Sunday, May 26, 2013

Serbian State Funeral

Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein and his wife Princess Isabelle were in Serbia this weekend to assist at the reburial of the remains of King Peter II of Yugoslavia, his wife Queen Alexandra, née Princess of Greece and Denmark, his mother Queen Maria, a born princess of Romania, and his brother, Prince Andrej in a state funeral.

Photo: Screenshot from RTS
King Peter II had come to the throne at the age of 17 in 1941 but only reigned for eleven days when Nazi-Germany invaded the country and the royal family had to flee. He died in the United States in 1970 and was buried at the Saint Sava Monastery Church in Libertyville, Illinois.

His mother Maria died in exile in London and was interred at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore adjoining Windsor Castle, his wife Alexandra also died in England but was buried in the former private Greek royal residence at Tatoi in Greece, and his brother Andrej was originally laid to rest at the cemetery of the New Gračanica Monastery near Chicago.

The remains of the four members of the Karađorđević royal family were transferred to the Church of St. George in Oplenac in central Serbia yesterday and reburied there this morning.

Videos of the event can be found at Blic and RTS, while I have yet to locate pictures that actually show the Liechtenstein's. Additional information are available on the website of the Royal Family of Serbia. For first hand reports about the events, have a look at Royal Musings.

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