Constantine II, last king of Greece, dies
Constantine II, the last king of Greece, died at the age of 82. It was decided not to bury Konstantinos with an official ceremony.
According to the news of the Greek State Agency AMNA, the last king of Greece, Konstantinos II, who has had serious health problems for a while and struggled with the coronavirus in his last days, passed away yesterday evening.
Constantine the Second, who was born in June 1940 in the Paleo Psihiko district of the capital Athens, held the title of "King of Greece" from 1964 until 1973, when the monarchy was abolished in Greece by referendum.
In the statement of the Prime Ministry, the decisions regarding the funeral ceremony were shared at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis with the participation of the relevant ministers.
In the statement, it was reported that a funeral will be held for the former King as a "civil citizen".
It was stated in the statement that Konstantinos II will be buried in Tatoi, the former Royal Palace, where members of the former Royal family are buried, and that the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, will represent the government at the funeral.
In the statement, it was noted that the relevant protocol rules will be applied for official guests from abroad to attend the funeral.
HOW THE FUNERAL WAS HELD, LEADING TO DISCUSSIONS
How to do the funeral of Constantine II, the last King of Greece, caused a debate in the country.
According to reports in the Greek media, the former King's family had requested that the funeral be held in accordance with the "former head of state".
Opponents of this idea, on the other hand, argued that the title of "King" was taken from him in the referendums in 1973 and 1974, and that the King was also stripped of his Greek citizenship, and that it could not be an official ceremony.
RECEIVED OVER 13 MILLION EURO COMPENSATION
The ex-King had gone abroad in December 1967, after the unsuccessful action of the Colonels' junta against the dictator's regime in the country.
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 compensation for the expropriation of royal property.