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Serbia’s Crown Prince Couple open new exhibition on King Peter II

Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine officially opened the “His Majesty King Peter II – The Making of the King” exhibition at the Royal Palace in Belgrade earlier this week. The new exhibition has debuted around the anniversary of King Peter’s birthday on 6 September.

Among rarely seen photographs of King Peter II taken between 1923 – 1941, there is also a chance to see his first sabre which is displayed in Belgrade for the first time. A portrait of the king by Paja Jovanovic, which is kept at Oplenac, is one of the displays at this unique exhibition.

HRh Crown Prince Alexander opens the exhibition. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

In his opening speech, Crown Prince Alexander said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to see many rarely seen photos of His Majesty King Peter II from 1923 until 1941 as well as his first sabre that was never publicly displayed until now. The photographs show him in his official duties as the Crown Prince and the King – during visits to towns and cities, institutions, army, humanitarian activities, patronages and giving aid to various associations. Also, there are photographs of his everyday life activities – studying or doing his hobbies – acting, sports, or dancing. As a young man, my father had different interests that people today know very little about. I hope this exhibition will bring him closer to today’s generations of young people”.

The exhibition “His Majesty King Peter II – The Making of the King” at the Royal Palace will be open for visitors on working days until 16 September. Peter II was the last King of Yugoslavia, reigning from 1934 to 1945. He was the last reigning member of the Karađorđević dynasty. He was the father of present Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.