Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924–2016)

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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
Alexander of Yugoslavia 1958 (cropped).jpg
Alexander in 1958
Born (1924-08-13)13 August 1924
White Lodge, Richmond Park, England
Died 12 May 2016(2016-05-12) (aged 91)
Paris, France
Burial St. George's Church, Serbia
Spouse Princess Maria Pia of Savoy
(m. 1955; div. 1967)
Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein (m. 1973)
Issue Prince Dimitri
Prince Michael
Prince Sergius
Princess Helene
Prince Dušan
House Karađorđević
Father Prince Paul of Yugoslavia
Mother Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark
Religion Eastern Orthodox
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

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.

Biography[edit]

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.

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 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:

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 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)

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

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

Alexander's coat of arms

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,[5] where he and his wife had lived for many years.

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marriage of a Princess", The Times (14 February 1955), 6.
  2. ^ Founders of the Serbian Unity Congress. serbianunity.net
  3. ^ http://www.czipm.org/
  4. ^ Announcement of His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavlov Karageorgevich. Czipm.org. Retrieved on 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ [1]