In 1903 the Serbian Parliament requested that Prince Peter - grandson of George Petrović (Karađorđe) - come to the throne of the Kingdom of Serbia, following the murder of King Aleksander Obrenović and his wife, Draga Mašin, by the Black Hand. Petar was duly crowned as King Peter I. Shortly before the end of the World War I, representatives of the three peoples proclaimed a Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes under King Peter I.
The senior branch of the family became extinct in 1920 with the death of Prince Alexis Karageorgevich
Current non-ruling members:
Crown Prince Alexander II. has been living in Belgrade in the Royal Palace since 2001. As son of the last King, Peter II, who never abdicated, he has the full right to claim the Serbian throne. However, he often says Serbia must crown democracy before it can crown the King. Crown Prince Alexander is known for his democratic views and tolerance. He personally united the opposition on several big congresses prior to the fall of Milosevic. In the Palace, he receives all religious leaders and always demonstrates his desire for human rights and democracy on a regular basis.
The Karađorđevics are very much engaged in humanitarian work. Crown Princess Katherine has a humanitarian Foundation while Crown Prince Alexander has his Foundation for Culture and Education, whose activities include student scholarships, summer camps for children etc. The Karađorđevics are also involved in sports.
Their ancestry among medieval monarchs of the Balkans is presented at Nemanjic pedigree of the Royal House of Yugoslavia.
Crown Prince Alexander II was born in London, but on the territory that was declared Yugoslav territory by the United Kingdom Government. Therefore, by right he is the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. In 2006, Yugoslavia dissolved in such a way that it ceased to exist after a long series of situations that started in 1990, with Serbia inheriting the rights and obligations of the former state of Yugoslavia. Therefore, Crown Prince Alexander II is the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia by right, but his claim to the throne of Serbia, which is now a sovereign state that has succeeded Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later State union of Serbia and Montenegro) is questionable, because the UN did not recognise Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's (2 republics) direct succession to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (6 republics), and indeed the FRY later reapplied for membership.
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