Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924–2016)
Alexander in 1958
13 August 1924|
White Lodge, Richmond Park, England
|Died||12 May 2016
|Burial||St. George's Church, Serbia|
|Spouse||Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
(m. 1955; div. 1967)
Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein (m. 1973)
|Father||Prince Paul of Yugoslavia|
|Mother||Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark|
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (Aleksandar Pavlov Karađorđević; 13 August 1924 – 12 May 2016) was the elder son of Prince Paul, who served as Regent of Yugoslavia in the 1930s, and his wife, Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark.
Birth and education
Alexander was born at White Lodge, Richmond Park, United Kingdom, and was approximately 1374th in the Line of succession to the British throne. As a nephew of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (née of Greece and Denmark), he was a first cousin of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy; he was also a first cousin once removed of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Marriage and family
On 12 February 1955, Alexander married Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, daughter of King Umberto II of Italy and of his wife, Princess Marie-José of Belgium. The marriage took place at Cascais in Portugal where the bride's father was living in exile. The couple had met on 22 August 1954 during the royal cruise of the Agamemnon, hosted by King Paul and Queen Frederika of the Hellenes.
Alexander and Maria Pia have twin sons born in 1958, a second pair of twins being born during the marriage five years later:
- Prince Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
- Prince Michael Nicolas Paul George Maria of Yugoslavia (b. 1958)
- Prince Sergius Wladimir Emanuel Marie of Yugoslavia (born 12 March 1963)
- Princess Helene Olga Lydia Tamara Maria of Yugoslavia (born 12 March 1963), married Thierry Gaubert (born 14 May 1951 in Paris) on 12 January 1988 and had issue:
- Milena Maria-Pia Angelique Armaule Gaubert (born 8 July 1988)
- Nastasia Marie-José Tania Vanessa Isabelle Gaubert (born 22 February 1991)
- Leopold Umberto Armand Michel Gaubert (born 19 July 1997)
On 2 November 1973, Alexander married in a civil ceremony in Paris Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein (b. 9 July 1942), a cousin of Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and also a first cousin of his consort, Princess Marie. They have one son:
- Prince Dušan Paul of Yugoslavia (born 25 September 1977)
On 28.10.1995 Prince Alexander and Princess Barbara got married in the Orth.Faith in Oplenac., St.George church
The Prince wished to serve in the British Royal Air Force during World War Two, but was initially prevented by his father's political affiliations. He was eventually commissioned in the RAF through the intervention of Prince George, Duke of Kent, his uncle. After the war he sought employment as a pilot, joining British European Airways in 1951, and subsequently engaging also in many aeronautic competitions.
On the occasion of Prince Alexander's 90th birthday on 13 August 2014, a celebration of his life in words and pictures appeared in that month's UK magazine 'Majesty'.
Prince Alexander died on 12 May 2016 in Paris, where he and his wife had lived for many years. He was buried at Oplenac, Serbia, with his parents and brother, his coffin being carried by Serbian Air Force fighter pilots.
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- "Marriage of a Princess", The Times (14 February 1955), 6.
- "Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, globe-trotting playboy prince – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- Founders of the Serbian Unity Congress. serbianunity.net
- Announcement of His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavlov Karageorgevich. Czipm.org. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.