On Saturday in Athens, a descendant of the former Greek royal family was married in the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral for the first time since the end of the monarchy. Today, I’m bringing you all the royal jewels worn at the wedding of Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark and Nina Flohr.
Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, as his title suggests, is a member of the former Greek royal family, as well as a member of the extended Danish royal family. He’s the son of King Constantine II, the last Greek monarch, and his Danish-born wife, Queen Anne-Marie. Philippos’s royal connections are extensive. He was born after the Greek monarchy was abolished, but his aunt, Queen Margrethe II, currently sits on the Danish throne, and his first cousin, King Felipe VI, is the current monarch in Spain. Philippos is now 35 and lives in New York, where he works for Ortelius Capital Partners, an investment group specializing in hedge funds and private equity.
Philippos is the youngest of the five children of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie. The first three (Princess Alexia, Crown Prince Pavlos, and Prince Nikolaos) were born in the 1960s, before the Greek monarchy was abolished. Later, after the family had settled in exile in London in the 1980s, Princess Theodora and Prince Philippos completed the family. Philippos may not have grown up in a royal palace, but he was surrounded by royal family members from the start. At his baptism in 1986, the list of his godparents was a very royal roster: the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess of Wales, King Juan Carlos of Spain (his uncle), Princess Benedikte of Denmark (his aunt), Infanta Elena of Spain, Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, and Lady Romsey (now Countess Mountbatten of Burma).
Prince Philippos’s bride, 34-year-old Nina Flohr, is a Swiss businesswoman. Her father, Thomas Flohr, is the billionaire founder of the aviation company VistaJet. Her mother, Katharina Flohr, is a former luxury magazine editor who also served for several years as the creative director for Fabergé. Today, Katharina works as an executive with Santi Jewels. Nina has worked in the past as a creative director for her father’s airline, and she’s also a founder of a luxury resort and environmental conservation center in Mozambique.
Philippos and Nina were engaged on the island of Ithaca in Greece in the summer of 2020. On December 12, 2020, the couple were married in a private civil ceremony in St. Moritz in the bride’s native Switzerland. Because of pandemic restrictions, only two witnesses were able to attend the ceremony: the couple’s fathers, King Constantine and Thomas Flohr.
Just as she did for her civil wedding ceremony, the bride wore a gown by Chanel for her religious wedding. Nina paired the gown with a lengthy veil, anchored by the Antique Corsage Tiara. The tiara is a converted diamond and pearl corsage ornament that belonged to Queen Victoria of Sweden, the groom’s great-great-grandmother. Nina borrowed the tiara from her new mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie. She becomes the third Greek royal bride (after Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Princess Tatiana) to wear the tiara.
Nina chose not to wear earrings with her bridal ensemble. Instead, she finished off the look with a gold and pearl bangle bracelet, plus rings on both hands.
The entire Greek royal family was on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion, as were Nina’s parents, Thomas and Katharina Flohr.
Philippos’s father, 81-year-old King Constantine II of Greece, arrived in a wheelchair. His eldest grandson, Prince Constantine, escorted his grandfather as he arrived at and departed from the cathedral.
Queen Anne-Marie wore a shimmering blue gown for the nuptials of her youngest son. She accessorized with several familiar pieces of jewelry. She wore her diamond cross pendant, also worn for her own wedding in 1964, with pearls. She also wore the pendant for the wedding of both of her older sons, Crown Prince Pavlos and Prince Nikolaos. She also wore her pearl drop earrings with the diamond floral stud (also often seen at royal events), plus diamond and gold bracelets and multiple rings.
Several of Philippos’s royal aunts were in attendance at the wedding as well. Princess Benedikte of Denmark (his mother’s sister) was there, as were Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark and Queen Sofia of Spain (his father’s sisters). Only Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was missing from the group.
Princess Benedikte, who is also one of Philippos’s godmothers, dazzled in diamonds and pearls with a green velvet gown. The most exciting pieces from her ensemble are probably the paired floral brooches pinned to her dress. These are components from her Floral Birthday Tiara.
Here’s another view that shows off the brooches. Benedikte also wore diamond and pearl drop earrings, a diamond necklace, and diamond and gold bracelets, plus rings on both hands.
Queen Sofia wore a gorgeous tiered gown in a duochrome shade of green, paired with pearls. From her pearl necklace, she suspended a Greek royal jewel: Queen Friederike’s Ruby Pendant.
She also wore stacked bracelets on both wrists.
Princess Irene also wore an impressive jewel: a long diamond necklace.
Philippos’s siblings and their children were all present for the nuptials. Here’s Princess Alexia, the eldest of the five, with her family. She’s been married to Spanish architect Carlos Morales Quintana since 1999, and they have four children: Arrietta, Carlos, Anna, and Amelia.
Alexia wore long earrings and a necklace with a circular pendant for the occasion.
Here’s a closer look at the jewels worn by Arrietta Morales y de Grecia (with her brother, Carlos). She wore earrings with small drops and a ring on her left hand. (With a jade stone, perhaps?)
Anna and Amelia Morales y de Grecia were bridesmaids at the wedding.
The entire Greek crown princely family was at the wedding as well. Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal posed with their five children (plus the two littlest bridesmaids) after the ceremony.
Pavlos and Marie-Chantal arrived at the ceremony with two of their sons, Prince Achileas and Prince Aristidis.
Marie-Chantal wore a bracelet of pave-set beads, plus matching earrings, with her outfit. She also added one of her favorite touches, a long delicate necklace.
Two more members of the crown princely family, Prince Odysseas and Princess Olympia, arrived together for the nuptials. (Their brother, Prince Constantine, arrived with their grandfather.) Olympia wore a blue column gown and carried a clutch bag made to resemble a book (to be more specific, The Travels of Babar).
She also added pearl drop earrings to her outfit.
Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, the third child of Constantine and Anne-Marie, attended the ceremony with his wife, Princess Tatiana. She wore an unusual pair of fringed hoop earrings for the event.
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark rounded out the sibling group. She wore a pair of modern pearl and diamond drop earrings that she’s had in her jewelry box for over a decade, plus a delicate necklace and a tennis-style bracelet. She attended without her fiancé, Matthew Kumar, but she still appears to be wearing her engagement ring on her left hand. (She’s also got a lovely pearl ring on her right.)
Numerous members of the extended family were present as well. Princess Benedikte arrived at the wedding with her daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, and Alexandra’s new husband, Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille. Infanta Elena of Spain, who is also one of Philippos’s godparents, arrived with them.
Princess Alexandra wore a blingy pair of diamond earrings with a Danish heirloom jewel. She pinned Princess Thyra’s Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, borrowed from her mother, at the neckline of her gown.
With a glittery jacket, Infanta Elena wore a modern pave-set necklace with a matching bracelet.
Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, a cousin of the king, attended with his wife, the Greek artist Marina Karella. She wore jewels set with diamonds and rubies, including a brooch in the shape of a fleur-de-lis. (Michael’s mother was a French princess.) Marina also wore a pair of emerald rings on her right hand.
From the British branch of the extended Greek royal family, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York were both in attendance with their husbands. They’re granddaughters of the late Duke of Edinburgh, who, like the groom, was born Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark. Beatrice arrived alongside her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Beatrice, as usual, didn’t wear much jewelry for the occasion, but her dress came with its own sequin bow embellishment.
And here’s Princess Eugenie, arriving with her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
Like her sister, she kept her jewelry extremely minimal.
The Greek royals are also closely related to the former royal family of Hanover. (Queen Friederike, grandmother of the groom, was a Hanoverian princess.) The Hanoverians were represented by the younger Prince Ernst-August and his wife, Ekaterina (in the sparkling gown with the cape detail), as well as Prince Christian and his wife, Alessandra (in the bright coral pink dress). The princes’ mother, Chantal Hochuli (in green), was also present for the ceremony.
All three of the ladies from the family looked lovely, but Princess Alessandra’s gown was particularly eye-catching. The dress included a green bejeweled embellishment at the neckline, designed to resemble the classic necklaces of the early nineteenth century.
Behind Eduardo, Beatrice, and the socialite Alice Naylor-Leyland, you’ll spot two more familiar faces. Andrea Casiraghi can be spotted on the right side of this image…
…and his wife, Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, is between Edoardo and Beatrice in this picture.
Here’s a look at the guests as they spilled out of the cathedral after the wedding. He’s not pictured here, but the royal contingent also included Prince Kyril of Bulgaria (another of Philippos’s godparents) and a companion.
And here’s one more look at the bride and groom. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness for Philippos and Nina!