King Constantine II of Greece TLS Exile in London 1981

Written in exile, most likely from London, King Constantine II of Greece writes to Joseph Kingsbury-Smith on his blue stationary imprinted with a crown and the letter K. The letter is in excellent condition, dated December 1, 1981, it reads: “Dear Mr. Kingsbury-Smith (in his hand) I am writing to thank you very much for sending copies of your articles for me to read. / It was pleasant to see you again in London and I hope that we will be able to spend more time together when the opportunity arises. / The queen joins me in sending our best wishes to you. (signed) Constantine R”

Joseph Kingsbury-Smith was a former national editor and chief foreign writer of Hearst newspapers. He worked for the Hearst empire for seven decades, starting in 1924 as a 16 yr old office boy at its wire agency, International News Service. That same year, they asked him to write a story about the Democratic Convention in Madison Square Garden which ended up on the front page. In 1955 William Randolph Hearst, Frank Conniff and Kingsbury-Smith interviewed Communist Party chief Nikita Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders, earning them the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting.

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