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King Of The Hellenes

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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47.

asked the Prime Minister whether he has given any undertaking in regard to the future status of King George of Greece?

No, Sir. In accordance with the principles of the Atlantic Charter, it will be for the Greek people to decide on the future Government of their country. The King of the Hellenes himself declared in his broadcast of 4th July last that, as soon as the security of the country is complete and the necessities of military operations allow, free and general elections for a Constituent Assembly will be held. Until the Greek people can express their will in conditions of freedom and tranquillity, it is the settled policy of His Majesty's Government to support the King of the Hellenes, who is at once our loyal Ally and the constitutional head of the Greek State.

Does not my right hon. Friend deplore the tendency to prove that one is a good democrat by decrying constitutional monarchy?