Royal Family Convenes at Windsor Castle to Honor Late King Constantine II Amidst King Charles III’s Health Battle

Royal Family Convenes at Windsor Castle to Honor Late King Constantine II Amidst King Charles III’s Health Battle

In a somber ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Andrew led members of the Royal Family in a service of thanksgiving for the late King Constantine of Greece. Notably absent was King Charles III, who continues his cancer treatment, and Prince William, who withdrew from giving a reading due to personal reasons.

Apologies Extended and Royal Presence

Following the service, the Prince of Wales reportedly apologized to the family for his absence. Meanwhile, Kensington Palace assured that Princess was ‘doing well’ in her recovery at home. In a rare public appearance, Prince Andrew led the congregation, including Sarah, the Duchess of York, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Zara and Mike Tindall, and Princess Anne. Despite the absence of other major royals, Queen Camilla joined Prince Andrew, arriving at the Castle and exchanging warm greetings with those gathered.

Family Event with Greek Royal Presence

The service, attended by the Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and their daughters Eugenie and Beatrice, was deemed a personal family event. Queen Camilla, gracing the occasion, was welcomed by mourners. The late king’s widow, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos, and other members of the Greek royal family joined for the service in the 15th-century chapel.

King Charles III’s Earlier Presence and Camilla’s Role

King Charles III was present at Windsor Castle earlier in the day but left before the service commenced. The reception following the ceremony was set to be hosted by Queen Camilla. Charles, unable to attend Constantine’s funeral in Athens last year, had sent the Princess Royal as his representative. Camilla’s active role in the service aimed to alleviate pressure from her husband.

Royal Support Amidst King Charles III’s Health Struggles

Members of the Royal Family have rallied around King Charles III during his ongoing cancer treatment. Prince William, after dedicating time to care for Princess Kate, has returned to royal duties. Despite his health challenges, King Charles III continues to work privately, showcasing a profound sense of duty and a strong work ethic.

Service for King Constantine II and Spiritual Guidance

The service at St George’s Chapel honored the late King Constantine II, a close friend and second cousin to King Charles III. Constantine II, former ruler and last king of Greece, passed away at 82 last year. King Charles III sought spiritual advice from Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Greek Orthodox Vatopedi monastery, who expressed confidence in Charles overcoming his health ordeal.

Constantine II’s Legacy and King Charles III’s Health Battle

Constantine II, a sailing partner of the late Duke of Edinburgh, faced a tumultuous reign and eventual exile following a military coup. Despite political challenges, King Charles III cherished a close friendship with Constantine, designating him as a godfather to Prince William. Constantine’s passing marked a significant loss for the royal family.

Historical Context and Exile

Constantine II ascended to the throne at a young age, winning Olympic gold in sailing and initially enjoying popularity. However, his involvement in political controversies led to a military coup and subsequent exile. Despite hopes of returning to the throne being dashed in a 1974 referendum, Constantine lived in exile until his return to Greece in 2013.

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