King Constantine of Greece and Danish-born Queen Anne-Marie return to Greece after 46 years of Exile.
1997 Portrait of former King Constantine of Greece and his wife, Queen Anne Marie.
King Constantine of Greece, the 73-year-old first cousin of Prince Philip of England and Prince William's godfather, along with his Danish-born wife Queen Anne Marie, have returned to Greece. He has been reportedly seen on the streets of Athens walking with a cane, perhaps nursing the wounds which drove him from the throne after his support of the junta of 1967-1974 and later being stripped of citizenship by referendum upon the return to democracy to Greece in 1974.
More than a decade ago he told a Greek newspaper: "No one can keep me away. For so many years I have lived through my own Golgotha, now I am ready to return." Following the path back to Greece carved by his son Prince Nikolaos and his wife Princess Tatiana only a few months ago the King's return leaves him far less wealthy than when he purpordedly left with public drachmas in hand and pocket. However, he recently sold his North London mansion for nearly USD $16 million where he's lived for decades. This should easily help him find very affordable housing in intellectually abandoned and recession-ridden Athens where Greek professionals and well-to-doers have left in mass; Many who probably had first originally blamed the King for leaving with public funds and now having done just the same.
The King has shown a very public reversal of the migratory trend out of Greece. Prevented from holding public office, he will still remain a public force to be reckoned with, especially by the left. The King is sure to have left his fortunes in England along with the Elgin Marbles equally stripped in the early 1800's by Lord Elgin of England. They, too, remain there to this day. But, as Greece's King has returned to Greece perhaps this is a start to a trend?