16 January 2023

Funeral service for former King Constantine II of the Hellenes

The funeral service for former King Constantine II of the Hellenes, who died on 10 January 2023, 82 years old, took place in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens on Monday 16 January 2023, followed by burial at the royal cemetery at Tatoi. 

I wrote last Wednesday that «It is expected that the funeral will be attended by members of Europe's current and past royal and princely families, including Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania». I had somehow feared that many reigning European royal families, except for those with the closest relations, would not be represented in order not to stepping on the toes of the Greek govenment, due to EU and NATO connections etc. I had obviously not thought through this fear or sort of analysis well enough. The funeral turned out to be an impressive gathering of people who wantged to say good bye to a former king and dear relative and friend.

I have tried to compile a survey of royals attending the funeral service, based on the official websites and other sources, such as various TV clips posted on Twitter during the day, Nobiliana.de etc.  Among the members of the Greek royal family attending the funeral were Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Constantine-Alexios, Prince Achileas-Andreas, Prince Odyseus-Kimon, Prince Aristidis-Stavros, Princess Alexia, Carlos Morales y Quintana, Prince Nikolaos, Princess Tatiana, Princess Theodora, Matthew Kumar, Prince Philippos, Princess Nina, Princess Irene, the latter the younger sister of the late king, Prince Michael and his wife Marina Karella and their eldest daughter Princess Alexandra and her husband.

Other royal families


  • King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

  • Queen Margrethe II
  • Crown Prince Frederik
  • Prince Joachim
  • Princess Benedikte
  • Queen Noor Al Hussein
  • Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein
  • Princess Sarvath El Hassan
  • Princess Margaretha
  • Grand Duke Henri
  • Prince Albert II
  • King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima 
  • Princess Beatrix
  • Crown Prince Haakon & Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Princess Märtha Louise*
  • King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
  • King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia (sister of King Constantine)
  • Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
  • Infanta Cristina
  • King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia
  • Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnusson*
United Kingdom**
  • Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence
Former monarchies

  • Margrave Bernhard and Margravine Stephanie
  • King Simeon II
  • Hereditary Prince Ernst August and Hereditary Princess Ekaterina
  • Prince Christian and Princess Alessandra
  • Empress Farah Pahlavi
  • Radu Duda (Prince Radu)
  • Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
  • Princess Alexandra
  • Prince Alexander
  • Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine

Other dignitaries


  • Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos
  • Culture Minister Lina Mendoni
According to eKathimerini.com about 200 people attended the funeral service, while 60 of them followed the coffin to the Tatoi royal cemetery. A mermorial dinner took place in Athens later on Monday.

* Princess Märtha Louise does not represent the royal house at the funeral service, cf. the official website, but rather herself. Because she is a princess I have put her in the official section. The same goes for Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnusson
** Lady Gabriella Kingston, who was one of the late king's godchildren, was present for the funeral service. As she is not a royal she is not listed here. It has been stated that she represented the Prince of Wales at the funeral.
*** Chantal Hochuli, formerly Princess of Hannover, mother of Prince Ernst August and Prince Christian, also attended the funeral service.
**** Nicholas de Roumanie-Medforth-Mills, formerly styled Prince Nicholas of Romania), also attended the lying in prior to the funeral service.

Updated on Wednesday 18 January 2023 at 07:45 (added Princess Raiyah in the Jordan section as well as footnotes *** and ****), then at  09:55 (updated footnote ****), last time updated on Monday 23 January 2023 at 09:25 (Schleswigh-Holstein added).

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