According to a royal source speaking to ITV, Prince Charles is “keen” on attending the bicentennial of Greece’s War of Independence in the country.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis invited Charles, Prince of Wales, to attend the parade honoring the Greek Revolution’s bicentennial to be held on March 25 in late January.
French President Emanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin were also extended an invitation to attend the event, which will be held under strict anti-coronavirus measures in Athens.
Putin has turned down Greece’s invitation to attend the parade.
Due to the UK’s strict anti-virus measures, Prince Charles cannot commit to being a guest at the parade. Still, he’s hoping to make an appearance at the celebration if restrictions are eased, according to a royal source speaking to ITV.
Prince Charles’ Greek connections
His excitement over attending the historic celebration is not surprising, as Prince Charles has deep connections to Greece.
Born in Corfu, Prince Philip, Charles’ father, is a Greek and Danish royal family member.
After the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922, just a year after his birth, the infant Prince Philip and his family were unwanted in the country and were forced to flee into exile in Paris.
Prince Philip was spirited away from Greece, hidden inside a crate of oranges.
Despite this, Prince Philip and his son Charles have maintained strong connections with Greece.
In a piece written for Greek newspaper Ta Nea, Charles expressed that Greece is the “land of my grandfather” and “very much part of my identity.”
His commitment to the country is also evident by his international trust, which aims to help 4,000 young people in Greece get into employment, develop their own businesses, or improve their opportunities and reach their full potential by 2023.