Thursday, October 9, 2014

Will names three regents for Peter

October 9, 1934

Alexander I of Yugoslavia's will, found after his assassination, appoints three people as members of the regency council to serve until Peter II reaches his majority.

The three members are Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, Alexander's first cousin.

Former Minister of Education Stankovich

and Governor Banterovitch of Zagreb.

Prince Paul is 41 years old.  He was born in St. Petersburg, and spent his childhood there.  When he turned 17, his Russian relatives decided that he should be educated in England.  He attended Christ Church at Oxford, where he was a fellow undergraduate of the Prince of Wales.

A popular member of Oxford and London society, Prince Paul received his degree in 1921.  Two years later, he married Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark.  The Duke of York was his best man.


Anonymous said...

Possibly it is interesting to note that The Duke of York was also a god father to Peter II and was also his best man at his wedding to Princess Alexandra of Greece in 1944. I have the impression that Peter was christened (in Belgrade) in October 1923 around about the time of Prince Paul's wedding.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Yes, the Duke was Peter's koom, and the baptism took place during the same visit to Belgrade

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

the correct spelling is kum, the Serbian word for godfather