Crowds boo government officials at funeral of Greece’s last king
Greek government officials were booed by a crowd gathered outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens on Monday (January 16th) as they arrived for the funeral of former King Constantine of Greece.
Thousands of people lined up for hours outside an adjacent chapel, where Constantine’s coffin draped in a Greek flag was placed, to pay their last respects.
Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Deputy Prime Minister Pagagiotis Pikrammenos, both representing the government at the funeral, were mocked by people in the crowd as they arrived.
Many supporters of the former king have expressed bitterness that Constantine II did not receive an official burial.
Constantine, a first cousin of Britain’s King Charles and godfather to Prince William’s heir, lived most of his life in exile after a Greek referendum that rejected the monarchy in 1974. He died at the age aged 82 last week in an Athens hospital.
Constantine will be buried in Tatoi, where his ancestors also rest. (Reuters)