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Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Tatiana of Greece announce shocking divorce news - details

The royal couple had been married for 14 years

Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
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19 April 2024
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Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Tatiana of Greece have announced their divorce after 14 years of marriage.The heartbreaking news was announced by the Greek royal family on 19 April.

"Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana after fourteen years of living together, have decided to dissolve their marriage. Both express the difficulty of this decision, the deep appreciation and respect they have for each other, but also the love with which they have walked all these years," the statement read.

Princess Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Tatiana leave in a horse drawn carriage after getting married at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) on August 25, 2010© Chris Jackson
The couple married in 2010

"The same values of respect and understanding will form the basis of their relationship in the future, a relationship of deep and sincere friendship. They will continue to live and work in Greece, a place where they both feel at home. The family will always be at their side. Thank you very much for your respect and discretion."

Nikolaos and events planner Tatiana walked down the aisle on 25 August 2010, and their wedding proved to be the event of the year, with several European royals in attendance including Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and future kings Felipe VI of Spain and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

 Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece, attend a Gala Banquet hosted by The Government at The Opera House as part of the Celebrations of the 80th Birthdays of  King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway. on May 10, 2017 © Julian Parker
Tatiana was an events planner at the time of her wedding to Nikolaos

The engagement was confirmed on 29 December 2009, with a simple statement from Nikolaos' father, which read: "HM Queen Anne-Marie and I are delighted to announce the engagement of our son Nikolaos to Tatiana Blatnik."

Although the couple were married for 14 years years, they didn't welcome any children during their time together. However, she found joy as an aunt, commenting in 2021: "Being an aunt is one of the biggest blessings in my life. My niece and nephew bring so much joy and happiness to everyone in our family. They are wise beyond their years and are some of the best teachers, constantly teaching me new things."

Arriving at her wedding,  Tatiana was breathtaking in an ivory Angel Sanchez gown with a chantilly lace overlay, teamed with a matching bolero and full-length veil. Completing the regal yet feminine look was a pair of diamond drop earrings and the antique corsage tiara, that came from her mother-in-law Queen Anne-Marie.

Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Sofia of Sweden, Prince Nikolaos  of Greece and Princess Tatiana Greece  attend  a lunch on the Norwegian Royal yatch "Norge" to celebrate the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway on May 10 2017© Nigel Waldron
The pair are close with several European royals

Nikolaos and Tatiana married at the 19th-century monastery of Ayios Nikolaos. The after-party continued with a reception overlooking the ancient harbor amidst the backdrop of the Mediterranean's crystal waters lapping against Garifalo beach.

Speaking to Vogue after her wedding, Tatiana said: "I do not feel like a princess. I do not feel that I married a prince, with a title. Well actually, yes, he is my prince, but nothing more. It's a privilege, and an honor, to be part of the family."

Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark and Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark attend the Thanksgiving Service for King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George's Chapel on February 27, 2024 © Chris Jackson
Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark and Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark attend the Thanksgiving Service for King Constantine of the Hellenes at St George's Chapel on February 27, 2024

In a surprise confession, Tatiana admitted that becoming a royal had little impact on her life, as she explained: "I live a very simple life here. I work, I go to the supermarket, I cook, I walk my dog, and the Greek people have welcomed me like they would anyone else. There's a word here, philoxenia, a love of strangers, and I've really felt that very strongly here."

The couple were last seen together on 27 February, when they were in attendance at a service of thanksgiving for Nikolaos' late father, King Constantine, who died on 10 January 2023. The royals wore black outfits for the solemn occasion and arrived at St George's Chapel in Windsor alongside Nikolaos' sister, Princess Alexia.

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark (Tatiana Blatnik) kiss after getting married at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) on August 25, 2010 in Spetses, Greece. Representatives from Europe�s royal families will join the many guests who have travelled to the island to attend the wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece, the second son of King Constantine of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik an events planner for Diane Von Furstenburg in London.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)© Chris Jackson
The duo have separated "amicably"

The monarchy of Greece existed between 1832 and 1924 before being re-established in 1935 before finally being abolished in 1974 following a referendum. The last monarchy in Greece hailed from the House of Glucksburg, which previously had rulers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and northern Germany. The Greek monarchy still had a close bond with the Danish royal family, with Queen Anne-Marie hailing from the country.

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The royal family was overthrown in Greece after Constantine attempted to launch a counter-coup against the military junta that had taken control of Greece in 1967. Constantine fled the country when his coup failed and the junta held a referendum in 1973 which abolished the monarchy. When parliamentary democracy was restored to the country a year later, a second referendum was held, but the result was the same.

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