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Prince William Unexpectedly Withdraws from Memorial Service for Late King Constantine of Greece

Prince William Unexpectedly Withdraws from Memorial Service for Former King Constantine

27 February 2024, 11:14 GMT

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The Surprising Absence

Prince William unexpectedly pulled out of attending the memorial service for the late former King Constantine of Greece, where he had been due to give a reading.

Kensington Palace announced that the Prince’s absence was due to a “personal matter.” No further details have been provided regarding the reason, but royal sources claim that there is no cause for alarm.

British Royal Family

Amidst the memorial service held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Queen Camilla led members of the Royal Family as representatives.

Neither the King, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, nor Prince William were able to attend. However, it is assured that Prince William’s wife, Catherine, who underwent abdominal surgery last month, is in good health, according to Kensington Palace.

The Prince of Wales personally conveyed his regrets to the Greek royal family, establishing a considerate approach despite his absence.

With the recent series of medical occurrences within the royal family, including Catherine’s surgery and the King’s health challenges, public interest in their welfare has been on the rise.

While Prince William’s sudden withdrawal may have raised some questions, the palace has been consistent in their message of reassurance, urging the public to avoid drawing undue conclusions.

As the service honored the life of former King Constantine, Prince William’s godfather who passed away last year, the reading was given by Crown Prince Pavlos, the eldest son of the deceased.

Attendance and Historical Connections

The memorial service saw the presence of numerous royals, including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and members of overseas royal families who traveled to Windsor to pay their respects.

King Charles, who shared a sailing partnership with the late Duke of Edinburgh, held a particularly close bond with his second cousin, Constantine, who was formerly the King of Greece until he was overthrown in a military coup.

In Memory of King Constantine

The service for former King Constantine served as a thoughtful tribute to a significant figure in Greek and royal history.


1. The Queen and Princess Royal attending the memorial service

2. The Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, among the royals in attendance

3. Strong presence of the royal family at King Constantine’s memorial service

4. Queen Camilla arriving at the service

5. Crown Prince Pavlos and his wife, Marie-Chantal, arriving at St George’s Chapel

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