Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peter II comes home

The remains of the tragic King Peter II of Yugoslavia (1923-1970), hitherto the only king buried in the United States (Libertyville, IL), have been returned to his native Serbia. Ascending the throne at the age of eleven upon the assassination by Croatian fascists of his father Alexander I, he was exiled by the Nazi invasion at 17, only to be betrayed by the Western Allies as they helped Stalin take over half of Europe, with Churchill aiding Tito's Communists despite having promised the young exiled King he would have his throne back after the war. King Peter never accepted the loss of his kingdom and drank himself to an early death in Denver, Colorado. R.I.P.

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