Thursday, January 12, 2023

King Constantine II's Funeral

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King Constantine II's body will be in repose at the Agios Eleftherios Chapel in the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral from 6:00 am to 10:00 January 16.

The chapel will be open for those who wish to pay their respects to the late king.

The funeral service is scheduled to take place at noon at Athens Metropolitan Cathedral.  This will be followed by a private burial at the Tatoi ceremony, where other members of the royal family are buried.

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The marriage of King Constantine II and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark took place at the Metropolitan Cathedral on September 18, 1964.

Several royal houses have already confirmed that they will be attending the funeral:

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson

Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

(Margrethe and Benedikte are Queen Anne Marie's older sisters.)

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

(Queen Sofia is King Constantine's older sister)

Infanta Elena of Spain

Infanta Cristina of Spain

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway

Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (Constantine's younger statement)

Prince Radu of Romania,  representing HM Margareta, Custodian of the Crown

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg


new york texan said...

Dear Marlene,
With the death of his father, RIP, by what title is Crown Prince Pavlos wishing to be addressed hence forward? Does he still want to be known as the crown prince, or has he announced his intention to be known as king, presumably Pavlos II?

Warmest Regards!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

He has not made any announcement but is unlike to change anything as there is no monarchy - and his father and the monarchy were not popular

Caroline said...

Hello Marlene,

Do you expect any member of the British royal family to attend? I know they tend to send representatives to fewer continental royal gatherings, but given the ex-King's long residence in London, apparent closeness to the family (he is Prince William's godfather, I believe?), as well as the older Greek connection via the late Duke of Edinburgh, it seems some representation would be in order. Thanks!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Buckingham Palace confirmed to several reporters yesterday that the Princess Royal and her husband will be attending the funeral. No one else. The Foreign office (govt) decides the level of attendance for the RF. This is not a state funeral. There is also the burden of extra security that would be placed on the host nation for the British royals (the Greek government wants little to do with this funeral. It is a private funeral.

Γιωργος said...

Surprisingly,Liechtenstein royal family did not attend the funeral.There has been no official announcement for this absense!