, the King and Queen have returned to Greece, where they reside in a villa in Porto Heli. In honour of their Anniversary, we are featuring their wedding below-
On the evening before the wedding, King Constantine hosted a grand Banquet and Ball at the Royal Palace of Athens for foreign royal guests.
King Frederik IX of Denmark (the father of the bride) escorted Queen Ingrid (mother of the bride, wearing the Danish Ruby Parure) and Queen Sirikit of Thailand (wearing a Floral Tiara)
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (wearing the Stuart Tiara and Parure) was escorted by King Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (grandfather of the bride) and King Olav of Norway.
Princess Irene of Greece (wearing Queen Sophie’s Diamond Circles Tiara) and then Crown Princess Margrethe of Denmark (wearing the Alexandrine Drop Tiara) were escorted by Prince Rainer of Monaco while Princess Bendikte of Denmark (wearing her Floral Tiara) and Princess Anne of the United Kingdom were escorted by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.
The next day, King Constantine rode with his mother, Queen Frederica, while Princess Anne Marie arrived with her father, King Frederick.
The wedding ceremony took place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation in Athens, and was performed by Archbishop Chrysostomos, the Primate of Greece.
Part of the ceremony involved crowns being held over the heads of the couple, first by Queen Frederica, and then by Crown Prince Harald of Norway, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden, The Prince of Wales, Prince Michael of Greece, Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, Prince Ingolf of Denmark, Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Karl of Hesse and Count Michael Bernadotte. The bridesmaids included Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, Princess Christina of Sweden, Princess Irene of Greece, Princess Margareta of Romania, Princess Tatiana Radziwill, and Princess Clarissa of Hesse.
After the ceremony, the couple rode in a carriage procession back to the Royal Palace of Athens, where a wedding breakfast was held for 80 guests. Soon afterwards, the King and his new Queen left to begin their honeymoon in Corfu.
King Constantine wore his white Field Marshal’s uniform with the sash of the Greek Order of the Redeemer, the stars and collar of his other orders, and his medals. Queen Anne Marie wore a simple gown by Danish designer Jørgen Bender with Princess Margaret of Connaught’s Irish lace veil and the Khedive of Egypt Tiara, which has been worn by all of Queen Ingrid’s female descendants and was inherited by Queen Anne Marie in 2000.