Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia
Princess Olga of Yugoslavia
His 34-year old widow, Queen Marie, was left behind in Belgrade with three young sons, of whom the oldest was the 11-year old Crown Prince Peter, now formally King Peter II of Yugoslavia. Because of the Crown Prince's young age it was, however, absolutely necessary to find a regent until the new king's 18th birthday.
In 1923 Prince Paul had married the Greek Princess Olga, a daughter of the late Prince Nicholaos of Greece, and a grand-daughter of the late King George I of Greece.
When Hitler started World War II in 1939, and Mussolini joined him in 1940, it was scheduled that Italy should manage all problems on the Balkan Peninsula, which was the reason for the Italian invasion of Greece in 1940. Hitler was infuriated of the Italian fiasco in Greece; he wanted the Balkan at any price! Prince Paul, who more than ever wished to stay neutral was threatened severely by Hitler, if he didn't give in for the Nazi pressure. Politically inexperienced as he was, he finally signed a pact with Hitler, but this should prove to be the worst failure of his life. Prince Peter and Princess Olga were immediately removed by the Yugoslavian government, and that same night they fled out of Yugoslavia on the last plane to South Africa.
The Happy Yugoslavian Royal Family,
The era of the old Serbian royal dynasty of Karageorgevitch, inter-marrying with the Glücksburg Family, was extinct forever.
For a number of years the posterity of the Karageorgevitch Dynasty, presided by HRH Crown Prince Alexander, lived in England. The family has now moved to Belgrade, and upon request to the webmaster, dated 31st January 2002 by HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia the royal family's new address is published here:
The Royal Palace, Belgrade,
As of 4th February 2003 Yugoslavia no longer exists. Both chambers of the Federal Parliament voted for the establishing of a commonwealth named "Serbia & Montenegro". 84 members of the parliament voted for, and 31 against the dissolution of the last remainders of former Yugoslavia, that was created in 1992 after Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia left the federation, causing a civil war.
Montenegro held an independence referendum in the spring of 2006 under rules set by the EU. The vote for severing ties with Serbia exceeded the 55% threshold, allowing Montenegro to formally declare its independence on 3 June 2006.
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