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Constantine, Former King of Greece, Hospitalized with Pneumonia

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Constantine, the former King of Greece and his wife Anne-Marie attending a wedding in 2010. Credit: Holger Motzkau, CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikipedia Commons

Constantine, the former King of Greece, was rushed to a hospital in Athens on Wednesday suffering from pneumonia, and not a stroke as originally reported.

The 81-year-old former monarch, who resides in Porto Cheli, in the eastern Peloponnese, was initially taken to the local health center where staff succeeded in stabilizing his condition. Later, it was decided that he should be transferred to an Athens hospital.

Constantine, who reigned as the last King of Greece from 1964 until the abolition of the Greek monarchy in 1974, has recently been confined to a wheelchair. He had suffered a stroke in the past and had been hospitalized for four days.

He was last seen in public at the wedding in Athens of his youngest son, Philippos, with Nina Flohr in October. It was the third wedding ceremony for the couple, who first married last December in a small civil ceremony in St. Moritz, Switzerland, followed by a high society springtime celebration in Cambridgeshire.

Constantine accepted Greece’s decision to become a Republic

Constantine and his wife Anne-Marie lived in London until 2013 when the political climate in Greece was deemed sufficiently calm for them to take up residence in the country once more.

The former king has since repeatedly said that he recognizes and fully supports the Greek Republic, stating in a TIME interview: “If the Greek people decide that they want a republic, they are entitled to have that and should be left in peace to enjoy it.”

After the abolition of the monarchy, Greece took over the Tatoi Palace, the estate of the former Greek royal family, located just north of Athens. The former king was compensated a small amount for the property after a long legal battle at the European Court of Human Rights.

Greece is now hoping to convert the stunning estate, which has been left abandoned for the past 50 years, into a hub of culture, history, and luxury.

In addition to shops, restaurants, and nature trails, a luxury hotel and spa will be constructed on the property.

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