Funeral of Late Greek King Constantine II Held in Athens

**Funeral Ceremony of Constantine II, Former King of Greece, Held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of Saint Mary**

On Monday, members of royal families across Europe attended the funeral ceremony of the former King of Greece Constantine II, to pay their last tribute to the ruler who had died at the age of 82. The ceremony was held at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of Saint Mary in Athens and was attended by dignitaries from Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Monaco, Norway and Luxembourg.

Princess Anne, sister of Charles III and cousin of Constantine, represented the British Royal Family at the ceremony. Although, the Greek press speculated on the possible presence of Prince William, Costantino II’s godson, there was no such official presence.

A coffin with the remains of Constantine was kept in a chapel of the church of Saint Eleutherius until 10am and was covered with a large cloth, in the country’s blue and white national colors. Nearly 187 guests attended the ceremony, held in private according to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ decision.

The death of the former monarch has raised the issue of his role during the dictatorship of the colonels and his departure from Greece in 1968 after their rise to power. He had returned to his country in 2013. The monarchy in Greece was abolished by a 1974 referendum.

Constantine was married to Anne-Marie, sister of Margaret II, Queen of Denmark, and had five children. He will be buried in private at the former royal residence in Tatoi near Athens, where other members of the sovereign family are also buried.

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