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    Ex-King Peter II of Yugoslavia was buried in a concrete vault beneath the floor of St.

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    Ex-King Peter II of Yugoslavia was buried in a concrete vault beneath the floor of St. Sava Church, in the Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, on Saturday (November 14). Almost 15,000 Yugoslav exiles attended the service to pay their last respects to their exiled-monarch who died in Los Angeles on November 3.

    The 47-year old King -- a great-grandson of Queen Victoria of England-- died after an eleven-month illness. He requested in his will to be buried in the Monastery at Libertyville, the major religious centre and burial ground of North America's Serb and Montenegrin community.

    Neither the King's estranged wife, Queen Alexandria, nor his son Crown Prince Alexander attended the funeral and the only family representative was the king's younger brother Prince Andreij.

    Endless files of black clad mourners moved past the King's glass-top bronze coffin, draped in red, blued and white Serbian Flag.

    The former King had ruled for only one-month as Yugoslavia's 17-year old monarch when he was forced to flee to Britain in face of the 1941 invasion by Nazi Germany. After the war Marshal Tito banned his return and the King lived mostly in England and Europe before going to the United States tow years ago.

    The heir to the exiled-monarchy, Crown Prince Alexander, nov serving in a British Tank regiment on military duties in West Germany said he does not wish to succeed his father.

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