Constantine II born on 2 June 1940 was the last King of Greece, reigning from 6 March 1964 until the Greek monarchy was abolished on 1 June 1973.
Constantine was the only son of Greece’s King Paul and Queen Frederica. During the Second World War, his family was forced into exile, and he spent his boyhood in Egypt and South Africa.
During the Greek Civil War in 1946, he returned to Greece with his family. When King George II died in 1947, Constantine’s father ascended to the throne, making Constantine the crown prince.
He was George II’s nephew, as well as the second child and only legal son of the king’s childless younger brother and heir presumptive, Crown Prince Paul. Princess Frederica of Hanover, his mother, was the only child of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia.
The Greek royal family eagerly awaited the birth of a male heir to the throne, which was celebrated by a 101-gun salute from Mount Lycabettus in Athens.
As the first son, he was named after his paternal grandpa, Constantine I, according to Greek naming customs. The Hellenic Armed Forces served as his godparents at his christening in Athens.
King Constantine II cause of death
In his final years, Constantine suffered from a variety of health issues, including heart disease and diminished mobility. On 10 January 2023, he died of a stroke in an Athens hospital at the age of 82.
King Constantine II obituary and funeral arrangements
Doctors at Athens’ Hygeia Hospital confirmed to the Associated Press that Constantine died following intensive care unit treatment.
They did not disclose any other information. Although readers have not yet been given information on his obituary or funeral arrangements.