Constantine, the former King of Greece, has been hospitalized for several days in intensive care at a private hospital in Athens and is in serious condition, according to Greek state broadcaster ERT.
Although not intubated, the former monarch, 82, is reported to have limited interaction with his environment. His children have rushed to his bedside from their permanent residences abroad, and his sisters Sofia and Irene are also expected to arrive from Spain, ERT noted.
Chronic health problems
Constantine, who reigned as the last King of Greece from 1964 until the abolition of the Greek monarchy in 1974, has been confined to a wheelchair in recent years and hospitalized several times.
He previously resided in Porto Cheli in the eastern Peloponnese before relocating to Athens in 2021 to be closer to hospitals. He had suffered a stroke as well as respiratory problems in the past.
Constantine was last seen in public dining with his wife, Anne-Marie, and his sisters, Sofia and Irene, at a restaurant in the centre of Athens in October 2022.
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 fifty 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.