RETURN OF THE PRINCE: Serbia’s Controversial Regent Prince reburied with full state honours


RETURN OF THE PRINCE: Serbia’s Controversial Regent Prince reburied with full state honours
by Darius Kadivar

Prince Paul, the controversial Regent who tried to keep Yugoslavia out of World War II - and whose name was blackedned for decades as a result - was reburied in his home country with full state honours. In Serbia, hundreds of mourners have attended the reburial of one of the last rulers of the old Kingdom of Yugoslavia. (Related BBC Report)

Amongst the attendees and heads of State the current newly elected President of the Republic Tomislav Nikolić, The Crown Prince Alexander of Yougoslavia, Princess Elizabeth Karađorđević, and his daughter Catherine Oxenberg (Once TV Star best remembered for her role of the Series Dynasty as well as for portraying Princess Diana in a bio epic) as well as UK’s Prince Edward the Duke of Kent.

The remains of Prince Pavle Karadjordjevic, his wife and son were laid to rest on Saturday, having been repatriated from Switzerland.

Many Serbs cherish the Karadjordjevic dynasty as creators of an independent Serbia following an uprising against Ottoman Turks in 1804. The Serbian Monarchy was abolished only after WW2 by the Communist Warlord turned Leader of Yougoslavia : Marshall Tito. According to Regular Polls however a majority of the Serbs would like the Monarchy to be restored. The current heir and « King Apparent » to the Karadjordjevic throne being Crown Prince Alexander of Yougoslavia.(Source:






Serbia mourners at princes reburial (BBC, October 7th, 2012) :

BBC’s Danny Ayberhard reports.







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When World War II broke out, Yugoslavia declared its neutrality. On March 25, 1941, Yugoslav government signed the Tripartite Pact with significant reservations as it received three notes. The first note obliged the Axis powers to respect territorial integrity and sovereignty of Yugoslavia. In the second note the Axis promised not to ask Yugoslavia for any military assistance. In the third note they promised not to ask Yugoslavia for permission to move military forces across its territory during the war.
Two days later, Prince Paul was forcibly removed from power. His daughter Princess Elizabeth explains what happened on the day her family's life changed forever.






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Piers Morgan interview with HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia :

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Prince Paul of Yugoslavia gets royal resting place at last (AFP)

BELGRADE - Prince Paul of Yugoslavia was on Saturday laid to rest in a royal mausoleum in a ceremony attended by his "Dynasty" actress granddaughter Catherine Oxenberg following a long-awaited political rehabilitation of the ousted royal.

Oxenberg, known for her role in the 1980s television show, was among family members who travelled to Oplenac in central Serbia for the ceremony for Prince Paul, also known as Duke Pavle Karadjordjevic, his wife Olga and son Nikola. The three coffins covered in the Serbian flag were carried by Serbian Army guards into the royal chapel where 22 other members of the royal family have been laid to rest.

"It was his only dream, to return here and ever since he died I wanted to bring him back here," said Prince Paul's daughter Jelisaveta who is Oxenberg's mother. The remains had earlier been exhumed from a cemetery in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The ceremony, held with full state honours, was also attended by President Tomislav Nikolic, other top officials and several hundred royalist supporters.

Jelisaveta was accompanied by Oxenberg and Prince Paul's great nephew Aleksandar, officially the heir to the throne.

Prince Paul ruled Yugoslavia as Prince Regent from the 1934 assassination of King Aleksandar I until the collapse of the kingdom in early 1941.

Prince Paul and Aleksandar I were brothers but Aleksandar's son and heir Peter, born in 1923, was too young to accede on his father's death.

The royal family, including Prince Paul, fled Yugoslavia on March 27, 1941 during World War II. The country emerged from the war as a communist federation under the rule of Josip Broz Tito.

The new communist regime banned the return of the royal family and confiscated their property.

A state commission declared him a criminal by decree in September 1945 having accused him of breaching the constitution and contributing to World War II by allegedly concluding a deal with Nazi Germany before the conflict.

In December 2011, a Belgrade court rehabilitated the royal, quashing the commission's verdict.

Prince Paul lived in exile in France, near Paris, where he died in 1976 at the age of 83. According to the law, the prince's heirs are entitled to ask for the restitution of property.

The Oxford University educated prince donated a number of art works, including paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet and Van Gogh to Serbia's National Museum.

The Karadjordjevics have links with a number of European royal families, including Britain's.

Peter's son Aleksandar, who was born and lived in exile in London, returned to Serbia in late 2000 but lives as a private individual.

As the only son of the last king who never abdicated, Aleksandar is considered to be the rightful heir to the Serbian throne should the monarchy ever be restored. Together with his wife, Aleksandar runs a humanitarian and educational foundation. They are known for donating medical equipment to Serbia's impoverished hospitals and for their support of orphanages.

Although in the 1990s he supported the opposition in its bid to oust late strongman Slobodan Milosevic from power, Aleksandar has never publicly requested a political role or the restoration of monarchy.

Despite their displacement, some in Serbia have maintained a sentimental attachment to the royal family. — Agence France Presse.


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