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Old 11-10-2020, 06:52 AM
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Wearing two tiaras on her Wedding Day was already unsual...

It was told that the Wedding of Princess Sofia costed a lot , a lot of money...
But the Royals do down of the staircase is a regal for the Royal Jewels.

King Constantine was too young and unprepared ! Was he Clever ??
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Old 11-10-2020, 08:33 AM
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Queen Frederike meddled in everything - way too involved in politics, which was a huge mistake for the monarchy. She went around the politicians in power, and also went straight past diplomats to tell the British and Americans what was needed, as if Greece was their top concern in all world matters. She was mostly treated politely by allied diplomats but they dreaded and loathed her.

Though not exactly happy with the state of things in 1970's Greece, Greece's allies were quite content to move along when the family fled abroad and almost nobody who had been dealing with them made any effort to bring them back into the picture. They were quickly shut out, almost as if they had never mattered. The relevant book I cited above is a bit dry and serious, but also very fair and thorough. A picture emerges of George II as *utterly useless* and Frederike as an overbearing and meddlesome “I know best” consort and Queen Mother who overshadowed both her husband and son.

To be fair to her, Frederike was probably well intentioned even in all her blunders, and it certainly did not help matters that during all those years she was the only real “force” within the Royal Family.
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King Constantine was too young and unprepared ! Was he Clever ??
As a sportsman, perhaps...
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Old 11-10-2020, 09:52 AM
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Had King Pavlos lived longer would it have changed anything,I always felt he was held in high regard and respected?
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:14 AM
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Had King Pavlos lived longer would it have changed anything,I always felt he was held in high regard and respected?
Yes, Paul was yet another good man who unfortunately became a monarch at an awful time. And if he had lived and kept the throne, his son may have had a chance to come into his own as a well prepared heir. But there still would still have been the meddler-in-chief to contend with. As Frederike recalls to my mind the fatally misguided Alexandra Feodorovna in her corrosive impact on the monarchy, her son Constantine calls to mind Nicholas II, who was equally unprepared to become ruler during a tumultuous and challenging era.
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:25 AM
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And sadly it was too late when the king offered to exclude Queen Mother from further interference in politics.
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:32 AM
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And sadly it was too late when the king offered to exclude Queen Mother from further interference in politics.
Yet another tragic Greek-Romanov parallel: Similarly it was already too late when panicked relatives (unsuccessfully) urged Nicholas to shut his wife away in a convent in order to salvage the monarchy.
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Old 11-12-2020, 02:47 PM
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It's rather tragic that the Greeks and Romanovs are so closely related Philip was easily available for DNA purposes (yes, that was his mother's side, but you get the point).

As far as Frederika and other cases go, meddling in politics is massively risky when you are clever, and fatal when you think you are. The rumors about her range from such strident anticommunism that she had people's children kidnapped, to yet another Alexandra F. parallel with talk of an affair with CIA director Dulles.

It's very hard to know if any of this is true or even possible, but if it's what enough people in Greece believe, you can see why she starts fights in tavernas.
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Old 11-12-2020, 03:41 PM
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Yet another tragic Greek-Romanov parallel: Similarly it was already too late when panicked relatives (unsuccessfully) urged Nicholas to shut his wife away in a convent in order to salvage the monarchy.
Yes indeed the damage was done and nothing could be salvaged.

Its taken almost 40 years for the king to take up residence since and the Tatoi Palace left to rot as a ghostly reminder of the Greek Royal Family.
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Old 11-12-2020, 05:11 PM
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The sad truth- this was a royal family that was never deeply embraced by the majority of Greeks. I think of the Greek royals as a failed transplant: Some roots grew and indeed took hold for a while, but they were neither strong nor enduring. To me, Frederike's negative impact on the wobbly Greek monarchy was as catastrophic as that of Alexandra Feodorovna on the wobbly Russian monarchy.
I don´t quite agree on this; having watched 100s of old greek movietones from the 1950s and 60s I know how poular both Paul and Frederica were - even more than Kings and Queens of other monarchies whose thrones still exist today.

Paul, but Queen Frederica even more so, have been tremendously hands-on, open and embracing people and when I see them interacting, I sometimes can hardly believe that this was a royal couple in the 1950s, where many other Royals very much kept their distance from "the people". In these old films you can easily see how much the greek King and Queen were cheered and mobbed wherever they went - not even at big splashing occasions, but also average engagements where many 100s of people were waiting eagerly to see the royal couple on normal working days.
When the King died, thousands of people were mourning him, waiting for hours to pass his coffin, lying in state. Some women fainted when the funeral procession passed by.
One must not forget that the greek monarchy was never driven out of the country, especially not under King Paul and Queen Frederica, but had to endure a coup while a young, unexperienced King in office tried to do something about it after he had sacked a very popular old PM against the majority in the greek parliament, and then decided to leave with his family himself. Constantine was not a reluctant Nicolas II. And his mother didn´t really play an influential part when he and Anne-Marie were on the throne - even though anti-monarchist propaganda would wanted to make people believe that. And that narrative still works today! The truth is, that Queen Mother Frederica pretty much retired from many activities (of course, she kept on doing royal engagements like visiting sporting events or opening new clinic wards etc.), after in the mid-1960s criticism appeared about her alleged influence on the monarchy.
And no - Queen Frederica is hardly comperable with the russian Tsarina! These 2 women had very different personalities! The one lady was totally overstrain in many ways of her role as wife of the emperor and as a mother, obviously living somewhere among the clouds, while the other one never lost her feet from the ground and has done a lot of good for the improvement of the life of many greek people.
I think there might be many reasons why F. became unpopular. Attacking the consort, especially when it was a woman, and you are not daring to rival the King in charge, is nothing new. King Paul always made his own decisions and his wife was both political as well as in private his substitute (there was also a big age gap between them) and it is known today that the Queen always looked up to her husband!
Then, Queen Frederica was born a german, which was also nothing that was helpful or would speak for her in the eyes of those opposed against the idea of monarchy. Still, she was popular with many greek people in the countryside. There also was a diffence between the average people in provincial Greece and some parts of the political elite in Athens, who accepted the monarchy because they really couldn´t do something about it, rather than supporting it.
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And no - Queen Frederica is hardly comperable with the russian Tsarina! These 2 women had very different personalities!
But who was comparing personalities? My comparison was about impact: “To me, Frederike's negative impact on the wobbly Greek monarchy was as catastrophic as that of Alexandra Feodorovna on the wobbly Russian monarchy.”

Yes, one was an exceedingly charming extrovert and one a neurotic introvert, but they were both deluded, meddlesome fools who quite wrongly believed that -they- knew best.
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Official visit of King Pavlos and Queen Freideriki to Ethiopia back in 1959

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Paris 1926. Atelier of the Dutch painter Johannes Antonius van Welie (Antoon van Welie).
Prince Pavlos of Greece (later King Pavlos I) poses to the artist for the last details of his portrait. Oil on canvas with dimensions 101.8 cm.X 74cm. Today it belongs to a private collection.


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