• This man's monocle is rad. - I Am Adam
  • I thought this was a note. - matheau
  • Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark (1888-1940) - Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Aspasia Manos (1896-1972) - Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • There is a date inscribed on the negative, but it may be upside down and/or backwards. Also down here is the blindstamped logo of the original photographers, Thalmand Freres, of Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland. - Wystan

Princess Aspacia, Prince Christopher and Dowager Queen of Greece (LOC)

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Princess Aspacia, Prince Christopher and Dowager Queen of Greece

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.10801

Call Number: LC-B2- 2443-2

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  1. captainslack 86 months ago | reply

    That does not look like a happy marriage.

  2. Harry Angstrom 86 months ago | reply

    What year do you think this picture is taken? Here are some clues from the history of these folks:

    On the right: Greek Prince Christopher (1888-1940). His father was originally a Danish prince (does Christopher look Danish?). Through an unusual twist of history, his Danish father (1845-1913) became King George I of Greece in 1863 when he was only 17. King George had a long rule of 50 years and he was married for 46 years to Olga Konstantinovna (1851-1926) of Russia, they married in 1867. (That seems to be her, in the middle of the photo). They had 8 children, including Christopher who was the youngest. King George was assassinated in 1913 at age 68 (during the first Balkan war). Christopher was then age 25. Queen Olga, age 62, became a dowager at this point, another word for a widow.


    George was succeeded by his and Olga's oldest son who became King Constantine (1868-1923), who was Christopher's brother. Constantine was educated at Heidelberg University in Germany, trained in the Prussian army, and married to a nice Prussian girl, Princess Sophie of Prussia (1870-1932). On her mother's side Sophie's grandparents were Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of England. Her grandfather on her father's side was German emperor and her father was German emperor too and so was her brother, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

    Constantine was king of Greece from 1913-1917. During World War I Greece was neutral but eventually sided with the Allies. Constantine was was forced to abdicate and leave Greece due to his pro-German affiliations and sympathies. He abdicated in favor of his second son (and Olga's grandson) Alexander who did not last long as king.


  3. Harry Angstrom 86 months ago | reply

    Alexander (1893-1920) was king from 1917 to 1920. In 1919 King Alexander scandalously married a commoner, Aspasia Manos, (1896-1972) who is standing on the left, next to Olga. Alexander was was 26 and Aspasia was 23. This scandal led to King Alexander having to flee to Paris. He returned but not long after he died of bites from an altercation in the garden with his two pet monkeys. He was 27. (Not making this up!) Alexander died in October 1920 and his grandmother, Olga, served as Regent of Greece until her son Constantine could return from exile in Switzerland to be king for a second time. He abdicated for the second time, in 1922.

    Prince Christopher married a wealthy American widow in early 1920. He was later to become an uncle of the current Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.







  4. Harry Angstrom 86 months ago | reply

    Olga (1851-1926)
    Christopher: (1888-1940)
    Aspasia (1896-1972)

    If we guess that this is around the time of Aspasia's secret wedding on November 4, 1919 (or Alexander's funeral in 1920) then Olga has been a widow for 6 years and she is 68 in this pic, Chris would be age 31 and Aspasia age 23. But why is it mixed in with a series of photos from 1912? Had anybody heard of Aspasia in 1912? She would have been age 16, and does she look 16? What do you think?

  5. Harry Angstrom 86 months ago | reply

    It appears from this article that Christopher's wife was called "Princess Christopher" and she was kind to Aspasia (aka Mme. Manos)

  6. Dave Caplan 86 months ago | reply

    I've heard of being stiff and formal but this threesome have got it down to a fine art !!

  7. _ilan 86 months ago | reply

    @Harry Angstrom: wow!

  8. BobMeade 85 months ago | reply

    Yes, Harry Angstrom - thanks very much for your information.

    "Dowager" means a widow to the title of her husband. Hence, she was certainly a widow as you say.

    The Dowager is also wearing a widow's peak, or mourning hat - although I have never seen one worn in white before. I assume it is white in celebration of the wedding.

    You may recall many photographs of Queen Victoria wearing a similar headdress, but always in black as mourning for her beloved Prince Albert.

    Sure looks like a wedding day pic to me, and certainly Aspasia is older than 16 years in this pic. Looks like a wedding veil on her head too.

    If Aspasia's wedding was "secret" then it is fascinating that they permitted a photo to make it to a news service.

  9. skibriye 74 months ago | reply

    White mourning was considered a privelege of queens in Europe (although not generally practiced by Orthodox Queens). White mourning was first a privilege of Queens of France. Numerous other queens adopted the practice. There is a famous portrait of Mary Queen of Scots in white mourning for her first husband Francis II of France. However, black mourning was adopted by Catherine de Medici (Mary's first mother-in-law) upon the death of her husband Henri II, and she wore it for the rest of her life. Black mourning then increasingly became the norm for Queens. When Marie Antoinette was taken to be executed she was instructed by her jailers not to wear black mourning, and was provided with a white dress and mob cap. Ironically it seems they didn't realize they were unwittingly giving her the privilege of white mourning which was reserved for Queens.

    Queen Elizabeth the Queeen Mother, while Queen Consort to George VI caused a sensation during a state visit to France in which she wore all white during her entire visit. Her mother the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorn had recently died, and in order not to cast a pall on the state visit with black clothing, the Queen decided to adopt white mourning for her mother. Even more recently the Duch Royal family adopted white mourning upon the death of former Queen Juliana.

  10. Wystan 69 months ago | reply

    Original photo was blindstamped in lower right corner:
    "Thalmand Freres [Brothers]
    Montreux-Vevey [Switzerland]"

    There's also a date inscribed down there,
    but it may be both upside-down and backwards.

  11. greekpunk 65 months ago | reply

    great photo!!

  12. Mando Maniac 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Monocle, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. Lazos1960 15 months ago | reply

    The bride is not Aspacia
    but Anastasia Nonnie May "Nancy" Stewart Oldenburg
    Thus it is a photo of 1 February 1920. Vevey Switzerland.

  14. Pete (LOC P&P) 15 months ago | reply

    Thanks Lazos, we'll look into it before making any changes to the record.

  15. Lazos1960 15 months ago | reply

    Thank you for your reply
    Please find a photo of Aspasia Manos

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