december memories / 14



14th December, 1967 : King Constantine of Greece fled to Rome last night after the failure of his ill-organised attempt to topple the military junta. Mistakenly convinced that the Third Army Corps was loyal to him, the King flew to its Northern HQ, but there was no popular response to his broadcast appeal to all democrats for help in dismissing the military Government, which seized power eight months ago. The Air Force failed to rally, and senior Royalist Army officers were promptly arrested. Recrimination has followed the King and Queen to their exile home in Italy. The left accused the King of cowardice; junta supporters said he had fallen into “great error”. All were agreed that his flight marks the end of the monarchy in Greece.

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