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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.

The funeral decisions were announced by the office of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who chaired a ministerial meeting on the matter on Wednesday. The Prime Minister’s Office announced that the date and location of the funeral service would be decided in coordination with the late emperor’s family.

The government will be represented at the ceremony by the Minister of Culture and “all protocol procedures will be followed for foreign dignitaries attending funerals,” the announcement said.

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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