THE ROYAL COUPLE ATTENDED MEMORIAL SERVICE MARKING 42ND ANNIVERSARY SINCE
THE DEATH OF HM KING PETER II
Belgrade, 3 November 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine attended the memorial service marking 42nd anniversary since the death of His Majesty King Peter II. The ceremony was served by the clergy of Sumadija Eparchy at the St. George Church in Oplenac.
HM King Peter II was the firstborn son of King Alexander I and Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. King Peter II was born in Belgrade on September 6, 1923. His Godparents were King George VI of the United Kingdom and his wife Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). His received elementary education at The Royal Palace in Belgrade and went on to study at Sandroyd School in England. He left the United Kingdom shortly after his father's assassination in 1934. Since King Peter II was at the time 11 years old and thus underage, regency was formed with three regents including his great uncle Prince Paul of Yugoslavia.
During the Second World War HM King Peter II was forced to leave the country along with the Yugoslav Government – first to Greece and Palestine and later to Egypt. King Peter II joined other exiled monarchs and political leaders from the Nazi occupied Europe in London in June 1941. During the war King Peter was regarded by the people of Yugoslavia as the symbol of resistance against Nazi oppression. King Peter II completed his education at Cambridge University and went on to join the Royal Air Force.
After the end of the war, in 1947 the new communist government took away the citizenship and confiscated the property of the Royal Family. During his exile HM King Peter II lived in London with his wife (in 1944 HM King Peter II married the Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, the daughter of King Alexander of the Hellenes and Aspasia Manos). His son and heir Crown Prince Alexander was born in 1945.
HM King Peter II spent the last years of his life in the United States. After a long and grave illness, HM King Peter II died on November 3, 1970 at Denver Hospital, Colorado. He was buried at the St. Sava Monastery Church in Libertyville, IL. He is the only king buried in the United States. The King's remains will be transferred to the Karadjordjevic dynasty Mausoleum of St. George in Oplenac, Serbia where His Majesty will join other members of The Royal Family.