Christina Oxenberg

Christina Oxenberg (Serbian: Кристина Оксенберг, born December 27, 1962) is a Serbian-American writer, humorist, and fashion designer.[1][2][3] She has written seven books,[4] and her writing has been featured in magazines and publications like Allure, The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, and others.[5] Her two knitwear clothing lines, Christina Oxenberg and Ox, have appeared in Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, and luxury boutiques throughout the world.[2][5][6] Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karađorđević.[1][7]

Christina Oxenberg was born in New York City. She is a daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (born 1936) and her first husband Howard Oxenberg (1919–2010),[8] a Jewish[9] dress manufacturer and close friend of the Kennedy family. Princess Elizabeth is the only daughter of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (who served as regent for his cousin’s eldest son King Peter II of Yugoslavia) and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. She has a full sister, Catherine Oxenberg, and a half-brother on her mother’s side, Neil Balfour (born 1970).[10] On her father’s side she has two half-brothers, Starr and Robert Oxenberg, and a half-sister, Ashley Harcourt.[11]

Elizabeth is a maternal first cousin of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, and also a maternal second cousin of Queen Sofía of Spain and Charles, Prince of Wales, making Christina a third cousin of Felipe VI of Spain and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[12] Through her maternal grandfather Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, of the House of Karađorđević, Christina is also a great-great-great-granddaughter of Karageorge, who started the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804.

Christina Oxenberg’s maternal grandmother, Princess Olga, was the daughter of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia and Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, himself the son of another Romanov grand duchess, Queen Olga Konstantinovna of the Hellenes and her Danish-born husband King George of Greece, brother of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and the Empress Maria Fyodorovna. Princess Olga was the sister of Princess Marina, who married Prince George, Duke of Kent (an uncle of Queen Elizabeth II); and Olga/Marina were also paternal first cousins of the Duke of Edinburgh (husband of Queen Elizabeth II) through their respective fathers Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who were brothers.[12]

She attended 14 different schools in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain,[1][2][13] including the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in Kensington, and graduated from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, in 1981.[1]

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