The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
When you think of the British monarchy, the first name that you think of is probably Queen Elizabeth II or, to be more precise, Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor. She is over 80 years old, but still in good health to be on the throne of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This weekend, she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (it means that she has sat on the throne for the past 60 years), which happened to only one of her ancestors – Queen Victoria, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. In the light of this joyful event, we’ve decided to put some light on the relations between the Serbian and British royal families.
The relations between these two royal families start with Queen Victoria. The last king of Yugoslavia, Petar II, was her great-grandson, through his mother, Maria Hoencolern. She was a granddaughter of Victoria’s son Alfred, duke of Edinburgh, through his daughter, the Romanian queen Maria.
King Petar II was married to Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark and on July 17, 1945 they had a son. He was named after his grandfather Aleksandar, and as a future ruler of Yugoslavia, he had to be born in his country. They were living in London, so that wasn’t possible. To help them, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, declared room 212 of Claridge’s Hotel in London Yugoslav territory. The baptizing of the heir to the throne was done in Westminster Abbey, the same building where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. His godfather was King George VI, and his godmother was King George’s daughter, Elizabeth II.
At the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the heir to the throne Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and his wife, Princess Katarina, were in the main part of Westminster Abbey, right behind Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the duke of Edinburgh. To be more precise, they were in the part reserved for the groom’s family, which, technically, they are.
Interestingly enough, as the descendants of Queen Victoria, the Karadjordjevic family is also in the line of succession to the British throne, that is, they are placed between 91st and 102nd successors to the throne.
Here are some links which might be useful for obtaining more information about this topic:
Family tree (Royal family of Serbia):
Ana 17, Uzice Grammar School