High Protector of the Order of the Crown of Thorns


In faithful memory of His late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia (6 September 1923 – 3 November 1970).
King of Yugoslavia 9 October 1934 – 3 November 1970 (in exile from 29 November 1945)
High Protector and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thorns

A number of historic images and documents of King Peter II are reproduced below. See also Some notes concerning H.M. King Peter II of Yugoslavia.


With his mother, Queen Maria of Yugoslavia




Crown Prince Peter succeeded to the throne aged eleven, following the assassination of his father.
kp10kp15 1946Royal Standard of the King 1937-41The Royal Standard of the King from 1937 until 1941.


kp4kp3kingpeterkp1With Field Marshal Montgomery and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

King Peter and Queen Alexandra

With his wife, H.M. Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia


With his son, Crown Prince Alexander.


King Peter II with Prince-Abbot Edmond II of San Luigi, 1959

Peter II monogramRoyal cipher of King Peter II.

King Peter II

King Peter II to Edmond IIKing Peter II recognizes the Prince de San Luigi, Bishop George Arvid Edmond Lyman, and confers upon him the Royal Yugoslav Marquisate de Valjevo.

King Peter II Pectoral CrossJewelled gold pectoral cross presented by King Peter II to Prince-Abbot Edmond II of San Luigi, with typewritten note of dedication from the King “as a token of my Friendship and Appreciation.”

kp5Knight Bachelor by KPIIThe late H.S.H. the Most Revd. Kermit W. Poling, Royal Patron of the San Luigi Orders, first met King Peter II in 1965. In 1967, the King conferred upon him the honour of Knight Bachelor. The King issued the Royal Proclamation and Statutes creating the Royal Association of Knights Bachelor on 20 July 1969. These confirmed his earlier command of 30 June 1969 that “It is my desire, as Royal Protector of the Royal Association of Knights Bachelor, that all Knights of our Membership use the title Sir before their names…” (See reproduction of the Royal documents in The Augustan, XIX:I, 1977)


peterIIcoin1967The government-in-exile of King Peter continued to issue coins, including this one from 1967.

kingpeteriistjohnKing Peter wears the insignia of the Sovereign Order of St John, Knights of Malta, of which he became Protector in 1962 and Grand Master in 1965.


king peter ii with harrison smithKing Peter with member of the Order of St John Dr. Harrison Smith, former professor of history at the University of Maryland and authority on the history of Malta.

Saint Sava Orthodox Monastery Church, Libertyville, Illinois, where Peter II was buried for over four decades, before his remains were repatriated to Serbia

The Orthodox Monastery Church of Saint Sava, Libertyville, Illinois, USA, where King Peter was buried for nearly four decades until his remains were repatriated. He often attended services and took his meals here during his exile.


King Peter II of Yugoslavia

Royal Crown of Yugoslavia