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27 FEB 2024

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR KING CONSTANTINE II
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A memorial service was held on 27th February 2023 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle honouring and remembering the life of King Constantine II (1940-2023), the exiled King of Greece, who died aged 82yrs in Athens, Greece  following a stroke in January 2023.

King Constantine - known affectionately within his family and to close friends as 'Tino' was forced into exile in 1973 and was married to Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark (b.1946), the younger sister of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b.1940).  He succeeded his father - King Paul (1901-1964) to the unstable Greek Throne at the young age of 23yrs and reigned as King of the Hellenes for thirteen years.  After living for several decades in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, King Constantine moved back to Athens in 2013 (after protracted legal battles with the Greek Government).  He never formally renounced his title as King of the Hellenes due to Greek Orthodox tradition, which states that an anointed monarch retains their status until death. 

King Constantine - who won a Gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics, was a godfather to Prince William, The Prince of Wales (b.1982), Lady Gabriella 'Ella' Kingston, née Windsor (b.1981) - the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent (b.1942) and Amory Flint Wood (b.1999) - a grandson of Lady Pamela Hicks, née Mountbatten (b.1929).

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ABOVE: Arriving at St George's Chapel (left to right):

Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma; Tom Hooper and

Lady Alexandra Hooper, née Knatchbull

BELOW:
David Flint Wood; Mrs India Flint Wood, née Hicks -

daughter of Lady Pamela Hicks née Mountbatten

and Amory Flint Wood

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King Constantine II of the Hellenes

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ABOVE: Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

BELOW: (front row)

Lady Alexandra Hooper, née Knatchbull;

Penny, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

talking to Mrs Zara Tindall

(daughter of Princess Anne,

The Princess Royal); Prince Edward,

2nd Duke of Kent; 
(back row) Lady Susan Hussey

(Baroness Hussey of North Bradley;

The Rt Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames,

Lord Soames of Fletching

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Sadly Prince William, The Prince of Wales (b.1982) - who was due to read the lesson, had to pull out of attending the service at the last minute for an undisclosed "personal matter".  It was also announced that the husband of Lady Gabriella 'Ella' Kingston, née Windsor (b.1981) had been found dead and understandably she was also unable to attend.  It was later disclosed that the cause of death had been from a "traumatic head wound" and a gun had been found near to his body in an out-building at his parents' home in Kemble, Gloucestershire.  In the absence of King Charles III (1948(2022-    ), who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer - Queen Camilla (b.1947) took the lead as the most senior member of the British Royal Family.  Other distinguished guests who joined the Royal Family of Greece included: Queen Noor of Jordan (b.1951), the widow of King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999); King Felipe VI of Spain (b.1968); Queen Letizia of Spain (b.1972); Queen Sofía of Spain (b.1938), sister of the King Constantine II; Prince Ernst Augustus, The Hereditary Prince of Hanover (b.1983), a godson of King Constantine II and King Felipe VI of Spain; Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic, The Crown Prince of Yugoslavia (Serbia) (b.1945); Bernhard, The Margrave of Baden (b.1970) and Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, The Prince of Preslav (b.1964).  The service was conducted by the newly appointed Dean of Windsor - The Rt Rev. Dr Christopher Cocksworth (b.1959).    

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LEFT:

(left to right - front)

The Rt Rev. Dr

Christopher Cocksworth,

The Dean of Windsor;

Queen Camilla

& Queen Anne-Marie

of Greece; 
(behind) Princess Anne,

The Princess Royal;

Crown Prince Pavlos,

Crown Prince of Greece;

(rear) Vice Admiral

Sir Tim Laurence

BELOW:
St George's Chapel,

Windsor Castle

during the Service of

Thanksgiving honouring

the life of 
King Constantine II

of the Hellenes

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