Succession to the Yugoslav throne

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Crown Prince Alexander with his second wife, Princess Katherine.

The succession to the Yugoslav throne is vested in the members of the House of Karageorgevitch. The monarchy of Yugoslavia came to an end on 29 November 1945, when King Peter II was deposed and a republic proclaimed without a referendum by the Communist-led government which proceeded to establish a dictatorial regime.[1]

The current heir to the throne of Yugoslavia and Serbia is Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia, the only son of King Peter II.

Law of succession[edit]

The succession is determined by Articles 36 and 37 of the 1931 Constitution of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, which states:[2]

Article 36. 'King Alexander I, of the Karageorge dynasty Reigns over the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. King Alexander I shall be succeeded by his male descendants in the order of primogeniture'.

Article 37. If the King has no male descendants, he shall designate his heir from the collateral line. If the King has not prior to his death designated his heir, Parliament shall in joint session elect a King from the same dynasty.

The male members of the collateral line of the House of Karageorgevitch are marked with an asterisk (*) in the below lists.

Current situation[edit]

Line of succession on 29 November 1945[edit]


  1. Klemenčič, Matjaž. Žagar, Mitja. The Former Yugoslavia's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook. Page 197.
  2. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Belgrade, September 3, 1931

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