The Greek destroyer 'Nike' bearing the body of Prince George of Greece who died in France last week, arrived this afternoon (december 1) in Piraeus from Toulon.
The "Nike" arrives at Piraeus and takes bert before the Officials.
General views of the processing starting from the quay; in the background the "Nike".
King Paul and Princes follow the coffin.
Sailor place the coffin on a gun-carriage.
Archbishop of Athens Theoklitos and other Church dignitaries follow the procession.
General view of the gun-carriage and a close of the coffin.
King Paul, etc.
General and semi-general views of the procession.
Archbishop of Athens and other high church dignitaries preceding the coffin (one closer)
The coffin, placed on a gun-carriage and surrounded by Cretans in
their traditional costumes, heads towards Athens (one closer)
King Paul seen preceding the group of Princes.
Closer shot as above.
The Royal Cars with the widow, the Queen and the princesses follow the procession.
Another general view: King Paul's and princes' back and in the background the procession.
Premier Karamanlis leading his Cabinet members.
Same slot closer.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The Greek destroyer 'Nike' bearing the body of Prince George of Greece who died in France last week, arrived this afternoon (december 1) in Piraeus from Toulon.
The late Prince's son and son in law, Prince Peter and Prince Torre Tasso accompanied the coffin while his widow, Princess Maria Bonaparte, arrived by air to Athens.
The bier will lie in state at Athens Cathedral until Wednesday December 4, when the funeral will take place.
King Paul and Queen Frederika, the Greek Royal Family, Princess Torre Tasso, daughter of the late Prince, Princess Eugenie of Greece and her children, Princess Rene of Bourbon Parme, Prince Michael of Greece, Princess Axel of Denmark, Prince and Princess Vigo, Count and Countess Rosenberg were among the dignitaries awaiting the disembarkation of the bier.
Greek President Karamanlis and his entire cabinet, Military and church officials, together with thousands of ordinary people also waited in the snow and sleet at the quay side.