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Queen Camilla to lead service in memory of King Constantine

A year on from his passing, the British Royal Family will lead a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of King Constantine next week.

Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Camilla, stepping in on behalf of King Charles—who is still forgoing public engagements while he receives cancer treatments—will lead the British Royal Family at the St. George’s Chapel service on 27 February.

The Queen will be joined by members of the British Royal Family, none of whom have been announced so far, at the service. Representing the Greek Royal Family, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos, and other members of the royal family will be in attendance as well.

Other foreign royals will be in attendance, though none have been announced. Queen Sofía of Spain was sister to the late king, and given that Queen Anne-Marie was a Danish princess by birth, attendance by members of the Danish Royal Family could be announced later.

The Service of Thanksgiving will be led by the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Dean of Windsor.

King Constantine died on 10 January 2023 following complications from a stroke. He reigned as the last King of Greece from 1964 to 1974, after which Greece abolished the monarchy and the Greek royals left the country in exile.

In his final years, he lived in Greece once more, and was buried in the Royal Cemetery at Tatoi.

King Constantine was second cousin to King Charles and was godfather to Prince William.  

An Order of Service will be shared on the day of King Constantine’s service.

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.