Constantine of Greece, brother of Queen Sofia, hospitalized

Constantine of Greece, brother of Queen Sofia, was admitted to an Athens hospital after suffering an ischemic attack on Wednesday evening. The deposed king of the Hellenic country – he reigned between 1964 and 1973 – was first transferred to the Kranidi medical center in Emionida, very close to Porto Heli, where he resides. It was in this center that he received first aid and his condition stabilized. But later, he was transferred by ambulance to a private hospital in the Greek capital, according to the Greek press.

For the moment, no other details have been given, but his state of health is worrying. Neither the Royal House of Greece nor any of its private members have made a statement about the development of the 81-year-old monarch, who has recently had several health problems. In 2016, he suffered a pulmonary embolism. At that time it was speculated that he had also had a stroke, which the Royal House categorically denied. To this we must add that for a few years he has lost his mobility and is in a wheelchair.

King Constantine of Greece and Queen Anna-Marie

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One of the last times Constantine of Greece was seen in public was last October for the wedding of his youngest son, Prince Philippos, to Nina Flohr. During this wedding, which took place on October 23 in Athens, we could also see Queen Sofia, accompanied by her sister Irene and the Infanta Elena.

Felipe VI’s mother has always been very close to her sister, Princess Irene – who lives with her in Madrid – and her brother. In fact, when the King’s health problems intensified, Doña Sofía’s visits intensified, which were only interrupted during the coronavirus health crisis.

Neither the Royal House of Greece nor any of its members have made a private statement about the development of the 81-year-old monarch, who has recently had several health problems.

Since 2013, Constantine of Greece and his wife, Queen Anna Maria, have been living in Porto Heli, a heavenly town in the Argolis region of the Peloponnese, after nearly half a century of exile. “I lead a happy life with my wife and our children and I feel happy now that I have returned to my native country,” he told Hello! in an interview he gave in the summer of 2020 on his 80th birthday.

Although he lives far away, relations between the king and his sisters are excellent and he has great admiration for Queen Sofía. “I know how much my sister loves Spain and I am full of admiration for what she has done for her country. She has a very big heart and a wonderful sense of humour. What I have always admired in her home, it’s her way of bringing family members wherever you go. The Greek couple have spent many seasons in Spain, Christmases and summers in Mallorca which have brought families together. always had a very close relationship with my brother-in-law, King Juan Carlos, and I will never forget the kindness and hospitality he showed me and all my family,” he said. declared in the pages of the magazine.

Pablo and Federica de Grecia, with their children, Sofía, Constantino and Irene, in a 1959 photo of the family posing in the library of the Tatoi Palace hall

Pablo and Federica de Grecia, with their children, Sofía, Constantino and Irene, in a 1959 photo of the family posing in the library of the Tatoi Palace hall

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Constantine II is the son of King Paul of Greece and Federica of Hanover and reigned between 1964 and 1973. His brief reign was marked by the dictatorship of the colonels. In June 1973, he was deposed as monarch by the military government, which was confirmed by a referendum which pushed him into exile with his family. He will not return to his native country until many years later. Constantine and Ana Maria settled with their two eldest children, Princess Alexia and Prince Paul (the only ones born on Greek territory) in Rome, the city where their third son, Prince Nicolas, was born.

Soon after, they moved to London, where Princes Theodora and Philippos were born. He met his wife when she was just 13 during a visit from the Greek royal family to Denmark. Anna Maria, sister of Queen Margaret, was born in Copenhagen in 1946. When the then Danish princess was 18, the couple were married on September 8, 1964 in Athens Cathedral. He lived in the British capital until 2013 when he moved to Porto Heli.

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