Images From King Constantine’s Funeral

Senior members of the Spanish Royal Family and beyond were in Greece earlier this week for the funeral of King Constantine of Greece, Queen Sofia’s brother.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia were there, along with King Juan Carlos, Infanta Cristina and Infanta Elena, who was accompanied by son and daughter Victoria Federica and Felipe Juan Froilán. Also there was Queen Sofia’s sister, Princess Irene.

During their time in Greece, Queen Letizia was seen walking arm-in-arm with Princess Maria-Chantal, King Constantine’s daughter-in-law. Marie-Chantal once fired off a tweet that was interpreted as targeting Queen Letizia.

Greece abolished its monarchy in the 1970’s but the public has softened to those who claim royal titles. The Greek Royal Family is intertwined with the Danish Royal Family, along with German and British royal houses.

King Constantine, Queen Sofia’s Brother, Has Died

King Constantine of Greece, Queen Sofia’s brother and King Felipe’s uncle, died yesterday, according to the media outlets. He was 82.

Constantine was king from 1946 to 1973, when Greeks abolished the monarchy and sent their royals into exile. He had since returned to live in Greece.

King Constantine during the 1980s. Wikipedia

Some historians say Greeks were angry about Queen Sofia’s dowry to then-Prince Juan Carlos of Spain. The two were married in Athens.

King Constantine’s downfall, however, stemmed from the country’s political turmoil, and a fight between the military and democratic forces.

Queen Frederica, King Constantine and Queen Sofia’s mother, fled to India with her daughter Irene, who now lives in Spain.

Pope’s funeral

Queen Sofia traveled often to be with her brother in Greece. The Spanish Royal Household has yet to comment.

Her Majesty was in Rome this week for Pope Benedict’s funeral, where she met with Pope Francis.

Spanish Royal Household

When Queen Frederica died, Queen Sofia insisted she be buried in Greece over the government’s objections.

ICYM: King’s Speech Focuses On Democracy, Ukraine

King Felipe kicked off his traditional Christmas Eve address discussing the war in Ukraine and its impact on the Spanish economy.

His Majesty, like in previous years, also touched on the threats to democracy and urged Spaniards to coalesce around their freedoms.

King Felipe, speaking from Zarzuela Palace, expressed the government’s belief in the European Union as one of the essential aspects of the country’s future.

King Attends Lula Inauguration

King Felipe has spent two days in Brazil attending inauguration ceremonies for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

His Majesty arrived in the Brazilian ahead of the ceremonies Sunday. He met several times with Lula, who is entering his third non-consecutive term in office.

While in Brasilia, King Felipe held a bilateral meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The King also met with the president of Guinea-Bisáu, Umaro Sissoco.

Spanish Royal Household

King Felipe had a chat with U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who headed that country’s delegation.