Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

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Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Born (1958-06-18) 18 June 1958 (age 62)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Full name
Dimitri Umberto Anton Peter Maria
FatherPrince Alexander of Yugoslavia
MotherPrincess Maria Pia of Savoy

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia (born 18 June 1958), also known as Dimitri Karageorgevich[1] or Dimitrije Karađorđević, is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. He founded the jewelry firm bearing his name, Prince Dimitri Company, and continues to serve as its president and creative director. He was formerly senior vice president of the jewelry department of the Sotheby's auction house. He was named to the International Best Dressed List's Hall of Fame in 1994.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Prince Dimitri was raised in Versailles, attending boarding schools in France and Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Paris with a degree in business law and moved to New York City in 1983.[2]

Originally pursuing a career on Wall Street, he decided to move into the field of jewelry and was offered a position in Sotheby's jewelry department, eventually rising to senior vice president. During his fifteen years with Sotheby's, he also became an appraiser and studied gemology. Prince Dimitri began designing jewelry in 1999, with a collection of gemstone cufflinks that was sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also designed a line of women's jewelry for Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. In 2002, he moved to the Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg auction house to head their jewelry department. In 2007, he and business partner Todd Morley, and Juan Arbuch founded the Prince Dimitri Company, which opened a salon in Manhattan. His jewelry has also been sold at auction by Christie's.[3][4][5][6]


Prince Dimitri and Prince Michael of Yugoslavia are the first set of twins born to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy in 1958.[citation needed] Maria Pia had a second set of twins, Prince Sergius and Princess Helene of Yugoslavia in 1963.[citation needed] they have a younger half-brother, Prince Dushan of Yugoslavia, from their father's second marriage to Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein.[citation needed]

Prince Dimitri belongs to the cadet branch of the Royal House of Yugoslavia, descending from Prince Regent-Prince Paul of Yugoslavia. He is a third cousin of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.

His ancestors are Black George or Karađorđe, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, George I of Greece, Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel, Christian IX of Denmark, Louise of Hesse-Kassel , Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia, Nicholas I of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna (Charlotte of Prussia), Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg, Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, William IV, Prince of Orange, Charles Alexander, Duke of Württemberg, Frederick I of Prussia, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, Frederick IV, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 18 June 1958 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Haughney, Christine (23 April 2010). "Getting the Royal Treatment". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Why European Royalty and Aristocrats are flocking to New York". Archived from the original on 9 May 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Prince Dimitri". Afghanistan World Foundation. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Biography from 2008 jewelry auction". Christie's. 11 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Biography from 2009 jewelry auction". Christie's. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
  6. ^ William Norwich (17 November 2011). "Western Union: Lauren Bush and David Lauren's Wedding". Vogue. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  7. ^ Order of the Crown

External links[edit]

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Born: 18 June 1958
Preceded by
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
Line of Succession to the British throne
1375th position
Succeeded by
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
Preceded by
Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
Line of succession to the Russian Throne
1st position (ad legem, disputed)¹ since 12 May 2016
Succeeded by
Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
Notes and references
1. Descended from equal marriages from Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, son of Alexander II of Russia. Formally doesn't pretend to the throne. Disputed by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia and Nikolai Kirillovich Romanov.