His Majesty King Constantine of Greece is hospitalised. This was first reported by the Danish media earlier this week. The news of the former Greek king’s hospital visit came after questions were raised when the king did not meet up according to his schedule.
King Constantine should have been with his wife in Denmark. Queen Margrethe and large parts of the Danish Royal Family were present at the premiere of the Nutcracker in Copenhagen amusement park. The Queen’s sister, the former queen of Greece, showed up without her husband to the celebrations.
After several newspapers wrote about the king’s hospital visit, the Greek Royal Family issued a brief statement in which they assure the public that the King’s visit to the hospital was short and that the King is out of the hospital now. Anonymous sources that are close to the King have spoken to Danish media and said that King Constantine was admitted to a private hospital in Athens and that he has had to undergo a variety of tests.
Several media reported in November that the King had a stroke and had to be rushed to the hospital. The Greek Royal Family has not wanted to comment on this claim. King Constantine went through a major heart surgery at a hospital in London in 2009 where he was given a new heart-valve. Many media have also pointed out that the last few times the King has shown himself publicly, he had to lean on a walking stick.
His Majesty King Constantine was the King of Greece from 1964 until he was deposed in the military coup in 1973. He is married to Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s sister, Princess Anne Maria of Denmark, together they have five children. Since the military coup in 1973, the family lived in exile in Rome.