King George II

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King George II

George II (July 20, 1890 - April 1, 1947), King of the Hellenes (Greece) ruled from 1922-1924 and 1935-1947.

George II was born at Tatoi, near Athens, the son of Constantine I, King of the Hellenes (August 2 1868 - January 11 1923) and his wife, Queen Sophie (June 14 1870 - January 13 1932).

He married, on February 27 1921 at Bucharest, Princess Elisabeth of Romania ( October 12 1894 - November 14 1956), daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania and Princess Marie of Edinburgh. They had no children, and were divorced on July 6, 1935.

He succeeded to the Greek throne on his father's abdication, September 27, 1922. In late 1923 he was asked by the government to leave Greece "on leave" while the National Assembly considered the question of the future form of government. He complied and left for an exile to Romania, later living in Great Britain. He was officially deposed when a republic was proclaimed on March 25, 1924. He was restored to the throne, November 3 1935, but again left Greece following the German invasion, April 23, 1941. This time he went into exile to Great Britain. He was recalled to the throne September 28, 1946.

George II died of a sudden heart attack in the Royal Palace in Athens on April 1, 1947.


Preceded by:
Constantine I
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King of the Hellenes

1922–1924
Succeeded by:
Republic
(Pavlos Kountouriotis, Provisional Head of State)
Preceded by:
Republic
(Alexandros Zaimis, President)
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King of the Hellenes

1935–1947
Succeeded by:
Paul