Former King Constantine II of Greece died at 82

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The former King of Greece, Constantine II, died at the age of 82, CNN affiliate CNN Greece reported on Tuesday.

According to CNN Greece, the former King had experienced serious health problems in recent months and recently contracted the coronavirus for the second time, which seemed to have cured his condition. make it worse.

Constantine first tested positive for Covid-19 in January 2022, after being hospitalized with pneumonia the previous month, CNN Greece reported.

Constantine II was born in Psikhikó, near Athens, on June 2, 1940.

He spent the Second World War in exile in South Africa, returning to Greece in 1946. A year later, Constantine became crown prince when King George II of Greece died and his brother, Paul – Constant’s father – up to the throne.

Constantine II became King when Paul died on March 6, 1964.

That year, he married Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark in Athens. They had five children: Prince Pavlos, Princess Alexia, Prince Nikolaos, Princess Theodora and Prince Philippos.

After a military coup in 1967, Constantine and his family fled to Rome, and the military government appointed a governor to take his place.

Greece’s monarchy was overthrown on June 1, 1973, when the military regime declared the country a republic – a decision that was later supported by a referendum. Constantine accepted the overthrow after another referendum led by an elected civilian government in 1974.

That year, the old King moved from Rome to England, living in London. In the 2000s, he often visited Greece.

Constantine II was a cousin of King Charles III of Great Britain and the father of Prince William. His sister, Sofia, was Queen of Spain between 1975 and 2014.

Constantine will receive a private funeral at a former royal estate outside Athens, the Greek government said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

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