Charles III and Prince William mourn the death of a loved one
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday sent his “sincere condolences” to the family of former Greek king Constantine II, who died the day before in a private hospital in Athens at the age of 82. Constantine II was the cousin of British ruler Charles III and godfather to his son William.
“The eventful journey of former King Constantine has been marked and marked by turbulent moments in the contemporary history of the country“, said the conservative Prime Minister, quoted in a press release from his services.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the death of the former king”now marks the formal epilogue, also on a human level, of a chapter that has definitively closed (in Greece editor’s note) with the 1974 referendum“.
The monarchy in Greece was abolished by referendum in 1974 which, with a 70% majority, ended the Danish dynasty established in 1863 by Constantine II’s great-grandfather, George I. Descendant of the royal family of Schleswig-Holstein-Glücksburg, Constantine was the cousin of the British ruler Charles III and the godfather of his son William. He was also the brother of Sofia, the mother of King Felipe VI of Spain.
Constantin suffered a stroke last week and was hospitalized. But his health, already very weakened in recent years, worsened and he died on Tuesday evening.
Born in Athens on June 2, 1940, Constantin married Anne-Marie, sister of Queen Margaret II of Denmark, and left five children. He had acceded to the throne at the age of 23 in 1964, one of the most turbulent periods in contemporary Greek history, marked by deep political divisions and above all the coup d’etat of the colonels (1967-1974) .
Criticized for not having prevented the junta then, he had left Greece in 1968 and lived forty years in London, before returning to his country in 2013, continuing to call himself “king“despite hostile public opinion towards him.”History now speaks. He will judge Constantin fairly and severely of public life“, indicated Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his press release, stressing that “the man Constantin is already accompanied by grief and respect at the loss of his own life“.
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