Exiled King Constantine of Greece and his family celebrated his name-day at the Greek Orthodox Church in Rome on Monday (May 21) while the Greek Government celebrated it in Athens.
SV King Constantine & Queen Anne-Marie with two children out of car, greeted, walk to Greek Orthodox Church in Rome, kiss holy Bible and enter church
LV Other VIP's enter church
GV INT Church during service ZOOM TO King and Queen at alter (2 shots)
GV Athens Cathedral
GV Premier Papadopoulos and escort arrive
GV Guard of honour and Papadopoulos walks to Cathedral where greeted by Deputy Premier Pattakos and enter
GV Guard of honour and Athens Cathedral (3 shots)
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Background: Exiled King Constantine of Greece and his family celebrated his name-day at the Greek Orthodox Church in Rome on Monday (May 21) while the Greek Government celebrated it in Athens.
The King has lived in Italy since he went into self-imposed exile in December 1976 -- after an abortive counter-coup against the military regime which took over government eight months earlier. He is still regarded as King in Greece, and Prime Minister George Papadopoulos rules as Regent.
'Name-day' are celebrated to commemorate the day that a person's patron saint died. King Constantine's patron is Constantine the Great, who was the first Roman Emperor to become a Christian.