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King Charles Wears Greek Flag Tie at State Visit

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King Charles III (right) wearing the tie with the Greek flag with Queen Camilla (2nd right) shows the President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol (2nd left) and his wife Kim Keon Hee (3rd left) a special exhibition of items from the Royal Collection relating to the Republic of Korea. Credit: Royal Family

King Charles, a staunch Philhellene, wore a Greek flag tie during the official visit of the South Korean President in London earlier in the week.

The Greek flag tie is believed to have been purchased in one of King Charle’s visits to Athens. It is a piece from the “Pagoni Maison des Cravates”, an upscale boutique located in Kolonaki, Athens.

During its history, the boutique has dressed Presidents of the Greek Republic, politicians, artists, and famous foreigners.

King Charles has visited Greece several times, the most recent being in March 2021, when he attended the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence celebrations.

During a speech at the Presidential Mansion in Athens, he paid a touching tribute to the historic ties between the U.K. and Greece.

He said he was “delighted” to be back in Greece, which has long held the most special place in his heart.

Charles: “We are all Greeks”

He added that “today, as in 1821, Greece can count on her friends in the United Kingdom. The ties between us are strong and vital, and make a profound difference to our shared prosperity and security.

“In feeling a profound connection to Greece—her landscapes, her history and her culture—I am hardly alone: there is something of her essence in us all,” he said. “As the wellspring of Western civilization, Greece’s spirit runs through our societies and our democracies. Without her, our laws, our art, our way of life, would never have flourished as they have.”

In a previous visit to Greece in 2018, Charles hailed the traditionally close ties between the UK and Greece and highlighted Greece’s role in the world by saying: “We are all Greeks”.

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece,” he said.

When Prince Charles said that Greece is in his blood upon his first official visit to the country, he was not just speaking metaphorically, as both his father and grandfather were born in Greece.

The grandfather of the Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, was born at Tatoi Palace, on the outskirts of Athens in 1882. His father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was born on the island of Corfu, at Mon Repos Palace, in 1921.

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