She was a very busy Queen of Greece for 18 years, until her husband's death, on 6th March 1964. She had set up some charities, which attracted different comments from the Greek society.
When her son King Constantine II and the RF were forced to flee Greece, she lived for a while in Rome, then London, before moving to Madras, India, with her youngest daughter, HRH Princess Irene. There she led a simple life, in meditation, following a local guru.
She died in Madrid, on 6th February 1981, age 63, of heart attach as a consequence of a minor operation to remove excess skin around her eyes.
Thanks to her son-in-law's intervention, HM King Juan Carlos I, the Greek RF in exile were allowed to enter Greece for a day, in order to attend her funeral and burial at Tatoi, burial place of the Greek RF. The funeral was attended by many members of Royal Families, both reigning and deposed.
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