Queen Maria of Yugoslavia

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Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, grandmother of Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, died on this day in 1961. Born Princess Maria of Romania and known as Mignon, she was the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand of Romania and Princess Marie of Edinburgh. In 1922, she married King Alexander of Yugoslavia. The couple had three sons, and were happily married until his assassination in 1934. Afterwards, with Yugoslavia being ruled by Regent Prince Paul, Queen Maria moved to a farm in England, where she lived an ordinary life. After WWII, she led the post-war relief in Yugoslavia; however, the communists abolished the monarchy in 1945, and her son, King Peter II, was exiled. Queen Maria died in this day in 1961, aged 61, in exile in London, Initially buried in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore, her remains were re-interred in Oplenac in 2013.

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