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.

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