The Info List - Karađorđević Dynasty

The Karađorđević (Serbian Cyrillic: Карађорђевић, pl. Karađorđevići / Карађорђевићи, pronounced [karad͡ʑǒːrd͡ʑeʋit͡ɕ]) is a Serbian dynastic family, founded by Karađorđe
Petrović, the Veliki Vožd ("Grand Leader") of Serbia
in the early 1800s during the First Serbian Uprising. The relatively short-lived dynasty was supported by the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
and was opposed to the Austria-Hungary
supported Obrenović dynasty. After Karađorđe's assassination in 1817, Miloš Obrenović founded the House of Obrenović. The two houses subsequently traded the throne for several generations. Following the assassination of Alexander in 1903, the Serbian Parliament chose Karađorđe's grandson, Peter Karađorđević, then living in exile, for the throne of the Kingdom of Serbia. He was duly crowned as King Peter I, and shortly before the end of World War I, representatives of the three peoples proclaimed a Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes with Peter I as sovereign. In 1929, the Kingdom was renamed Yugoslavia, under Alexander I, the son of Peter I. In November 1945, the throne was lost when the League of Communists of Yugoslavia
seized power, during the reign of Peter II.


1 Name 2 Ancestry 3 Monarchs 4 Current claims to the throne 5 Serbia
and Yugoslavia 6 Heraldry 7 Family tree 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Name[edit] In English, it is typically spelled Karadjordjevic while pronunciation is roughly anglicized as Karageorgevitch, and was in previous times rendered also as Kara-Georgevitch. Ancestry[edit] According to some researchers, Karađorđe's paternal ancestors most likely migrated from the Highlands (in what is today Montenegro) to Šumadija
during the Second Great Serb Migration
Great Serb Migration
in 1737–39 under the leadership of Patriarch Šakabenta, as a result of the Austrian-Turkish War
Austrian-Turkish War
(in which Serbs
took part).[1] Serbian historiography accept the theory that Karađorđe's ancestors came from Vasojevići.[2] Some conjecture has arisen about where the family ended up after arriving in Šumadija. According to Radoš Ljušić, Karađorđe's ancestors most likely hailed from Vasojevići, but he has said there is no certain historical information on Karađorđe's ancestors or where they came from, folklore being the only real source. Most likely, Karađorđe's ancestors hailed from Vasojevići.[3][4][5] Grigorije Božović (1880–1945) claimed that the family were Srbljaci (natives) in Vasojevići
territory.[6] Contributing to Srbljak theory is the fact that the family celebrated St Clement as their Slava
until 1890, while the patron saint of Vasojevići, i.e. Vaso's descendants is Archangel Michael. King Peter I was allowed to change his Slava
to St Andrew the First-called by Belgrade Metropolitan Mihailo in 1890, following the death of his wife, Princess Zorka, thus honoring the date by Julian calendar
Julian calendar
when Serbian rebels liberated Belgrade during the First Serbian Uprising.[7][8]

is the mausoleum of the Karađorđević dynasty

Furthermore, King Peter chose Duke of Vasojevići
Miljan Vukov Vešović to be his bridesman during his wedding to princess Zorka in 1883. Upon being asked by his future father-in-law prince Nicholas why he chose Miljan amongst various Dukes of Montenegro, he replied that he chose him because of heroism and relation describing him as Vojvode of my own blood and kin.[9] His son, Alexander, who was born in Cetinje
was nicknamed Montenegrin[10] The Vasojevići
tribe claim descent from Stefan Konstantin
Stefan Konstantin
of the Nemanjić dynasty.[4] The Vasojevići
were proud of Karađorđe, and saw him as their kinsman.[11] Montenegrin politician and Vasojević Gavro Vuković, supported this theory.[12] Accordingly, Alexander Karađorđević (1806-1885) was given the title "Voivode of Vasojevići" by Petar II in 1840.[12][13] Other theories include: Montenegrin historian Miomir Dašić claimed that Karađorđe's family originated from the Gurešići from Podgorica in Montenegro.[6] Folklorist Dragutin Vuković believed that Tripko Knežević–Guriš was Karađorđe's great-grandfather;[6] Vukićević, writing in 1907, said that in the surroundings of Podgorica, there is a local claim that Karađorđe's ancestors initially came from Vranj.[14] The family claimed descent from the Vasojevići
tribe (in Montenegro) and had emigrated in the late 1730s or early 1740s.[15] The family lived in Mačitevo (in Suva Reka), from where grandfather Jovan moved to Viševac, while Jovan's brother Radak moved to Mramorac.[3][4] Monarchs[edit] See also: List of Serbian monarchs
List of Serbian monarchs
and List of heads of state of Yugoslavia

Picture TitleName Reign Notes

Grand Vožd of Serbia Karađorđe
Petrović February 15, 1804 – September 21, 1813 Leader of the First Serbian Uprising. Deposed and exiled to Austria. Collapse of the First Serbian Uprising.

Prince of Serbia Alexander September 14, 1842 – December 23, 1858 Abdicated. Return of Obrenović dynasty
Obrenović dynasty
to power.

King of Serbia; King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes Petar I June 15, 1903 – August 16, 1921 In exile from November 1915 due to the Serbian Campaign. Proclaimed King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
on December 1, 1918.

King of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes; King of Yugoslavia Alexander I August 16, 1921 – October 9, 1934 Changed title to "King of Yugoslavia" in 1929. Assassinated in Marseilles.

Prince regent of Yugoslavia Paul October 9, 1934 – March 27, 1941 Prince Regent
Prince Regent
for Peter II.

King of Yugoslavia Peter II October 6, 1934 – November 29, 1945 Prince Paul acted as regent until ousted on March 27, 1941; exiled on April 17, 1941, and deposed on November 29, 1945.

Current claims to the throne[edit] See also: Line of succession to the former Yugoslavian throne

Prince Alexander with his second wife, Princess Katherine.

The Karađorđevićs are active in Serbian society in various ways. There is a view that constitutional parliamentary monarchy would be the ultimate solution for stability, unity and continuity. In addition, they support Serbia
as a democratic country with a future in the European Union. The last crown prince of Yugoslavia, Alexander, has lived in Belgrade in the Dedinje Royal Palace since 2001. As the only son of the last king, Peter II, who never abdicated, and the last official heir of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
he claims to be the rightful heir to the Serbian throne in the event of restoration. Prior to the fall of Slobodan Milošević, he personally united the parliamentary opposition in several major congresses.[citation needed] In the palace, he regularly receives religious leaders and strives, as opportunity permits, to demonstrate his commitment to human rights and to democracy. The Karađorđevićs are much engaged in humanitarian work. Crown Princess Katherine has a humanitarian foundation while Crown Prince Alexander heads the Foundation for Culture and Education, whose activities include student scholarships, summer camps for children, etc. The Karađorđevićs are also prominent in national sports activities. Serbia
and Yugoslavia[edit] See also: Kingdom of Serbia
Kingdom of Serbia
and Kingdom of Yugoslavia The Karadjordjević family initially was a Serbian Royal House, then the Royal House of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and then the Royal House of Yugoslavia. When they last reigned they were called the Royal House of Yugoslavia. Crown Prince Alexander was born in London
but on property temporarily recognised by the United Kingdom's government as subject to the sovereignty of the Yugoslav crown, on which occasion it was publicly declared that the Crown Prince had been born on the native soil of the land he was expected to eventually rule.[16] Heraldry[edit] See also: Coat of arms of Serbia
and Coat of arms of Yugoslavia

Coat of arms of Serbia

Coat of arms of Yugoslavia

Family tree[edit]

Karađorđe b. 1768 – d. 1817 reigned 1804–1813






























Alexis b. 1801 – d. 1830










Alexander Karađorđević b. 1806 – d. 1885 reigned 1842–1858











































George b. 1827 – d. 1884










Peter I b. 1844 – d. 1921 reigned 1903–1921










Arsen b. 1859 – d. 1938











































Alexis b. 1859 – d. 1920


Bojidar b. 1862 – d. 1908


George b. 1887 – d. 1972


Alexander I b. 1888 – d. 1934 reigned 1921–1934










Paul Karađorđević b. 1893 – d. 1976 ruled 1934–1941 (as Prince Regent)






























































Peter II b. 1923 – d. 1970 reigned 1934–1945


Tomislav b. 1928 – d. 2000


Andrew b. 1929 – d. 1990


Alexander b. 1924 – d. 2016


Nicholas b. 1928 – d. 1954






























































Alexander Karađorđević b. 1945


Nicholas b. 1958 George b. 1984 Michael b. 1985


Karl Vladimir b. 1964 Dimitri Mihailo b. 1965


Dimitri b. 1958


Michael b. 1958


Sergius b. 1963 Dušan b. 1977















































Peter b. 1980


Philip b. 1982


Alexander b. 1982









































Stefan b. 2018

See also[edit]

Karađorđević family tree


^ http://www.novosti.rs/dodatni_sadrzaj/clanci.119.html:276201-Pastir-u-najmu.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Srpsko Nasledje". Srpsko Nasledje. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ a b Bogdan Popović, Jovan Skerlić (1932). Srpski književni glasnik, Volumes 35-36. p. 282.  ^ a b c R-J. V. Vesović, 1935, "Pleme Vasojevići", Državna Štampa u Sarajevu, Sarajevo ^ Felix Phillip Kanitz 1987, p. 334: "Као што је доказао Ђукић10, велики српски борац за слободу угледао је свој први дан живота 1752. у Вишевцу, окруженом густом храстовом шумом, где се његов отац доселио из Васојевића у Црној Гори." ^ a b c http://www.srpsko-nasledje.co.rs/sr-l/1998/01/article-09.html ^ http://www.telegraf.rs/vesti/politika/1349512-misterija-slave-karadjordjevica-evo-kojim-svecima-su-se-molili-preci-karadjordja-foto.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ http://www.vesti-online.com/Vesti/Drustvo/455962/Cuvaju-slavu-velikog-vozda.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ http://mojenovosti.com/lat/index.php?option=btg_novosti&idnovost=112734&-Karadjordjevici-porijeklom-iz-Vasojevica#.V1ilJr7sHug ^ http://politikin-zabavnik.co.rs/pz/tekstovi/uskrs ^ Pregled, Volume 9 (in Serbian). Nova tiskara Vrček i dr. 1933. Васојевићи нарочито радо причају о војводама Србије који су имали везе са њиховим племеном или из њега старином потичу. Говоре често о Карађорђу, зову га Карађоко и сматрају га као свој изданак.  ^ a b Vuković 1985 ^ "Његово мишљење је почетком прошлог века прихватио и историчар Вукићевић, прилажући као доказ диплому коју је 1840. године владика црногорски Петар II Петровић Његош издао Вождовом сину Александру Карађорђевићу, у којој се каже да Вожд потиче од „древних кнезова наше провинције Васојевића"".  ^ Vukićević 1907, p. 5: "околини Подгорице и у селу Врању. А да је Карађорђе старинбм из села Врања, чуо је у Црној Гори још 1875 године г. ^ Király & Rothenberg 1982, p. 23. ^ "Crown Prince Alexander II: the man who would be king of Serbia". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 

Gavro Vuković
Gavro Vuković
(1985). Slobodan Tomović, ed. Memoari, Volume 2. Obod.  Felix Phillip Kanitz (1987). Srbija: zemlja i stanovništvo od rimskog doba do kraja XIX veka, Volume 1 (3 ed.). Srpska književna zadruga.  Milenko M. Vukićević (1907). Karađorđe: 1752-1804. Štampano u Državnoj štampariji Kraljevine Srbije. 

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Princess Sava Princess Sarka Princess Pola Princess Stamenka Prince Alexa Prince Alexander


Prince George

Great grandchildren

Prince Alexis Prince Bojidar

Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia


Princess Polexia Princess Cleopatra Prince Alexa Prince Svetozer Peter I Princess Elena Prince Andrej Princess Elizabeth Prince Djordje Prince Arsen


Prince Paul

Great grandchildren

Prince Alexander Prince Nicholas Princess Elizabeth

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Prince Dimitri Prince Michael Prince Sergius Princess Helene Prince Dushan

Peter I of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes


Princess Helen Princess Milena Crown Prince George Alexander I Prince Andrej

Alexander I of Yugoslavia


Peter II Prince Tomislav Prince Andrew


Prince Nikolas Princess Katarina Prince George Prince Michael Princess Maria Tatiana Prince Christopher Princess Lavina Prince Karl Wladimir Prince Dimitri

Great grandchild

Princess Marija

Peter II of Yugoslavia


Crown Prince Alexander


Hereditary Prince Peter Prince Philip Prin