26 October 2011

Princess Tatiana of Greece is pregnant

Princess Tatiana of Greece, née Blatnik, wife of Prince Nikolaos of Greece, has confirmed to the Danish magazine Billed-Bladet that she is expecting their first child in the spring of 2012.

Prince Nikolaos is the third child and second son of the former King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes. The child will become Their Majesties' tenth grandchild, and would have, if the Greek monarchy had still existed, become no. 8 in the line of succession.

Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana were married at the Greek island of Spetses on 25 August 2010.

Postscript 12 March 2012: In the Billed-Bladet article referred to above the readers were told that Princess Tatiana had "posed" her tummy for the camera and had said "thank you" when the journalist offered his congratulations. Even if the pregnancy was never officially announced, I gathered that it would be strange if the princess didn't understand what the journalist was congratulating her on, and that she didn't want the publicity such an official announcement might lead to. However, according to a message by Stephanie at the Scandinavian Royals Message Board today, she has been in contact with the office of the former King of the Hellenes, which informed her that Princess Tatiana is not pregnant. Similar information has also been posted at the Nobiliana Forum. I can only say that I am sorry that I have contributed to passing on such false information. Normally I am rather critical about passing on information from unofficial sources, so I can only hope that I will get back to my normal standard in the future.

Updated on Monday 12 March 2012 at 23:45 (postscript added); Tuesday 13 March 2012 at 08:45 (postscript text slightly modified), last time Wednesday 2 January 2013 at 18:50 (one correction to the postscript).

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