January 31, 1953

DEATH OF QUEEN’S FATHER: Hanover, 30 – Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig, aged 65, father of Queen Frederika of Greece, died this morning at Marienburg Castle near Hanover. His death came after a three-week illness attributed to a circulatory problem. His Majesty King Paul of Greece, who was the late duke’s son-in-law, had arrived in Hanover earlier in the week on a private visit to the duke at his Marienburg estate and was at his bedside when he died. Queen Frederika of Greece, who recently returned to Athens from a visit to her father, was immediately informed by telegram of the duke’s death. PAPAGOS’S ANNOUNCEMENT: Her Majesty the Queen will not attend her father’s funeral, according to a decision she made during her last visit to her ailing father, when it became clear that he would not survive. (Ed. note: King Paul had scheduled an unofficial visit to Queen Elizabeth II in London, which he postponed for a few days. During his absence from Greece, Queen Frederika was acting as regent, a role which did not permit her to leave the country. COMMUNIST POLICE OFFICER: A court council has ruled that the communist police officer G.S. (…), who has been dismissed, be committed for trial by an appeals court for allegedly disseminating communist propaganda from 1945 to 1952.

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