The last king of Greece Constantine II dies at 82

The last king of Greece Constantine II dies at 82.
The last king of Greece Constantine II dies at 82. Photo by Holger-Motzkau-2010-Wikipedia-Wikimedia-Commons.

Greece´s former and last King Constantine II was forced into exile in 1967, after he clashed with military rulers, who later abolished monarchy 

The former Greek King Constantine II, who was the last monarch to rule Greece died at the age of 82.  

According to a report in the Guardian on Tuesday, January 10, Constantine II died after suffering from a stroke at a private hospital in Athens.  

The cousin of the British monarch King Charles III, he was admitted in the hospital last week after suffering breathing problems.  

Constantine II acceded to the throne at the age of 23 in 1964. He was the son of King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece, and over took the throne after the death of his father.  

His reign was marred by political instability, which eventually resulted in a military coup on April 21 1967.  

After a few months, Constantine II was forced to leave Greece after an unsuccessful clash with the military. 

He then resided in Rome until the military dictatorship ruling Greece abolished the monarchy in 1973.  

In 1974 democracy was restored in Greece. Over 70 percent of the Greek population then voted to abolish the monarchy through a referendum.

This resulted in ending the dynasty started by George I, Constantine´s great grandfather in 1863.

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