King Constantine (1940 - 2023)


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Any idea why he's a "prins," but the others are "prinds?" (Maybe Constantine's Danish wife pointed out that's not how you spell prince in Danish?)
"Prinds" is an older spelling of "prins".
 
Now I hope the royal family finds some agreement with the State regarding the upkeep of the royal cemetery.

Let us fervently hope. His late Majesty's burial site is elegant and simple, beautiful in fact.

I hardly recognized it from the way it looked a few short weeks ago.
 
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A wonderful family turnout and really nice to see Queen Sofia and her daughters in Athens with the Greek Royal Family.
 
That's amazing they still call him Apapa — 150 years after Christian IX.
 
I love the photos that Achileas chose for his Instagram post. Constantine certainly seems to have been a very loving father and grandfather.
 
His love for sailing and him being an Olympic champion are constants in their posts: it shows how proud he was of that achievement. I guess, when you are born to be king, that's not an 'achievement' (although a disappointment when you are forced out, so that must have felt like an enormous failure), so to be crowned an Olympic champion based on your own achievement must have been extremely important for him and a source of great pride for him and his family.
 
His love for sailing and him being an Olympic champion are constants in their posts: it shows how proud he was of that achievement. I guess, when you are born to be king, that's not an 'achievement' (although a disappointment when you are forced out, so that must have felt like an enormous failure), so to be crowned an Olympic champion based on your own achievement must have been extremely important for him and a source of great pride for him and his family.
It was also the only Greek Olympic gold medal between 1912 and 1980. From what I've read Greece went completely bananas over his win.
 
It was also the only Greek Olympic gold medal between 1912 and 1980. From what I've read Greece went completely bananas over his win.

That makes it even more special for the country where the Olympics originated. I guess it's no surprise that his eldest son called his daughter Olympia.
 
Sailing has been very relevant in his life, he won the Olympic medal, it was highly valued in Greece, because in this time ,we Greeks always boasted that we were the creators of the modern Olympic Games but we never won a medal. When he won the medal it was very important because Greece was the country of the Olympics, it was a matter of national pride. But, going back to the personal, sailing was very relevant in his life, he was vice president of the International Sailing Federation, and later, since 1994, Honorary President of the Federation, he was highly respected, he participated in all the meetings of the Federation and in the decisions to determine the category of the boats and others. ...He was a member since the 50's of the Greek Sailing Federation, and believe me, he has been a very important person for the Greek sailors and they have appreciated him a lot. But that medal gave him the chance to be a member of the IOC, currently he was the oldest honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, the Organization placed the olimpic flags at half mast. The Greek Olympic Committee appreciated him very much, its president Isidoros Kouvelos was at the funeral, and wrote an article defending the King and its historical value. ....

In conclusion, this was not only the victory in the Olympics, it is all the satisfaction that sailing gave him throughout his life, he was a highly respected sailor by all the IOC, the International Sailing Federation, the Greek Olympic Committee who appreciated him very much....

Bravo to Achileas because this is true, the sailing and the sea are part of King Constantine
 
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It was also the only Greek Olympic gold medal between 1912 and 1980. From what I've read Greece went completely bananas over his win.
Sailing was very important in his life. Just a funny point. After he won the Olympic medal, he used his "Sailing career " to travel in Skandinavian countries including Denmark and see more and more Anne-Marie... until the moment they got officially engaged so he didn't need any coverage.

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Olympia made a similar post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Co4ZMSrMwVh/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
People can say whatever they want about the late King, but one thing for certain: he was a devoted family man. Blessed memory.

Why do people-complete strangers-come to that girl's IG to post vitriol against the king?

He is her grandfather. She loved him. Nothing vicious anyone says about him will ever change that.:ermm:
 
A Trisagio in memory of King Konstantinos was performed today by the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Queen Anna-Maria was accompanied by Prince Pavlos and Prince Nikolaos.
 
In the Trisagion in memory of King celebrated by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch: Queen Anna Maria, Queen Sofia , Princess Irene, Prince Pavlos, Prince Nikolaos with Princess Tatiana were present. There is no photos , but some people who were in the Outside the cemetery they say that Prince Filippos was also there. This was private and there are no photos of the moment, only videos with the cars leaving the Tatoi cemetery.

After the Trisagion there was lunch at the Grande Bretagna Hotel with the Patriarch, these photos that have been taken at the entrance of the Hotel , show us the assistants. Finishing lunch Prince Pavlos had to go to catch a plane

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King Constantine's foreign orders:
Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant
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Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog
France: Grand Cross of the Order of the Legion of Honour
Pahlavi Iran Iranian Imperial Family: Recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire
Italy: Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Luxembourg: Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
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Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the House of Orange
Norway: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Olav
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Spain: 1.176th Knight of the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece
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Sweden: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Seraphim
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United States: Commander of the Legion of Merit
 
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Why do people-complete strangers-come to that girl's IG to post vitriol against the king?

He is her grandfather. She loved him. Nothing vicious anyone says about him will ever change that.:ermm:
Certain people online have lots of hatred and nastiness for the late former King and don’t respect that they’re literally going into the social media page of a close relation of the deceased.
 
18 September 1989. King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary in Denmark. During the Gala Dinner and Ball at Fredensborg Palace, where they first met, the King delivered this touching Speech full of love and affection for his dearest wife Anne-Marie.

Andreas Megos on Instagram: "18 September 1989. King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary in Denmark. During the Gala Dinner and Ball at Fredensborg Palace, where they first met, the King delivered this touching Speech full of love and affection for his dearest wife Anne-Marie 🇬🇷👑🇩🇰 #kingofgreece #kingconstantine #greekroyalfamily #greekroyals #greekroyalty #royalsofgreece #greekroyaldynasty #kingofthehellenes #constantineII #royals #royalty #monarchy #royalfamily #europeanmonarchy #kingconstantineii #queenofgreece #queenannemarie #queenofthehellenes #royalsworldwide #europeanroyals #dronningannemarie #royalnews #instaroyals #hermajesty #greekmonarchy #queenannemarieofgreece #royalhouseofgreece"

Message of King Constantine to the Greek people for the New Year 1967


The speech of exiled King Constantine to the Greek people in 1974


King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece have an audience with Pope Paul VI during their State Visit to the Vatican in 1966, the only outgoing State Visit of their short Reign.

King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie at the Vatican, 1966
 
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This morning on the Greek television program, they have speak with Prince Pavlos, in Athens, it was said:

The next January 10, there will be the funeral in memory of King Constantine with the closest people and in privacy. On January 27, in London with the presence of King Charles another funeral will be held in memory of King Constantine
 
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I'm glad that there will be a memorial Service in London ,the exiled Greek RF lived there for many years.
 
Did the family give back King Constantine Danish Decorations ?
 
This morning on the Greek television program, they have speak with Prince Pavlos, in Athens, it was said:

The next January 10, there will be the funeral in memory of King Constantine with the closest people and in privacy. On January 27, in London with the presence of King Charles another funeral will be held in memory of King Constantine

It will be interesting to see if the Danish relatives turn up, given that the service is only a few days after the change of thrones takes place.
 
It will be interesting to see if the Danish relatives turn up, given that the service is only a few days after the change of thrones takes place.

The memorial in Athens is 4 days before the change of guard. Perhaps Marghrete and Benedikte will go to London. I'm not sure if we will se the new King AND Queen because someone needs to stay as Rigsforstander...so perhaps Benedikte could go to Athens and subsequently step in so Mary can go to London. We'll see.
 
This morning on the Greek television program, they have speak with Prince Pavlos, in Athens, it was said:

The next January 10, there will be the funeral in memory of King Constantine with the closest people and in privacy. On January 27, in London with the presence of King Charles another funeral will be held in memory of King Constantine

The funeral took place last year; that's when he was buried. I assume there will be two memorial services taking place.
 
Sorry, I wrote " the funeral in memory", it would be more correct memorial service, it was a translation problem.

I do not believe that members of the Danish Royal House are invited to these memorials, the first in Tatoi, it is for his closest family, his wife, children, sisters and friend. And the second, in London, I believe that it is focused on those people and organizations linked to King Constantine who could not attend the funeral in January 2023, for example, King Charles, members of the IOC, members of Round Square School, British friends....

And finally, the Order of the elephant of King Constantine is already in the possession of the Danish Royal House.
 
Sorry, I wrote " the funeral in memory", it would be more correct memorial service, it was a translation problem.

I do not believe that members of the Danish Royal House are invited to these memorials, the first in Tatoi, it is for his closest family, his wife, children, sisters and friend. And the second, in London, I believe that it is focused on those people and organizations linked to King Constantine who could not attend the funeral in January 2023, for example, King Charles, members of the IOC, members of Round Square School, British friends....

And finally, the Order of the elephant of King Constantine is already in the possession of the Danish Royal House.

I would consider the Danish royals rather close family - he was their brother-in-law and uncle; so if his sisters attend, why wouldn't his sisters-in-law? So, it would make sense for them to attend either of those services.
 
I would consider the Danish royals rather close family - he was their brother-in-law and uncle; so if his sisters attend, why wouldn't his sisters-in-law? So, it would make sense for them to attend either of those services.

And in the same boat as the Spanish RF ,I'd be very surprised not to see Queen Sofia and one or both of her daughters.
 
Maybe Princess Benedikte and the then newly retired Queen Margrethe will go to London to support their sister, and say hello to King Charles. But i don’t think there will be a huge danish turnout

Though i wouldn’t be surprised to see Queen Sofia and Princess Irene at both services
 
I believe that the memorial service at Tatoi will be private, and it will be similar to February 2023, Queen Anna Maria, Queen Sofia, Princes Pavlos, Nikolaos, Filippos, Princesses Alexia, Theodora and Irene, and Princesses Marie Chantal, Nina and Tatiana and Carlos Morales........ I don't think there is press.
Regarding the 27th, we cannot forget that the Royal Family has not issued any statement. I do not know the source of the journalist who has spread the information. I believe that we should wait for an official statement to be issued.
 
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