Last weekend the royal family of Greece gathered again to honor the memory of King Constantine who died on January 10, 2023, at the age of 83.
The religious ceremony, of an intimate and familiar character, was held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Although it was a private event, an estimated 250 people attended. The religious service was celebrated by the Holy Synod of the high hierarchs of the Greek Church. Likewise, a funeral service is planned at the cemetery of Tatoi where the remains of Constantine are laid to rest.
Queen Sofia at the King Constantine funeral
Queen Emeritus Sofia, 84, has traveled to Athens to attend the ceremony in honor of her brother. King Felipe VI’s mother was accompanied by her sister, Princess Irene, 80, and her two daughters, Infanta Elena, 59, and Infanta Cristina, 57.
Sofia and Irene, deeply affected by the death of their brother, were comforted not only by the Spanish infantas, but also by their nephews and nieces.
Paul of Greece, 55, who will not hold the title of king but that of the head of the Greek royal house, accompanied by his wife, Marie Chantal, 54, headed the representation of the Greek royal family with his mother, Queen Anna Maria, 76.
The queen emeritus and her daughters wore mourning clothes. Sofia wore a dress with a pleated skirt, coat, and scarf. Infanta Elena, meanwhile, opted for a black skirt and blazer, while Infanta Cristina, who did not let go of Princess Irene’s hand, wore a pleated skirt and blazer with gold buttons. She complemented her look with black boots.
Despite the sadness, the emeritus queen smiled and greeted the people who crowded the doors of the temple who wanted to show their support for the deceased and his family.