Princess Zorka of Montenegro

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Princess Zorka of Montenegro
Princess Zorka Karageorgevich
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Spouse Prince Peter Karageorgevich
Issue Helen, Princess Elena Petrovna of Russia
George, Crown Prince of Serbia
Alexander I
Full name
Ljubica Petrović-Njegoš
House House of Karageorgevich
House of Petrović-Njegoš
Father Nicholas I of Montenegro
Mother Milena Vukotić
Born (1864-12-23)23 December 1864
Died 16 March 1890(1890-03-16) (aged 25)
Burial Oplenac Royal Mausoleum

Princess Ljubica Petrović-Njegoš of Montenegro (Serbian: Љубица Петровић-Његош; 23 December 1864 – 16 March 1890), and later became Princess Zorka Karađorđević in Serbia. She was better known as Princess Zorka.

She was the eldest child of the Montenegrin monarch Nicholas I and Milena Vukotić, and the wife of Peter Karađorđević (who would become King of Serbia in 1903, long after her death).


Born in Cetinje, Montenegro at the time when her father was already the reigning Prince of Montenegro (his uncle Danilo II Petrović-Njegoš having died in 1860). Zorka was educated in Russia before returning to Montenegro to be engaged to Karađorđević. Zorka's sister Elena married the future King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

Marriage and children[edit]

Described as "exuberant" by one commentator, Zorka married Peter in Cetinje on 1 August 1883 in a Serbian Orthodox ceremony.[1]

They had five children:

  • Helen (4 November 1884 – 16 October 1962).
  • Milena (28 April 1886 – 21 December 1887).
  • George (8 September 1887 – 17 October 1972).
  • Alexander (16 December 1888 – 9 October 1934).
  • Andrew (born and died 16 March 1890).

Zorka died aged just 25 on 16 March 1890 in Cetinje during childbirth and was buried in the Church of St. George in Topola, Serbia.


  1. ^ The Times, "Montenegro", 13 August 1883.

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