Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (b. 1924)

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For the current head of the house, see Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. For other namesakes, see Alexander of Yugoslavia (disambiguation).
Prince Alexander
Spouse Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein
Issue Prince Dimitri
Prince Michael
Prince Sergius
Princess Helene
Prince Dushan
House House of Karađorđević
Father Prince Paul of Yugoslavia
Mother Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark
Born (1924-08-13) 13 August 1924 (age 90)
White Lodge, Richmond Park, England, UK
Styles of
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
Royal Monogram of Prince Alexander Pavla of Yugoslavia.svg
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir
Yugoslav Royal Family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg

HRH The Crown Prince*
HRH The Crown Princess*

Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (Aleksandar Pavlov Karađorđević; born 13 August 1924), is the eldest son of late Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, who acted as Regent of Yugoslavia in the 1930s, and his wife, Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark.

Alexander was born at White Lodge, Richmond Park, United Kingdom, and is currently 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 is a first cousin of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy; thus, he is also a first cousin once removed of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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.[1] The marriage took place at Cascais in Portugal where the bride's father was living in exile. The couple had met on the 22 August 1954 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 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 Gaubert (born 8 July 1988)
    • Nastasia Marie-José Gaubert (born 22 February 1991)

Alexander and Maria Pia divorced in 1967, and in 2003 she married Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, himself divorced from Princess Yolande de Broglie-Revel.

On 2 November 1973, Alexander married in a civil ceremony Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein (b. 9 July 1942), a cousin of that principality's monarch, in Paris. They have one son:

  • Prince Dushan Paul of Yugoslavia (born 25 September 1977)

Alexander is one of the four founding members of the Serbian Unity Congress.[2] He is patron of the Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism.[3] He lives in Paris.

On 17 February 2008, Alexander issued a statement condemning the declaration of independence by Kosovo.[4]

Alexander's coat of arms

Prince Alexander attained the age of 90 on 13 August 2014. A brief celebration of his life in words and pictures appeared in that month's UK magazine 'Majesty'.