Charles’ subtle Coronation tribute to Prince Philip’s ‘most special’ birth place

King Charles paid a subtle tribute to his late father Prince Philip during an important moment of his Coronation ceremony.

The monarch's paternal Greek heritage was recognised at Westminster Abbey on Saturday in several parts.

A Greek Choir sang Psalm 17 during the exchange of swords when Charles was officially crowned reigning king.

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The Coronation liturgy was also printed in Greek as well as English and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira & Great Britain, Nikitas Loulias was present among the other religious leaders incorporated into the day.

Lambeth Palace confirmed the Greek details had been commissioned to reflect King Charles’ heritage.

A spokesperson said: “This moment has been specially commissioned to reflect His Majesty’s paternal heritage.

“His late Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was born a prince of Greece, and as such, in a service so deeply reminiscent and steeped in the memories of His Majesty’s late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the Greek Choir were invited to remind His Majesty of his father’s influence, and dedicated service to the late Queen, his family, the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.”

Prince Philip was the prince of Greece and Denmark, before the monarchy was abolished in Greece in 1973.

Philip started life on the Greek Island of Corfu, before being exiled with his family during a military coup which sought to take his uncle, King Constantine I, off the throne.

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King Charles has previously spoken publicly about his fondness for Greece as a result of his father’s ties to the country.

In Athens in 2021, the King said the country had “long held the most special place in my heart.”

Coronation celebrations will continue with a celebrity-filled concert on Sunday and a honorary bank holiday on Monday.

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