|Born||6 Sep 1923|
|Died||3 Nov 1970|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseKing Petar II (Serbian Cyrillic: ÐŸÐµÑ‚Ð°Ñ€ II; sometimes westernized as Peter II), was a student of Sandroyd School in Britain when his father King Aleksandar I was assassinated in 1934. He returned to Yugoslavia upon hear the news, and was coronated as the next king but ruled under the regency of Prince Pavle (Paul). In fear of German aggression, under the direction of Prince Pavle, Petar II aligned Yugoslavia with Germany. On 27 Mar 1941, nearing the age of 18, he was declared of-age to rule as king, and two days later attempted to overthrow the Regent with the help of General Dusan Simovic. Germany, already planning to send troops to the Balkans to rescue the Italians out of their failing campaign in Greece, responded by launching Operation Marita into the Balkans on 6 Apr. After Yugoslavia's fall on 17 Apr, Petar II reached Britain in Jun 1941 through Greece, the Middle East, and Egypt. In Britain, he completed a degree at Cambridge University and then joined the Royal Air Force. He never returned to Yugoslavia. He was deposed on 29 Nov 1945 by Yugoslavia's Constituent Assembly, but he never abdicated this crown. He moved to the United States, where he passed away after a failed liver transplant. He now rests in peace at the St. Sava Monastery Church at Libertyville, Illinois; he is the only European monarch to be buried in the United States.
Last Major Revision: Jul 2006
Petar II Timeline
|6 Sep 1923Â||Petar II was born.|
|17 Apr 1941Â||King Petar II of Yugoslavia arrived at London, England, United Kingdom via Athens, Greece.|
|3 Nov 1970Â||Petar II passed away.|
Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.
Share this article with your friends:
Stay updated with WW2DB:
- Â» Wreck of Jantina Found (4 Jan 2022)
- Â» WW2DB's 17th Anniversary (29 Dec 2021)
- Â» Wreck of Johnston Found (8 Apr 2021)
- Â» See all news
- Â» 1,115 biographies
- Â» 334 events
- Â» 39,844 timeline entries
- Â» 1,169 ships
- Â» 339 aircraft models
- Â» 192 vehicle models
- Â» 364 weapon models
- Â» 121 historical documents
- Â» 229 facilities
- Â» 464 book reviews
- Â» 28,152 photos
- Â» 366 maps
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945
Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!
Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!