MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE LATE KING PETER II
Oplenac, 3 November 2006 - A memorial service for His
Majesty the Late King Peter II of Yugoslavia took place today in the Church
of Saint George at Oplenac, on the occasion of the anniversary of King Peter
The Memorial Service was served by the Clergy of the
Oplenac Deanery of the Diocese of Sumadija and was attended by the General
Manager of the King Peter I Endowment Mr. Miladin Gavrilovic, his associates
and numerous citizens of Topola and nearby towns as well as other admirers
of the late King Peter II.
King Peter II was born in Belgrade on 6 September 1923,
he was as the first born son of Their Majesties King Alexander I and Queen
Marie. His Godfather was King George VI of Great Britain and Godmother Queen
Elizabeth. His education commenced at The Royal Palace, and then he went to
Sandroyd School in England, which he left after his father's assassination
in 1934. Since King Peter II was underage at the time a regency was
proclaimed headed by his great uncle Prince Regent Paul Karadjordjevic.
In 1941 when Yugoslavia entered the war on the side of
the Allies King Peter II left the country with the Yugoslav Government -
initially for Greece, and to Palestine and Egypt. He came to England in June
of 1941, where he was regarded as the symbol of resistance against Nazism.
King Peter II completed his education at Cambridge University, and then
joined the Royal Air Force.
King Peter II never abdicated. Initially King Peter II
lived in exile in London with his wife, the Greek Princess Alexandra and his
son Crown Prince Alexander II, who was born in 1945. King Peter II spent the
last years of his life in the United States of America. After a long and
grave illness King Peter II died in Denver Hospital Colorado 3 November
1970, and he was buried at the St. Sava Church in Libertyville, Illinois,
and is the only king buried in the United States.
HRH Crown Prince Alexander II is planning to bring his
father's remains to the homeland, where the late King Peter II will find
peace in the Mausoleum Church of St. George at Oplenac.