Funeral of King Paul of Greece, 1964

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Funeral of King Paul of Greece at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens on this day in 1964, which was officiated by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Athens and more than 50 Greek Orthodox Bishop. Queen Frederika knelt twice at the catafalque to kiss the royal standard, while the new King Constantine bent to kiss the crown resting on top with two crossed swords and the field marshal’s baton of his father.

Afterwards, the coffin was followed by the late King’s riderless white horse, all of his Orders, and the entire Greek Royal Family as well as the Foreign Royal Guests and Relatives in a Funeral Procession through the streets of Athens, before the coffin was taken to be buried at the Royal Palace of Tatoi.

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As King Constantine leaves Athens Cathedral , the family royal ladies curtsie to the new King , Princess Sofia and Princess Irene , his sisters, Princess Anne Marie of Denmark, his bride . Prince Juan Carlos of Spain salutes and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, soon to become King Constantine's mother in law, is the only lady standing, since she is the only reigning monarch. Curiously only Princess Irene of Greece did not become a reigning monarch. Princess Sofia and Prince Juan Carlos would become 11 years later King and Queen of Spain. Princess Anne Marie will become Queen of the Hellenes just six months later , on September 18, 1964 marrying the new King Constantine. #greekhistory #kingpaulofgreece #queenannemarieofgreece #kingconstatine #queensofiaofspain #kingjuancarlos #greekroyals #greekroyalfamily

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Royal Guests included King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark with Crown Princess Margrethe and Princess Anne Marie, King Michael of Romania, King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, King Olav V of Norway, King Baudouin of Belgium, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, The Duke of Edinburgh, King Umberto II of Italy, Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, the Count of Barcelona, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, and the Duke of Aosta.

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