Remembering King Constantine II

King Constantine II, former King of the Hellenes, died today at a private hospital in Athens at the age of 82.

He was born on June 2,1940 in Athens to Princess Frederica of Hanover and Crown Prince Paul of Greece. After winning a gold medal in sailing at the 1960 Rome Olympics and serving in all three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces, the hugely popular prince acceded to the throne in 1964 at just 23 years of age. One of the youngest monarchs in recent memory, his nine-year reign coincided with one of the most turbulent periods in Greece’s political history. Forced into exile in 1967 following a military coup, the resulting dictatorship abolished the monarchy in 1973, thereby ending a dynasty begun by Constantine’s Danish-born great-grandfather George I in 1863.

King Constantine lived with his family in a north London suburb for most of his years in exile, returning to Greece for the first time in 1981 for his mother’s funeral. Visits continued and in 2013, he and Queen Anne-Marie returned there permanently. He has close ties to numerous royal houses- his elder sister is Queen Sofia of Spain; his sister-in-law is Queen Margrethe of Denmark; his uncle was Greek-born Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh; and his cousins included the late King Michael I of Romania, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and King Charles III, with whom he shared an especially close relationship. These strong familial ties saw King Constantine and his family often attend British and European royal family events.

King Constantine is survived by his wife, Queen Anne-Marie; five children, Alexia, Pavlos, Nikolaos, Theodora and Philippos; and nine grandchildren.

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Royals Gather to Celebrate Bicentenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

The Duke of Edinburgh marked the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron with a Fleet Review of more than 180 ships gathered at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Prince Philip, who is Admiral of the Squadron and wore a cap related to this rank, presided over the day’s events aboard a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Sailing is a popular sport among European royals; accomplished royal sailors King Harald of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Constantine of Greece, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Viscount Linley and Prince Henrik of Denmark were in attendance for the naval celebration, all sporting natty nautical caps.

Prince Pavlos and Viscount Linley, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Prince Philip was further accompanied by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent. While Princess Anne sported a headscarf, the royal men (except for the Vice Admiral) wore hats related to their roles with the squadron.

 It looks like an enjoyable day was had by all, doesn’t it?!
Prince Michael of Kent, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Prince Pavlos of Greece