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The earthly remains of the late King Peter II of Yugoslavia will be transferred to Belgrade, to the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First Called, on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Princes Peter, Philip and Alexander, together with Crown Princess Katherine’s daughter Alison, will wait for their father, grandfather and father in law at the Belgrade Nikola tesla Airport on 2 pm. H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of Serbia and Prof. Dr. Oliver Antic, advisor to the President of Serbia H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and member of the Committee for transfer of remains of members of the Royal Family, with representatives of the Army of Serbia will also attend the event. His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will serve the requiem for the late King starting on 3 pm, at the St. Andrew the First Called at the Royal Chapel in Dedinje.

La dépouille mortelle de Sa Majesté le défunt Roi Pierre II de Yougoslavie sera transférée à Belgrade, dans la chapelle royale de St. Andrew the First Called le mardi 22 janvier 2013. Leurs Altesses Royales le prince héritier Alexandre, la princesse héritière Katherine, les princes Pierre, Philippe et Alexandre, ainsi que la fille de la princesse héritière Katherine, Alison, attendront leur père, grand-père et beau-père à l’aéroport Nikola Tesla de Belgrade à 14 h 00. Son Excellence M. Ivica Dacic, premier ministre de Serbie et le professeur Oliver Antic, conseiller du président de la Serbie Son Excellence M. Tomislav Nikolic et membre du comité pour le transfert des dépouilles des membres de la famille royale, ainsi que des représentants de l’Armée de Serbie seront également présents. Sa Sainteté le Patriarche Irinej de Serbie délivrera le requiem pour le défunt Roi à partir de 15 h 00 dans la chapelle royale de St. Andrew the First Called à Dedinje.

 Source: The Royal Family of Serbia


The king’s remains will be entrusted to the MUP Gendarmes, who will guard them in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Dedinje, Belgrade, until the spring burial at Oplenac. The remains of King Petar II will be laid to rest beside the remains of his ancestors in the Karađorđević dynasty Mausoleum of St. George in Oplenac and a date of the funeral will be announced later.

According to media reports, the king was exhumed last week in Libertyville “almost in secret”, causing dissatisfaction among some members of the Serb diaspora in Illinois, who were not given a chance to pay their respects.

In September last year, the Serbian government decided to establish the organizing committee for the transfer of remains of the Karađorđević family members to the royal family crypt of the St. George Church, appointing Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić as chairman. [Source: B92-News]