• Short Summary

    KING CONSTANTINE OF GREECE FLEW INTO EXILE IN ROME, ITALY, EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER THE FAILURE OF HIS ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE GREEK RULING MILITARY JUNTA IN ATHENS.

  • Description

    KING CONSTANTINE OF GREECE FLEW INTO EXILE IN ROME, ITALY, EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) AFTER THE FAILURE OF HIS ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE GREEK RULING MILITARY JUNTA IN ATHENS. HE ARRIVED AT ROME'S CIAMPINO MILITARY AIRPORT IN HIS PRIVATE PLANE ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE, QUEEN ANNE-MARIE, HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER PRINCESS ALEXIA, HIS SON PRINCE PAUL, HIS MOTHER, QUEEN FREDERIKA, AND HIS SISTER PRINCESS IRENE.

    A HANDFULL OF NEWSMEN, WAITING FOR A CHARTERED FLIGHT TO SALONIKA, GREECE, TO REPORT THE SITUATION IN GREECE, WERE THE ONLY ONES TO WITNESS THE KING'S ARRIVAL. THEY ARRIVED WITH ONLY A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF LUGGAGE -- AN INDICATION OF THE HASTE IN WHICH THEY MUST HAVE LEFT GREECE. AFTER REFRESHMENTS, THE ROYAL FAMILY ENTERED A GREEK EMBASSY LIMOUSINE AND WERE DRIVEN AWAY.

    THE KING IS SAID TO HAVE BLINKED BACK TEARS AS HE ARRIVED OFF THE AIRLINER AND DECLINED TO COMMENT TO REPORTERS. IN ATHENS TODAY, THE COLONELS WHO DEFEATED THE 27-YEAR-OLD KING'S SHORT-LIVED CHALLENGE TO THEIR RULE TIGHTENED THEIR CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY AND ROUNDED UP SENIOR ARMY OFFICERS WHO HAD SUPPORTED THE KING. THEY HAVE APPOINTED LIEUTENANT GENERAL YEORUIOS ZOITAKIS AS REGENT IN THE KING'S PLACE.

    YESTERDAY, KING CONSTANTINE LEFT ATHENS AND BROADCAST A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF GREECE SAYING THAT THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MILITARY COUP LAST APRIL HAD USED HIS NAME AND THAT HE HAD BEEN OBLIGED TO ACCEPT THE REGIME TO AVOID BLOODSHED. BUT NOW HE WAS FORCED TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE SO THAT GREECE COULD RETURN TO DEMOCRATIC RULE. THE KING URGED ALL GREEKS TO UNITE BEHIND HIM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5TFKHKGIKAMJL3AC10Y1VOJ5O
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TFKHKGIKAMJL3AC10Y1VOJ5O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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