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The new, seventeen year-old King George arrives in Athens to begin a popular and successful fifty year reign

George I, King of the Hellenes, circa 1910, detail
10/30/1863
The year before, the Bavarian born king of Greece, Otto I, had been deposed, touching off a six-month international debate over who would follow him.  At the end of March, 1863, the Greek Parliament voted to request that seventeen year old Prince William of Denmark accept the throne.  Prince William acceded to the request and arrived in his new capital on this day. He would rule, for two weeks shy of fifty years, until his death in 1913.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Adolphus William Ward, George Peabody Gooch, (eds.), The Cambridge History of British Foreign Policy, 1783-1919 (London: Cambriidge University Press, 2012),  II: 616.
 

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