PANEL “KING PETER II AND SERBIAN MONARCHISM TODAY”
Belgrade, 2 November 2010 – Mr. Matija Beckovic, member of
the Crown Council, participated last night in a panel discussion “King Peter II
and Serbian Monarchism today”, organized by the Kingdom of Serbia association at
the Parochial home of St. Sava Temple in Belgrade.
Mr. Dragomir Acovic, member of the Privy Council, stated in
his letter: “Really, what do we Serbs know about King Peter II besides his
photographs and clichés? What do we know about the man whom those who knew him
personally characterized as a “good man”? Four decades after the death of the
King of Yugoslavia, it is our obligation to remember this unfortunate good man,
born at the steps of the Throne, and buried the other side of the world, in
exile, in a Serbian church on foreign soil. A King before his time, and a
refugee after his death “
His Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia, father of His Royal
Highness Crown Prince Alexander II was the first born son of Their Majesties
King Alexander I and Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. He was eleven years old when his
father, King Alexander I was assassinated in Marseille, France. On 27 March
1941, he was proclaimed of age and ascended the throne, but unfortunately had to
leave the country following the German occupation. With the Yugoslav government
in exile, he first went to Greece, Jerusalem, Egypt and finally to England.
After the World War Two, the communist regime deprived him of all rights, and
forbade him to return to his country. His Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia,
the last King of Yugoslavia, died on 3 November 1970 in the hospital in Denver,
Colorado. He was buried in St. Sava Church in Libertyville, Illinois and is the
only European Monarch buried in the United States.
On Wednesday, 3 November 2010, a special church memorial
service will be served for the late King Peter II at St. Sava church near the
St. Sava Temple, at 4 p.m.