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William misses godfather’s memorial service due to personal matter

The prince was due to deliver a reading in St George’s Chapel in honour of the late King Constantine of Greece.

The Prince of Wales is not attending the thanksgiving service
Royal visit to British Red Cross The Prince of Wales is not attending the thanksgiving service (Kin Cheung/PA)

The Prince of Wales has pulled out of attending a memorial service for the late King Constantine of Greece at Windsor Castle due to a personal matter.

Kensington Palace would not elaborate further but said the Princess of Wales, who is recovering from abdominal surgery, continues to be doing well.

William, who was due to deliver a reading, called the Greek royal family who are attending the service in St George’s Chapel to let them know he was unable to attend.

Constantine II of Greece, who died in January last year, was William’s godfather.

Kate is away from official royal engagements until after Easter following major surgery in January.

The King is also missing the service as he continues treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.

Charles, who has been staying at Windsor Castle, is due to leave the Berkshire residence at some point on Tuesday morning.

The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Mike Tindall and the Princess Royal arrive at the service
King Constantine of the Hellenes thanksgiving service The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Mike Tindall and the Princess Royal arrive at the service (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Dozens of foreign royals travelled to Windsor to attend the service but the King is not expected to meet them privately.

Constantine’s eldest son Crown Prince Pavlos is to step in to give the reading in William’s place.

The Duke of York led family members including his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice, the Princess Royal and Zara and Mike Tindall, who arrived at the chapel after being driven to the castle quadrangle by coach.

Camilla is greeted as she attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes
King Constantine of the Hellenes thanksgiving service Camilla is greeted as she attends a thanksgiving service for the life of King Constantine of the Hellenes (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The final member of the British royal family to arrive was the Queen, who was driven down from the castle to the 15th century chapel.

She was warmly greeted by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev Christopher Cocksworth, at the Galilee Porch.

The King was close to his second cousin Constantine, who was a first cousin once removed and sailing partner of the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Constantine died at the age of 82 in January last year, decades after being toppled from the throne in a military coup.