Peter II and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia

As news surfaced Peter II is to be reburied in Serbia, let’s have a look at the life of a man who was the last King of Yugoslavia.

Peter II with his younger brothers, Andrej and Tomislav

Peter II with his younger brothers, Andrej and Tomislav

Peter II was the eldest son of Alexander I and Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. He had two younger brothers – Prince Andrej and Prince Tomislav. Peter ascended to the Throne in 1934, upon the assassination of his father, aged just 11. Until he came of age, regency was established with Prince Paul of Yugoslavia acting as the country’s Regent.

At the start of World War II commenced, the young King was strongly against the Nazi Germany. However, Prince Paul felt the only way to save Yugoslavia from horrors of the war was to join the Tripartite Pact, which the country did on 25 March 1941. Two days later, on 27 March, the 17-yeaar-old King was proclaimed of age and led the British-supported coup d’état against the Pact. Germany’s response was swift and ruthless; within a week the joint troops of Germany, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria invaded Yugoslavia, forcing Peter’s Government to surrender. Peter II had to leave the country; he settled in England where he led the Yugoslav Government-in-exile. During the time, the young Monarch joined the Royal Air Force to be of practical help, as well as worked to raise the morals his people.

Peter II and Princess Alexandra

Peter II and Princess Alexandra

Despite the constant worries about his country and people, Peter found happiness in those years; soon after arriving in London in 1941, he met the beautiful Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, the only daughter of King Alexander of Greece and Aspasia Manos. The two teens immediately bonded over the tragic loss of their fathers (Peter’s father was killed by an assassin, while Alexandra’s father had died of blood poisoning after being bitten by a monkey).


King Peter II of Yugoslavia To Be Reburied In Serbia

King Peter II of Yugoslavia

King Peter II of Yugoslavia

The press release issued by the official website of the Serbian Royal Family today states the last King of Yugoslavia is to be re-buried in the Royal Family Mausoleum in Oplenac. Before the reburial, the late King will lay in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Belgrade.

According to Royal Musings, the remains of the late King will be brought from Libertyville, Illinois, to Serbia on January 22.

Crown Prince Alexander II – the son and heir of Peter II – said he was very proud and moved, and that the event was of great importance not only for his own family, but also for the people of Serbia. The Prince also thanked Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, the Government and the Commission for Reburial of the Royal Family for their continuous support. The exact date of the ceremony is not yet known and will be decided later this year. A day will be chosen in coordination with the Serbian Orthodox Church, President Tomislav Nikolic, the Government, and the Royal House. (more…)

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