Burial of former president Constantine Stephanopoulos takes place in Patras

The body of Greece’s former president Constantine Stephanopoulos was buried next to that of his wife on Wednesday, at the 1st cemetery in the port city of Patras where he was born. Large crowds turned out to accompany the late politician to his final resting place and to attend the burial, which was held on Wednesday afternoon.

The president’s body arrived in a coffin covered with a Greek flag and escorted by a military honour guard from all three branches of the armed forces, as well as a military band. Following a service attended by the late president’s children and grandchildren, the coffin was put on public view for the mourners that came to pay their last respects.

An honour guard fired into the air just before the coffin was lowered into the ground while the gathered crowds clapped.

A funeral for Stephanopoulos was held on Tuesday in the Athens district of Paleo Psychiko, with head of state honours and a 21-gun salute from Lycabettus Hill. The former president died in an Athens hospital on Sunday night at the age of 90, due to complications caused by pneumonia.