After the death of Alexander by a tragic accident, Constantine returned to his throne but only briefly. He would abdicate once more and this time his oldest son George became King of Greece.
Constantine I of Greece Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1868 - 1923 *** Full Name: Constantine I of Greece *** Occupation: King of Greece *** Date of Birth: Constantine I of Greece was born on August 2nd 1868 *** Place of Birth: Constantine I of Greece was born in Athens, Greece *** Family background: His father was King George I and his mother Olga Constantinovna of Russia. He was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his siblings, Prince George, Prince Nicholas, Princess Maria, Princess Olga, Prince Andrew and Prince Christopher *** Education: Constantine I of Greece would have received the best possible education from such tutors as Ioannis Pantazidis, Vasileios Lakonas and Constantine Paparrigopoulos***
Constantine I of Greece Fact 1: Constantine I of Greece was born on August 2nd 1868 and during the 19th century period in history when many empires across the globe collapsed, the Spanish, first and second French, Holy Roman, Mughal and Chinese but the British and Russian Empires, the United States and German Empire where on the rise.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 2: When he was born the crowds outside the palace kept shouting Constantine as this was the name they felt should be for the future King of Greece.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 3: When he was born he automatically became the Duke of Sparta.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 4: In October of 1882 he joined the Hellenic Military Academy.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 10: The monarchs popularity took a hit when during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 ended in defeat. Calls were made for reforms within the army and that the Royal princes, in particular Constantine, as well as his brothers, be removed from the military. Although there would be removed after the Goudi coup in 1909, several months later they would be reinstated by the new Prime Minister.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 11: Constantine would be appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Greek Army of Thessaly in 1912. During the first Balkan War the Greek’s were able to outmaneuver the Turkish and so were able to lead them to a quick surrender.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 16: King Constantine felt it best for Greece to remain neutral based on his belief that that was what was best for his country.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 18: Constantine’s personal views lay with the Germans and his wife Sophie’s brother Wilhelm II and although many thought Sophie herself would back her brother, she in fact was on the side of the British, much influenced by her mother. The Prime Minister of Greece at the time was also trying his hardest to get Constantine to join the allies but failed to the detriment of his position.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 19: As ex-Prime Minister, Venizelos established the provisional revolutionary government which would declare against the Central Powers who were in fact the Germans.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 20: Under enormous pressure to pick a side but unable to do so, he fled Greece for Switzerland and because his first born son had served in the Germany armed forces he left his son Alexander to take his place as King.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 21: Constantine would be called upon to return to his country after his son died in 1920, although his return would be short lived.
Constantine I of Greece Fact 22: By 1923 he would again go into exile in Italy where four months later Constantine I of Greece died on January 11th 1923 aged fifty four years.
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