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Last King of Yugoslavia reburied after forty-three years

By Mark Harradine     May 29, 2013 in World
Belgrade - The King of Yugoslavia, Petar II was buried in a state funeral in Belgrade on Sunday, forty-three years after he died. Petar II was the last king of Yugoslavia and in 1941 he fled with his family from the Nazis and escaped to the United States.
Petar II was proclaimed the King of Yugoslavia in 1934 after his father was assassinated in France, however aged only eleven he was far too young to rule. He waited a full six years to take the crown but his reign on the throne lasted only eleven days as the German army invaded Yugoslavia. So it was that in 1941 he escaped to the United States where he and his family lived. Petar II died in 1970 at the age of forty-seven and was buried in Illinois. He became the last King of Yugoslavia after General Tito decided to end the country’s monarchy. Tito also banned all former members of the royal family from returning to Yugoslavia, stated Aljazeera.
Petar’s mother, Queen Maria, was buried in a cemetery in England, his wife, Queen Alexandria was buried in Greece and his brother, Prince Andrew, in the United States. However after the state funeral on Sunday all four members of the Yugoslav monarchy have been laid to rest together in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. "Most people would say it's doing historical justice to a dynasty that was chased away from Serbia," commented historian Vladimir Dulovic for the BBC.
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