For the third consecutive year, Greek soldiers held their traditional Orthodox Easter celebrations at their barracks in Athens in the absence of the King and the Royal Family, living in exile in Italy.
GV decoration on royal barracks
SV The Regent arrives and is greeted (2 shots)
SV & CU Regent cracks an egg with Evzones and Cretans of the Royal Guard (2 shots)
SV & CU Parachutists barbecuing pigs at the Aspropyrgos centre (2 shots)
SV Deputy Premier Pattakos arrives and is greeted
SV Pattakos sits at table
SV Pattakos cracks eggs with parachute officers.
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Background: For the third consecutive year, Greek soldiers held their traditional Orthodox Easter celebrations at their barracks in Athens in the absence of the King and the Royal Family, living in exile in Italy.
The Royal Guard Barracks were specially decorated for the Easter festivities. The Greek Orthodox Church usually celebrates Easter a few weeks after the Catholic and Protestant Churches.
Evzones and Cretan troops acted as hosts to the Regent, General George Zoetakis, deputising for the absent King. The egg cracking ceremony is a traditional Orthodox way of celebrating Easter, and the Regent happily went along with the age-old festivity.
At a training centre in Athens, Greek paratroopers barbecued a whole pig for their lunch and later they were visited by Mr. Pattakos, the Deputy Premier.