According to CNN affiliate CNN Greece, Constantine II, the previous king of Greece, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.
The former King, who had recently faced considerable health issues, recently picked up the coronavirus for a second time, which seems to have significantly aggravated his illness, according to CNN Greece.
After being sent to the hospital with pneumonia the month prior, Constantine underwent his initial Covid-19 test in January 2022, according to CNN Greece.
On June 2, 1940, Constantine II was born in Psikhikó, a town close to Athens.
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He fled Greece during World War II and lived in exile in South Africa until 1946. When King George II of Greece passed away a year later and his brother, Paul, who is Constantine’s father, ascended to the throne, Constantine was made crown prince.
Paul died on March 6, 1964, and Constantine II succeeded him as king.
He wed Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark in Athens that year. Prince Pavlos, Princess Alexia, Prince Nikolaos, Princess Theodora, and Prince Philippos were their five children.
Constantine and his family fled to Rome during a military takeover in 1967, and the military regime installed a regent in his place.
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On June 1, 1973, the military government declared Greece a republic, which was supported by a subsequent vote. This ended the Greek monarchy. After a second referendum was held in 1974 by a civilian government that had been elected, Constantine agreed to the abolishment.
The former King relocated to London after leaving Rome and entering England in that year. He started going to Greece more frequently in the 2000s.
King Charles III of Great Britain’s cousin and Prince William’s godfather was Constantine II. Sofia, his sister, reigned as monarch of Spain from 1975 to 2014.
According to Reuters, the Greek government announced on Wednesday that Constantine would be given a private funeral at a former royal estate outside of Athens.