1 September 2005
Category: In The Press
King Constantine and Prince Nikolaos visited Australia, in order to participate in the annual Round Square conference. For those who are not familiar with Round Square, it is an international association, consisting of 54 schools. Amongst its member schools, is the Hellenic College of London, which was founded by King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie in 1980.
Patrons include Prince Andrew of Great Britain, Sonya Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Kevan Gosper, a member of the International Olympic Committee for Australia. King Constantine is the President of the Board of Directors. This years central theme was Unity, Tolerance and Understanding. Over 500 representatives from member schools took part in the conference hosted by the Ivanhoe Grammar School in Ridgeway, Australia. The royal visit concurred with the Aussie Rules and Cricket finals, taking place at the Ivanhoe Grammar School.
In his speech, King Constantine focused on the grave issue of terrorism. In presenting Prince Andrew to the audience, he remarked that the Prince is the only member of a royal family today, who has fought in battle and one of the few who can testify as to the value of peace. Prince Andrew was a pilot in the Falkland Islands war in 1982, although the Press was much more interested in his marital disputes with his former wife, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, with whom he finally separated in the early nineties.
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