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Greece

King Constantine discharged from hospital


PHOTO: HOLGER MOTZKAU VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

King Constantine of Greece has been as discharged from the “Attikon” Hospital where he was being treated for coronavirus. King Constantine was admitted on January 8 to the hospital after testing positive for the new Omicron strain of the virus. King Constantine had mild symptoms and was treated in a conventional clinic for patients with Covid-19.

The king’s wife, Queen Anne Marie, chose to cancel her planned trip to Denmark due to the husband’s health. Queen Anne Marie was set to take part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of her parents, King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid, at Roskilde Cathedral on 14 January alongside her sisters, Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte. Although King Constantine has now been discharged from hospital, Anne Marie will not attend Copenhagen on Friday.

Queen Anne-Marie was born a Princess of Denmark as the youngest child of King Frederick IX and Queen Ingrid. Her sister, Margrethe, ascended the throne on 14 January 1972 upon the death of their father. Anne-Marie married King Constantine II of Greece in 1964.

Constantine, who was King of Greece from 1964 to 1973, is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The Greek King has suffered from poor health for several years. In 2018, he was treated for a stroke and in recent times, he has been seen using a wheelchair on rare public outings.

Constantine II lived for many years in London with Anne-Marie and their five children before returning to Greece in 2013. The family home is now at Porto Cheli. Constantine’s last appearance was in October when he was seen at wedding celebrations for his youngest child, Prince Philippos, and Nina Flohr.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.