The State funeral of Their Majesties King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and His Royal Highness Prince Andrej of Yugoslavia takes place at Royal Mausoleum of St. George’s Church in Oplenac near Topola, today. This event reunites members of the Royal Family who were originally buried outside their homeland during the years when Yugoslavia was under Communist rule.
H.M. King Peter II was High Protector of the Order of the Crown of Thorns from 1960 until his death in 1970; the position has been held vacant in his memory ever since. In 1962 he issued Letters Patent recognizing the title of Prince de San Luigi and bestowing the title of Marquis de Valjevo upon its then-holder, Prince-Abbot Edmond II. Prince-Abbot Edmond II was present at the funeral of King Peter in the United States in 1970. The photograph below, which is a copy made using the technology of the era, shows King Peter with Prince-Abbot Edmond II (who is wearing the insignia of the Order of the Crown of Thorns) in 1959.