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The death of Greece’s former king, Constantine II, has brought about the question of whether a page of history that was thought forgotten for years could have actual repercussions in today’s political world.

Thousands of people who waited for hours in the early hours of the morning to see off the former king, who died last week, drew attention with Greek flags bearing the royal symbol in their hands.

Occasional slogans such as “Long live the king” and “Pavlos” for the former king’s son, displays of affection for former royals, and enthusiastic applause revealed decades-long silences in Greek daily life and politics.

And there were those in the crowd who said, “Let the king return, and let the old king’s son Pavlos carry on the tradition,” and also those who said, “Royalty is a thing of the past, but we are here abroad out of respect for the old king as former head of state.”

Concern for the king and his family was evident at the funeral

Journalist and writer Dimitris Psaras, speaking to an AA reporter, stated that this interest has no counterpart in Greek society in general, but that its political consequences are inevitable within the ruling party, New Democracy.

Describing the funeral of the deposed king as a political event, Psaras said, “I think the important thing is that between 3-5 thousand people gathered in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens were not. This is the situation we face at the funerals of many famous people. Recently, more people have gathered of people to see off a famous musician on his last journey.” He said.

Suggesting that there may be a small royalist group among those who waited hours for the burial of the former king, Psaras said, “This rate is higher than the 29 percent of the vote that royalists received in the 1974 referendum, when this (royal) institution was finally abolished and introduced.” The democratic presidential system in Greece. Small. He said.

Celebrity parade

After the death of Queen Elizabeth of England, special news about members of the ruling family in Europe appeared frequently in the Greek press as well as in the world press, and with the death of Constantine II, Greece also remembered its “royal story”.

Among the crowd, there were also those who wanted to see the relatives of the former King Constantine, princes, princesses, queens and kings who came from 11 countries to attend his funeral.

Saras commented that all TV channels broadcast special news about the royal history before the funeral, and that there were many live broadcasts from the cathedral and Tatoi Palace, where the former king was buried, as one of the reasons for the interest shown.

The royal family and the royal family in today’s politics

Believing that the slogans chanted by the former king and his son Pavlos and the flags with royal symbols do not have a serious reflection in Greek society, Saras assessed the news in the state press that the son of the former king Pavlos, who lived abroad, decided to settle in Greece as follows:

There is no basis for forming a new royal party. For such an initiative, the scenarios for Pavlos’ return to Greece are also not valid. Also, this family left the country decades ago and no one can change that.”

various “subgroups” in the ruling party

With the news of the death of the old king, funeral discussions began in the country. Those who claimed that Constantine II deserved a state funeral as former head of state, opposed those who argued that the king’s crown and Greek citizenship had been taken away, and therefore a state ceremony would not be possible.

Trying to find a “middle way”, the government decided to bury Constantine II with a “civil” ceremony, with the government represented by Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni and Deputy Prime Minister Panayotis Picraminos.

While the crowd protested that there was no official ceremony at the funeral, Mendoni and Picraminos protested, the Minister of the Interior Makis Foridis and former Prime Minister of the New Democracy Andonis Samaras, who had come to see off the former king, and were greeted with applause by the two monarchs.

In this context, Saras made the following comment about the funeral and the crowd at the ceremony:

“The political implications of these events cannot be ignored, but they are related to the internal issues of the New Democracy Party.”

Pointing out that today there are three different trends within the party according to its relationship with the monarchy, Psaras stated that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is the son of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, who was on good terms with Constantine II even in the post-monarchy period. .

Psara stated that there are far-right L.A. ministers sympathetic to the monarchy in the government, and Furydis is one of them.

Expressing that Samaras had made it clear that he supported the formal ceremony from the outset, the Psaras attributed the royalists’ applause to Voridis and Samaras for these reasons.

Psaras argued that the “Karamanians”, another group within the new democracy, were followers of the party’s founder, Konstantinos Karamanlis, who saw the king as his main political rival.

Under these circumstances, Psaras stated that if Pavlos or any member of the royal family decided to enter politics, they would have no chance unless they joined the New Democracy, and that the “Karamanians” in the party would not reconcile with this.

Referring to the upcoming general elections and far-right political formations in Greece, Psaras said, “It is only natural that today’s far-rightists, and a few monarchists, want to vote. In these efforts, they are going against the far-right stream of the New Democracy.” He said.

Kingdom in Greece

The Kingdom of Greece was established in 1932, after the secession of the Ottoman Empire, with the support of the great powers of that period such as Britain, France and the Russian Empire.

The first king was Otto, son of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and the other was Constantine II, who died on January 10 at the age of 82.

Sitting on the throne in 1964, Konstantinos II went abroad in December 1967, after the unsuccessful action of the colonel’s military council against the dictatorial regime in the country.

With a referendum in Greece in 1974, the kingdom’s regime finally came to an end.

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

Continuing his life in Italy and England, Constantinos II preferred to live in Greece in his last years.

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

AA

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