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Details of King Constantine’s funeral revealed

Further details of King Constantine’s funeral at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens have been revealed.

Rehearsals for the funeral took place over the weekend ahead of the Monday funeral.

The pallbearers will be Crown Prince Pavlos, Prince Constantine-Alexios, Prince Achileas-Andreas, Prince Odysseas Kimon, Prince Nikolaos, Prince Philippos, and Matthew Kumar; Pavlos, Nikolaos and Philippos are the late King’s sons, while Constantine-Alexios, Achileas-Andreas and Odysseas Kimon are three of his grandchildren. Matthew Kumar is the fiancé of Constantine’s daughter, Princess Theodora.

Crown Prince Pavlos will also deliver the eulogy during the service.

The King’s body will lie-in-state from 6 am to 10:30 am on 16 January at the Agios Eleftherios Chapel. A procession to the Metropolitan Cathedral will occur at noon before the funeral service.

Archbishop Hieronymos will preside over the service.

The Greek Royal Family will be seated on the right of the cathedral, with acting heads of state and current and former royal families seated on the left.

After the funeral, the former monarch’s body will be taken to Tatoi Palace in a 29-kilometre procession.

The King will be laid to rest in the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi Palace in a private ceremony.

A full list of who is expected to attend the funeral can be found here.

King Constantine, the last King of the Hellenes, died on 10 January at the age of 82 from complications from a stroke. He had been in ill health for years with heart problems and a battle with COVID.

He died at the private Hygeia Hospital in Athens; his family had flown in to Greece to be with him in his final days.

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