July 2, 1995 in Nation/World

Wedding So Crowded That Royalty Rides The Bus

Associated Press
 

There were so many royal guests that kings and queens from all over Europe had to ride buses to reach the wedding.

The exiled crown prince of Greece married the daughter of a millionaire businessman Saturday in an elaborate ceremony before the largest gathering of royals since Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding in 1947.

Surrounded by the ornate Byzantine splendor of St. Sophia Cathedral, Crown Prince Pavlos and Marie-Chantal Miller were married by a Greek Orthodox patriarch, an archbishop and several bishops.

The hour-long service was broadcast live in Greece, where the monarchy was abolished 21 years ago. Greeks who support the current republic are angry that the wedding is rekindling debate about the monarchy.

Royalty from around the world turned out in a tribute to the prince’s father, ex-King Constantine, who has lived in London since a 1967 military coup.

Queen Elizabeth arrived in a limousine, as did King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor.

But King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and other royals from reigning families in Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein came by bus. So did royals without kingdoms from Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Germany and Iran.

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