It was announced today that the remains of Queen Maria and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia will be moved to Serbia. The State Funeral for the two Queens as well as Peter II of Yugoslavia will take place on May 26, 2013.
All three will be reburied in St George’s Church in Oplenac. It’s a somewhat surprising development because although the reburial of King Peter has been known for quite some time now, there were only unconfirmed reports about the reuburial for the other members of the Royal Family: back in January, adviser to President Nikolic confirmed that the delay with Peter II’s reburial was in connection with the expected transfer of the remains of of three more family members, all to be buried with the King.
Maria was the Queen Consort of Alexander I of Yugoslavia and mother of Peter II. She was born as Princess Marie of Romania, the daughter of Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania. Through her mother, she was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Emperor Alexander II of Russia. Though her father, Maria was a great-granddaughter of Ferdinand II and Maria II of Portugal. She died in exile in London on 22 June 1961 and was interred at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore.
Alexandra was the Queen Consort of Peter II of Yugoslavia and mother of the current claimant to the Serbian Throne, Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia. She was born as Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, the daughter of King Alexander of Greece and his morganatic wife, Aspasia Manos. She was a paternal-line great-granddaughter of German Emperor Frederick III, and great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and King Christian IX of Denmark, and a great-great-great-granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. She died in exile in England and was buried in Greece, in the former private Greek royal residence at Tatoi.
Prince Andrej was born on 28 June 1929 as the third son of Alexander I and Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, and thus a brother to Peter II. He was married trice. Firstly, to Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse (daughter of Prince Christoph of Hesse and Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark); they had two children together, Princess Maria Tatiana and Prince Christopher. After the couple’s divorce, Andrej married Princess Kira of Leiningen (daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia and Karl, 6th Prince of Leiningen) with whom he had three children – Lavinia (born before the couple’s marriage and subsequently legally adopted by Andrej), Prince Karl Vladimir and Prince Dimitri Ivan. That marriage also ended in divorce and Prince Andrej married Eva Maria Andjelkovich; they had no children together.
To read more about King Peter and Queen Alexandra, read this post: Peter II and Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia
To read about the impending reburial, read this post: Date Announced for the State Funeral for King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia
To read the initial announcement on the King’s reburial, read this post: King Peter II of Yugoslavia To Be Reburied In Serbia