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.
Peter II is the only European Monarch currently buried in the United States. When in 2007 Crown Prince Alexander announced plans to return the body of his father to Serbia, that upset some Serbian-Americans who felt the late King should rest in peace in the place he himself had chosen – the St. Save Serbian Orthodox Monastery.