|Zarzuela Royal Palace, Madrid|
A spokesman for Zarzuela Royal Palace in Madrid said Queen Frederika fell asleep at a local hospital after undergoing eyelid surgery. (see more about this later in this obit). She was 63 years old.
The Queen who had been born Frederica Louisa Thyra Victoria Margareta Sophie Olga Cécilie Isabelle Christa of Hanover, 18 April 1917, most recently lived in London, had been spending a holiday at the palace with her daughter, Queen Sophia and King Juan Carlos of Spain.
She was buried in the Royal Cemetery in Athens next to her husband, King Paul & had been in exile since the ouster of her son King Constantine II in 1973/
Through her maternal grandfather, Frederica was a great-granddaughter of Friedrich III, the Prussian Kaiser (Emperor) & Princess Victoria, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, making Queen Victoria her great-grandmother. This makes Frederica a second cousin to both Queen Elizabeth II and of Prince Philip on her father’s side, but through marriage, she is also related to Prince Philip by marriage and is his aunt.
As a descendant of George III who himself was a f Frederick Louis, prince of Wales, and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha III (the mad king that the American colonists fought) , she was, at birth, 34th in the line of succession to the British throne although she had no British rank or title. Here is part of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Tree, you can click around to see the rest. This one is much more direct.
In 1936 Crown Prince Paul, later King Paul of Greece proposed to her in Berlin when he was there to see the 1936 Summer Olympics; she was born in Prussia. Their engagement was announced official on September 28, 1937.
On January 9, 1938 they married in Athens. Paul himself was the son of Constantine I (himself Danish/German on his father’s side which is how he is related to the Hapsburgs of England as well as through his mother, the Royal Russian Family: Princess Sophia his mother was the Royal Aunt to the deposed Last Tsar of Russia. (Therefore he was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a second cousin to Frederica)
However in adulthood these things were to be weighed against her, by critics on the left. Opposition also arose against her, during her reign as queen and even later, on account of her strong-willed personality and her meddling in Greek political affairs as she tried to stamp her Royal Authority on the events.
|King Constantine II|
After a clumsily organised counter-coup by the King failed, King Constantine was forced to flee into exile and on June 1, 1973 the Regime of the colonels abolished the Greek Monarchy. The new head-of-state was President of Greece George Papadopoulos.