What a gorgeous looking couple! No wonder their children look like they do.
For some reason, I thought the royal family went into exile from Greece after WWII but here they were still in Athens at least in 1964. At first glance it seems such a shame. Does anyone know where I could find the story behind their being forced into exile? What happened?
Here is a short version of events. A military junta of his colonels took power in April 1967. So Constantine and his family fled to Rome in December of the same year. He was formally deposed in June 1973 and a national referendum in 1974 formally abolished the monarchy. :(
As for reference matter, maybe someone could suggest a book title.
Thanks so much Jacqueline. I'll have a feast looking at them. I read somewhere, maybe here, that when they married, Greece had a reputation for treating their royal family like a yo-yo, so maybe they'll be back. Who knows, maybe the crown princess's father will buy back the throne for his daughter. B)
From what little reading I did, the reasons for the royals being kicked out of their country are not all that clear. One problem seems to be that Queen Frederika and Constantine I had ties/family in Germany, which was the main problem in itself, outside of anything they might have done. But the British royal family is thought to be more German than British, and other than occasional snide remarks, it hasn't created an insurmountable problem. The British also changed their name too though to blur the connection.
Other than that, what I saw as a bigger problem was that, with one exception, none of the royal family has ever had any Greek blood. Now one would think that after 100+ years, there would have been some mixing with the locals? I know other monarchies have started with foreign rulers, but have they remained that way successfully?
As for Queen Frederika being too involved in politics, I ran across an interesting letter she had sent to---UN/CIA? specifically asking them to mind their own business and stay out of Greek decisions. It is also accepted that the junta had the US financial support and CIA backing. Now we know, anyone who tells the US to stay out of their affairs is in for big trouble.
Great pictures, Alexandra! :flower: Queen Anne-Marie was an adorable little girl. I espescially loved the one with her peering into the water and some has grapped the back of her dress to keep her from falling in! She must have been a very curious child. And after looking at all these pictures, it makes me think that Anne-Marie was probably the curious, eager, high-spirited child of Queen Ingrid's daughters.