Pavle I
King of Serbia
Reign 19 October 1938 – 12 December 1941
Predecessor Arsenije I Karađorđević
Successor Aleksandar II Karađorđević
Spouse Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark
House House of Karađorđević
Father Arsenije I of Serbia
Mother Aurora Pavlovna Demidova
Born 27 April 1893
Saint Petersburg, Russia Flag of Russia.svg
Died 14 September 1976 (aged 83)
Paris, France Flag of France.svg
Burial Oplenac
Religion Eastern Orthodoxy

Paul I of Serbia, also known as Paul Karađorđević (Serbian: Pavle Karađorđević/Павле Карађорђевић; 27 April 1893 – 14 September 1976), was King of Serbia from 19 October 1938 until being overthrown by a group of Army officers, led by General Milan Nedić in 1941. He was succeeded by his first cousin, Alexander II.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Paul I of Serbia was the only son of Prince Arsenije (brother of King Peter I) and Princess and Countess Aurora Pavlovna Demidova (a granddaughter of the Finnish philanthropist Aurora Karamzin and her Russian husband Prince and Count Pavel Nikolaievich Demidov, and Russian Prince Peter Troubetskoy and his wife Elisabeth Esperovna, née Princess Belosselsky-Belozersky). In the fall of 1914, he accepted commission as an officer in the Royal Serbian Army. Up until his departure through Albania he conducted diplomatic missions in Italy and Britain, and from February 1916 he served at the Serbian Army headquarters in Corfu. While there he worked with the International Red Cross. In early 1918 he left the Salonika Front for treatment in London. After the war Paul was educated at the University of Oxford, where he was a member of the exclusive Bullingdon Club - a dining club notorious for its wealthy members, grand banquets and boisterous rituals. Cultivated like his closest friends Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Sir Henry Channon, his outlook on life was said to be British. When his uncle, King Peter I, died in 1921 the Serbian parliament proclaimed his father as King of Serbia. As a result, Paul became Crown Prince. In 1923 he married Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, a sister of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. King George VI, when Duke of York, was best man at his wedding in Belgrade.

King of Serbia[edit | edit source]

Exile[edit | edit source]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit | edit source]

Monarchical styles of
Paul I of Serbia
Royal Coat of arms of Serbia (1882–1918).svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles[edit | edit source]

  • 27 April 1893 – 15 Jun 1903: Prince Paul Karađorđević
  • 15 Jun 1903 – 30 August 1921: His Royal Highness Prince Paul of Serbia
  • 30 August 1921 – 19 October 1938: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Serbia
  • 19 October 1938 – 12 December 1941: His Majesty The King of Serbia
    • in pretense: 12 December 1941 – 14 September 1976: His Majesty King Paul I of Serbia
Paul I of Serbia
Born: 27 April 1893 Died: 14 September 1976
Royal titles
Preceded by
Arsenije I of Serbia
King of Serbia
19 October 1938 – 12 December
Succeeded by
Alexander II of Serbia
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