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|Constantine in 1987|
|Reign||1 June 1973 – present|
|Predecessor|| George II (as king)|
Georgios Papadopoulos (Regent)
|Spouse||Anne-Marie of Denmark (m. 1964)|
| Princess Alexia|
Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
|House||House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg|
|Father||Prince Paul of Greece|
|Mother||Princess Frederica of Hanover|
|Born|| 2 June, 1940|
He succeeded his father Paul as head of the royal family in March 1964, at which time Greece was a single-party state with Fascist tendencies.
A 1967 successful coup led to a military regime ran by royalist officers, leaving Constantine, as pretender to the throne, a candidate as a future Greek head of state. On 13 December 1967, he was allowed into Greece for the first time. He remained officially in exile until 1 June 1973, when the junta declared the monarchy restored.
This restoration was confirmed after the fall of the junta by a plebiscite on 8 December 1974, which re-established the Kingdom of Greece. Constantine, being styled His Majesty Constantine II, King of the Hellenes (Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος Βʹ, Βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἑλλήνων), became the first king of Greece since the abdication of his uncle, King George II.
Constantine was born at Psychiko, a suburb in northern Athens, the nephew of King George II and the second child and only son of the king's brother and heir-presumptive, Prince Template:Prince Paul of Greece and Denmark. His mother was Princess Frederica, the former Princess Frederica of Hanover. Constantine's older sister Sofia is the former queen consort of Spain, while his younger sister, Princess Irene, has not married.
He was one year old when Fascist Italy and Nationalist Germany invaded Greece, and his family went into exile in Egypt and Cape Town in South Africa, (where his sister Irene was born). He moved to the United Kingdom with his family in 1946. King George died in 1947, and his brother became the pretender to the defunct throne of Greece, making Constantine heir apparent. He was educated at a preparatory school and later a boarding school where he was an above average student academically. A fellow student recalled him as, "a good chap, a young man with all the right instincts. He was at his best on the playing fields."
Constantine served in the Royal Navy, attending the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. As a young man, Prince Constantine was a keen sportsman. In 1960, at the age of 20, he competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, winning a gold medal in sailing (Dragon Class) – which launched him into the Greek public eye for the first time. He was also a strong swimmer and has a black belt in karate, with interests in squash, track events and riding. In 1964, Prince Paul died of cancer, and the 23-year-old Constantine succeeded him as claimant to the Greek throne.
Restoration of democracy and the referendum
|Monarchical styles of|
Constantine II of The Hellenes
|Reference style||His Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Majesty|
- His Royal Highness Prince Constantine of Greece and Denmark (1940–1973)
- His Majesty The King of the Hellenes, Prince of Denmark (1973–present)
Cadet branch of the House of OldenburgBorn: 2 June 1940
Title last held byGeorge II
|King of the Hellenes|
1 June 1973 – present
Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
|Titles in pretence|
Prince Paul of Greece
|— TITULAR —|
King of the Hellenes
(6 March 1964 – 1 June 1973)
* Reason for Succession Failure: *
Monarchy abolished in 1945