When Greece’s King Constantine II died in January, Britain’s Prince William asked a favor of his relative, Lady Gabriella Windsor ’04. Would she represent him at the funeral? It’s common practice for British royals to send representatives to funerals—Princess Anne stood in for King Charles III at the same event in Athens, and the late Queen Elizabeth attended funerals rarely. Windsor, who concentrated in comparative literature and Hispanic studies and went on to get a master’s in social anthropology from Oxford, was perhaps not an obvious choice—she had fainted during Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state ceremony the previous September (she and the Queen were close). But William had a good reason to ask her: Constantine, who lived much of his life in exile in London, was godfather to them both.
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