Succession to the Greek throne

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The Greek monarchy was abolished by the then-ruling military regime on 1 June 1973, an act that was repeated by plebiscite on 8 December 1974 after the regime's fall. The title of king is used by the last reigning monarch, Constantine II (r. 1964–1973). His son, the Crown Prince Pavlos, who was born in 1967, is the heir apparent to the title.

Law of succession[edit]

According to Article 45 of the Greek Constitution of 1864 [1] and the Greek Constitution of 1911,[2] the crown descended according to primogeniture among the descendants of George I, males before females. In 1952, the succession clause was clarified to stipulate that the crown is inherited with preference to the descendants of the current king in order of primogeniture, the males taking preference,[3] i.e., the sovereign's sons (and their descendants, in respective order) inherit according to seniority of age among siblings with males before females, followed by the sovereign's daughters (and their descendants, in respective order) in like manner.

Current situation[edit]

The descendants of King Paul, who are in the line of succession:[4][5]

Line of Succession in June 1973[edit]


According to the 1864 and 1911 Greek Constitutions[edit]

According to the 1952 Greek Constitution[edit]


  1. British and Foreign State Papers. Volume 56. British Foreign Office. 1870. p.577. (In French)
  2. 1911 Constitution
  3. Norfid
  4. Kongelig dansk hof- og statskalender 2013. Statshåndbog for kongeriget Danmark - udgivet ved foranstaltning af Hendes Majestæt Dronningens Kabinetssekretariat og Statsministeriet i forening, Digitaliseringsstyrelsen, 2013 ISBN 978-87-995647-7-4
  5. The Greek Royal Family: The Royal Family
  6. Kerr, Stephen. The Juridical Analysis of the Succession to the Headship of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies. 1973. International Academy for the Promotion of Historical Studies. 2005, retrieved 15/06/2010.
  7. "Prince Michael Weds Commoner", The New York Times, 8 February 1965, page 3.
  8. Willis, Daniel (1999). The Descendants of Louis XIII. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Co. pp. 94, 762. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5.

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