Biography of King of Yugoslavia Pedro II (1923-1970)

Last King of Yugoslavia born in Belgrade on September 6, 1923 and died in Los Angeles on November 5, 1970. He/She was son of Alejandro I and MarĂ­a of Yugoslavia.

He was sent to London very young for their training. In 1934, his father was killed on a trip to France and Pedro returned to Yugoslavia, where on October 11, 1934 was proclaimed King, under the Regency of the Prince Paul, his primo-hermano, assisted by a Council. During the Regency tried to get between Serbs and Croats and government approach to the Vatican, but radical Serbs and the Orthodox Church pushed in the opposite direction, until in 1937 withdrew the Concordat signed two years earlier. In foreign policy, relations with France and the United Kingdom were weakened and attempted an approach to Italy and Germany, although in 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, Yugoslavia was proclaimed neutral. However, on March 25, 1941, the Regent Paul signed a Pact of adhesion with Germany, Italy and Japan, which triggered a coup in Yugoslavia: general Draja Mihailovich deposed Pablo and Pedro took the throne personally. This caused the bombing of Belgrade just 10 days later (6 April); the arrival of the war was de-facto the liquidation of Yugoslavia.

Like many European monarchs, Pedro was forced into exile, traveling from Kotor to London on a boat from the air force. In London, King of his country in exile was recognized by United Nations. There married the King with the Princess Alejandra de Grecia, with whom had intercourse until before the wedding secret, because of the enmity by the Greeks of some of its followers. In Yugoslavia, during the war, told Pedro with the support of the legendary head of chetniks guerrillas, general Draja Mihailovich. In 1945, at the end of the war, the monarchy was abolished and proclaimed the Popular Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, under the command of Marshal Tito. In 1947 this stripped Pedro of Yugoslav citizenship and confiscated their property. Then traveled Pedro to United States (1950), where he/she worked until his death: first in the signature Groy Roy in the Fifth Avenue of New York; in 1967 he/she was appointed President of Internacional Advisory Board of the Sterling Savings and Loan Association of California, being its tasks getting European investment in the United States, through offices in Paris and London. It also possessed a house in Monte Carlo.

JMMT.