Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Former King Constantine of Greece to be buried as a civilian

ATHENS ( Associated Press) – Greece’s last King Constantine will be buried as a civilian at Tatoi, the former summer residence of Greek royalty, where his parents and grandparents are also buried, the government said Wednesday.

Constantine, a controversial figure in Greek history, died in a hospital late Tuesday at the age of 82. The Greek monarchy was abolished by referendum in 1974, and Constantine spent decades in exile before returning to Greece in his later years.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a ministerial meeting on the issue on Wednesday. Constantine’s family announced that the funeral would take place in the Cathedral of Athens. He added that the exact timing of the funeral and burial, and how long the remains will remain in the church, “will be determined at a future date.”

Mitsotakis’ office said the government would be represented at the ceremony by the culture minister and “all protocol procedures for foreign dignitaries attending funerals would be followed.”

Some in Greece are nostalgic for the monarchy, but other European royals, some of whom are related to Constantine, will attend the funeral.

Constantine’s older sister is Sofia, wife of Spain’s emeritus King Juan Carlos I, while the late Prince Philip, husband of the late Queen Elizabeth II of England, was his uncle. Constantine was one of the godfathers of Prince William, the heir to the British crown.

The family, which ruled Greece from 1863 except for a 12-year hiatus from 1922–1935, was descended from Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg House of Danish royalty, later Christian IX of Denmark.

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