Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Funeral of HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia

The late Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia.

The funeral of HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia was held inside the Royal Mausoleum (and Church) at Oplenac, near Topola, Serbia.

The emotional ceremony took place on Friday, May 20, 2016. Attending were the following royalties:

HRH Crown Prince Alexander
HRH Crown Princess Katherine
HRH Hereditary Prince Peter
HRH Princess Linda
HRH Prince Michael
HRH Princess Barbara
HRH Prince Michel
HRH Prince Serge
HRH Princess Eleonor
HRH Prince Dusan
TSH Prince Eugen and Princess Maria Theresia (Maresi) of Liechtenstein
HSH Prince Johannes of Liechtenstein
HSH Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (Countess v.u.z. Trauttmansdorf-Weinsberg)
HSH Princess Sophie of Liechtesntein (Countess Hoyos)
Count Hans-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach
Hereditary Count Ignaz zu Toerring-Jettenbach

Prince Alexander was an air pilot. He was keenly interested in airplanes. Some years ago, during one of his visits to Serbia he was invited to tour the air academy and taken on a fighter jet flight. He was delighted and always remembered that experience as one of his favorite ones. Another favorite memory was driving his Greek (Russian) grandmother down a steep hill at one of the royal estates. Her vocabulary concerning his driving skills (he was a teenager), well, I cannot repeat what came out of Helen Vladimirova's lips!

Anyhow...because of his interest in the Serbian Air Force his casket was carried into the church at Oplenac by fighter pilots. I know he would have been deeply touched by that.

Prince Alexander always told me how fond he had been of the late King Alexander of Yugoslavia, with whom he shared many passions: hunting, mechanics, driving fast cars, physical exercise.

I was blessed with having Prince Alexander as a friend, a very good friend. Through him and his beloved wife Princess Barbara, I was able to connect to many other royal relations of theirs. Alexander always gave me his "seal" of approval and many times personally approached relations of his, near and far, whom I wanted to establish bonds.

Crown Prince Alexander, Head of House Karageorgevitch, has kindly made the photos used in this report available to visitors to his website. For that, I am quite thankful!

Other photos sent to us by one of Prince Alexander's cousins, Count Hasn-Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach, will be shared with readers of our magazine, EUROHISTORY.

Inside Issue CX (Summer 2016) of EUROHISTORY, we will have a tribute to Prince Alexander, including photos taken for us by one of the attending "royals."

I spoke with Princess Barbara today and she informed me that her late husband's memorial mass will take place in paris on June 20, 2016. I hope to be there to render homage to one of the kindest, old-style gentlemen I knew ... a real life "scoundrel" who made my life richer!
From left: The President of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince Peter,
Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Michel, Princess Barbara and Prince Dusan.

From left: The President of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince Peter,
Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Michel, Princess Barbara Prince Dusan, Prince Serge, (Count Hans -Veit zu Toerring-Jettenbach), Princess Eleonor, (Hereditary Count Ignaz zu Toerring-Jettenbach), and Princess Elizabeth, the late Prince Alexander's sole surviving sibling.

rom left: The President of Serbia, Crown Prince Alexander, Hereditary Prince Peter.

Prince Dusan bidding farewell to his late father.

Crown Prince Alexander bidding farewell to his late cousin.

Crown Princess Katherine bidding farewell to her husband's late cousin.

Princess Elizabeth bidding farewell to her late brother.

Prince Michael bidding farewell to his late great-cousin.

The President of Serbia.

Princess Barbara bidding farewell to her late husband.

The funeral procession led by Hereditary Prince Peter.

A view from inside the Royal Mausoleum.

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