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The former king of Greece, Constantine II, was buried at Tatoi Palace after a religious ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.

The body of Constantine II, who was deprived of the title of king by the decision of the referendum, was brought to the church of Agios Eleftherios next to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens at 5:45 local time.

Thousands of people, who wanted to see the coffin and say goodbye to the old king on his last journey, had been forming long lines in front of the church since the early hours of the morning. The crowd, including those carrying Greek flags and flowers from the reign of Constantine II, sang the Greek national anthem, often chanting “Long live the King”.

The relatives of the former king, who came to the metropolitan cathedral of Athens for the religious ceremony, were greeted with great enthusiasm and applause.

Deputy Prime Minister Panayotis Pekramenos and Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni, who attended the government representation ceremony, protested the government’s decision not to hold an official ceremony for the former king.

Spirido, a royal supporter who attended the ceremony, told an AA reporter: “I’ve been here since 5 in the morning. I’m very emotional to see so many people here. We have come to honor Constantine II and are eagerly awaiting Paul II (the son of the former king).” He said.

On the other hand, Thanasis of Saxony mentioned that his brother was also a keeper of the king and said, “I have been a royalist since I was young. I believe in this institution because it has a special character. The king expelled us. Long story. I hope his sons, his son Pavlos, will inherit his father and continue his legacy.” the work “. He said.

Mihalis Siparakos claimed that the Greek people were deeply saddened by the death of the former king, and that the royal family was very fond of helping the Greek people through charitable organizations.

“Of course they did not listen,” said Sybaracus, “because the king wanted it that way.” He said.

The ceremony was also attended by members of the royal families of Europe.

The religious ceremony of the former king’s funeral was held in the metropolitan cathedral of Athens and was led by the Archbishop of Greece, Jeronymus, with the participation of 12 metropolitans from all over the country.

Only guests were admitted to the ceremony, which was attended by members of the ruling family from 11 European countries.

Among those who attended the celebration were relatives of Constantine II in the European kingdoms. Sofia, sister of Constantine II, attended the ceremony along with his wife, Juan Carlos, who was the former king of Spain. King Felipe VI of Spain, son of the former Queen of Spain, was at his uncle’s funeral with his wife Letizia. Princess Elena and Cristina, relatives in Spain, took their places at the ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by the Prince of England, the sister of King Charles, while Prince William, who was baptized by Constantine II, was not present.

Other dynasties from Europe were among those who did not leave Constantine II alone on his last journey.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Benedict, King Carl Gustav of Sweden and Queen Silvia, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife Princess Mette-Marit, Grand Duke Henry of Luxembourg, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Máxima, the mother of the former Queen Beatrix, and King Philip of Belgium attended the ceremony. and his wife Mathilde, Prince Albert of Monaco, former Serbian King Alexandros and Queen Ekaterini, Russian Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, and former Romanian Prince Radu. .

After the ceremony in the church, King Constantine’s body was buried at Tatoi, the former summer royal palace, next to other members of the royal family.

A thousand police officers, helicopters and drones took security measures to attend the funeral, which was attended by senior officials and members of the royal family. As part of the security measures, some roads in the capital, Athens, were closed to traffic.

He died at the age of 82

Constantine II, the last king of Greece, died on January 10 at the age of 82.

Constantine II was born in June 1940 in the Palio-Psihiko district of the capital, Athens, and held the title “King of Greece” from 1964 until 1973, when the monarchy in Greece was abolished by referendum. With the second referendum in 1974, the monarchy in Greece was finally abolished.

The former king had gone abroad in December 1967 after the failed move by the military junta of the colonels against the dictatorial regime in the country.

The Greek government also stripped the former king of his citizenship in 1994.

Constantine II, who lived in Italy and England, preferred to live in Greece in his last years.

The Greek state paid more than 13 million euros in 2003 to the former king, who demanded damages for the confiscation of royal property.

There has been controversy over how the funeral was conducted.

How to carry out the funeral of Constantine II caused controversy in the country.

According to Greek media, the family of the former king had requested the funeral, according to what the “former head of state” said.

On the other hand, opponents of this idea argued that the title “king” was taken from him in a referendum in 1973 and 1974, and he was stripped of his Greek citizenship, and said that it could not be an official ceremony.

AA

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