Last Greek king, Constantine II, dies at 82

The last king of Greece, Con­stan­tine II, has died at the age of 82, doc­tors have announced.

He died late Tues­day in the inten­sive care unit of a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Athens, the Asso­ci­at­ed Press report­ed, cit­ing hos­pi­tal officials.

In 1964, Con­stan­tine II ascend­ed to the throne, and three years lat­er a mil­i­tary coup broke out, mark­ing a tur­bu­lent peri­od in Greek history.

After that, he failed in a coup d’é­tat and was forced to flee abroad. In 1973 the monar­chy was abolished.

Con­stan­tine II was sub­se­quent­ly deprived of Greek citizenship.

He mar­ried Princess Anne-Marie of Den­mark. The cou­ple had five children.

In 2002, he received com­pen­sa­tion for a for­mer prop­er­ty owned by him and his fam­i­ly in the country.

At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Con­stan­tine II won the team gold medal for his pas­sion for yachting.

Lat­er he became a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Olympic Committee.

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