King Charles wears Greek flag tie days after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak snubs Greece counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis


A Buckingham Palace source told CNN the tie was simply one from the King’s current collection and has made other recent appearances.

Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to meet Sunak in London on Tuesday. However, the meeting was abruptly cancelled by Downing St after Mitsotakis made comments during a television interview about the status of the Parthenon Sculptures, which are currently housed in the British Museum in London.

On Sunday, Mitsotakis told the BBC in an interview the sculptures were “essentially stolen” and his government would continue to lobby for a deal and push for a “partnership” with the UK.

Greece has repeatedly called for the return of the sculptures, which UK diplomat Lord Elgin removed from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the early 19th century, when he was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.

The Greece Prime Minister said in a statement shared by his office on Monday he was “annoyed that the British Prime Minister cancelled our scheduled meeting just hours before it was due to take place”, adding “Greece and the UK are united by traditional ties of friendship” and his country’s position on the Parthenon Sculptures is “well-known”.

“Whoever believes in the correctness and justice of their views, is never afraid of opposing arguments,” he added.

King Charles’ father was born on the Greek island of Corfu and was named Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, before he married Queen Elizabeth II and became the Duke of Edinburgh.

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