Queen Marie of Yugoslavia in Paris at the 25th commemoration of the death of her husband (1959)

On 22 June 1961, Queen Marie of Yugoslavia died in London at the age of sixty-one. She was survived by her three sons: King Peter II, Prince Tomislav, and Prince Andrej. The queen had been a widow since the assassination of her husband King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in 1934.


Marie, known as Mignon, was the daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania and the colourful Queen Marie (née Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). Her siblings included King Carol II of Romania, ex-Queen Elisabeta of the Hellenes, and Archduchess Ileana of Austria. Her brother Prince Nicholas married twice and left no children; her youngest brother Prince Mircea died as a child.

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