King Charles III's Greek flag tie was not a sign of support for Greece
Buckingham Palace said today that the tie worn by Britain's King Charles III during his participation in the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, which the media reported was in support of Greece due to its color and motif, is part of its current collection.
The palace said the king wore the same tie last week when he welcomed South Korea's president, ahead of a row between British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The British and Greek governments recently got into a dispute over the return of ancient Greek sculptures from the British Museum. Sunak then canceled the meeting with Mitsotakis, accusing him of breaking his promise not to mention solving the "eternal" bilateral cultural-diplomatic problem.
The British king sparked intense speculation after the climate summit by choosing a blue and white tie reminiscent of the Greek flag.
The media reported that the king, although obliged to remain politically neutral, sided with Athens with his choice of clothing.
The king's picture was published on most Greek news sites under headlines such as: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
An article on the website of Greek daily Kathimerini said: "Although King Charles has not taken a position on the issue, the move is seen by many analysts as an indirect form of support."
However, Charles is known to be a lover of Greek culture and is a frequent visitor to the country where his father, Prince Philip, was born.
The king likes to spend his holidays there and is a passionate lover of all things Hellenic.
This isn't the first time the royal outfit has fueled rumours.
In 2017, Queen Elizabeth II fueled speculation that she was taking a stand on the Brexit dispute by wearing a blue hat with yellow flowers reminiscent of the EU flag.