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Updated May 1, 2015 - 5:36 am

Remains of last Yugoslav king returned to Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – The remains of Yugoslavia’s last king _ Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970 _ have been flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony despite protests by Serb royalists in America.

The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned, as Communists took over at the end of the war. He died in exile and was buried at a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Libertyville, Illinois _ the only European monarch buried on U.S. soil.

His son, Crown Prince Alexander who lives in Belgrade, wanted the remains to be returned to Serbia. That had upset some Serbian-American groups, which claimed Peter’s explicit desire in his will was to remain buried in the U.S.

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