Maria of Yugoslavia

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Princess Maria of Romania
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Marija Karađorđević, Марија Карађорђевић
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Princess Maria of Romania (6 January 1900–22 June 1961), known in Serbian as Marija Karađorđević (Serbian Cyrillic: Марија Карађорђевић) was the Queen of Yugoslavia as the wife of King Alexander from 1922 until his assassination in 1934. She was the mother of Peter II of Yugoslavia, the last king of Yugoslavia. Her citizenship was revoked and her property confiscated by the Yugoslavian Communist regime in 1947, but she was "rehabilitated" in 2014.

Early life

Maria was born in Gotha, a town in Thuringia, in the German Empire. She was known as Mignon in the family to distinguish her from her mother. Her parents were Marie of Edinburgh and Ferdinand of Romania. She had three brothers and two sisters: Carol, future King of Romania (Carol II); Nicholas, Prince of Romania; Elisabeta, Princess of Romania and future Queen of Greece; Ileana, Princess of Romania and future Archduchess of Austria (Tuscan line); and another brother, Mircea, who died at age three.

During World War I, she worked as a nurse with her mother.

Marriage and children

Maria married Alexander I of Yugoslavia, King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in Belgrade on 8 June 1922, and had three sons:

  • King Peter II (1923–70)
  • Prince Tomislav (1928–2000)
  • Prince Andrej (1929–90)

Following the assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in Marseille in 1934, her oldest son became Peter II of Yugoslavia, the last Yugoslav king. She was given the title Queen Mother of Yugoslavia in 1941. She moved to a farm in England and lived a relatively normal life without royal extravagance. Maria was well educated. She spoke several languages fluently and enjoyed painting and sculpting. She also drove a car by herself, which was very unusual for royalty at the time.

She died in exile in London on 22 June 1961 and was interred at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore, which adjoins Windsor Castle, before her remains were transferred to Serbia in April 2013 and re-interred on 26 May 2013 in Oplenac, Serbia.

Humanitarian work

Queen Maria was popular and respected by the Serbian public, and is still well thought of in the region. She was regarded as an ideal wife and mother according to the contemporary Serbian ideal and described as a humble person. She was engaged in several social projects. In the eyes of the Serbian people, she remains one of the greateast patrons of charities in Serbia.

Streets are named in her memory, such as “Ulica kraljice Marije” or “Queen Maria Street”, and numerous schools and other organizations still carry her name.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles
  • 6 January 1900 – 8 June 1922: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • 8 June 1922 – 6 January 1929: Her Majesty The Queen of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • 6 January 1929 – 9 October 1934: Her Majesty The Queen of Yugoslavia
  • 9 October 1934 – 29 November 1945: Her Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, The Queen Mother
  • 29 November 1945 – 22 June 1961 in pretenseHer Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia
  •  Kingdom of Romania: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Carol I
  •  Kingdom of Romania: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Romania
  •  Kingdom of Yugoslavia: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Karađorđe (8 June 1922)
  •  Kingdom of Yugoslavia: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Yugoslav Crown
  •  France: Dame Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (1959)

Source: wikipedia.org, timenote.info

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Ferdinand IFerdinand IFather24.08.186520.07.1927
        2Marie of RomaniaMarie of RomaniaMother29.10.187518.07.1938
        3Elisabeth of  RomaniaElisabeth of RomaniaBrother12.10.189414.11.1956
        4Sophia of  PrussiaSophia of PrussiaUncle14.06.187013.01.1932
        5Andrei  VladimirovichAndrei VladimirovichUncle02.05.187930.10.1956
        6Mikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovMikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovUncle04.12.187813.06.1918
        7Vladimir  PaleyVladimir PaleyUncle09.01.189718.07.1918
        8Prince Albert VictorPrince Albert VictorUncle08.01.186414.01.1892
        9Prince AlfredPrince AlfredUncle15.10.187406.02.1899
        10George  VGeorge VUncle03.06.186520.01.1936
        11Natalia PaleyNatalia PaleyAunt05.12.190527.12.1981
        12Maud of WalesMaud of WalesAunt26.11.186920.11.1938
        13Alice von BattenbergAlice von BattenbergAunt25.02.188505.12.1969
        14Ольга  РомановаОльга РомановаAunt13.06.188224.11.1960
        15Sophia of PrussiaSophia of PrussiaAunt14.06.187013.01.1932
        16Princess Victoria of the  United KingdomPrincess Victoria of the United KingdomAunt06.07.186803.12.1935
        17Princess AlicePrincess AliceAunt25.02.188303.01.1981
        18Anastasia RomanovaAnastasia RomanovaAunt18.06.190117.07.1918
        19Grand Duchess Maria PavlovnaGrand Duchess Maria PavlovnaAunt18.04.189013.12.1958
        20Leopold Prince o fHohenzollernLeopold Prince o fHohenzollernGrandfather22.09.183508.06.1905
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