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Only European king buried on U.S. soil goes back home

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Serbian Patriarch Irinej performs a liturgy during a solemn burial ceremony for the remains of Yugoslavia's last king Peter II Karadjordjevic, in Belgrade, on Jan. 22. The remains of the last Yugoslav king Peter II Karadjordjevic, who fled the country in the onset of Nazi invasion, were repatriated today for a re-burial in Serbia, 43 years after his death in exile in the United States. After being exhumed last week from the Serb Orthodox monastery Saint Sava at Libertyville, US, the coffin with remains of the Peter II, covered with the Serbian flag, was brought to the church at the Royal palace of Karadjordjevic in Belgrade.

The King has left the country.

Yugoslavia's last king, Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the United States in 1970, was taken to Serbia Tuesday, thus removing the only European royal to be buried on American soil.

The former ruler had fled the Nazis at the start of World War II. He decided to stay in the U.S. when Communists took over Yugoslavia at the end of the war. 

He died in exile at the age of 47 and had been buried at the Serbian Orthodox Church monastery in Libertyville, Ill.

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A royalist supporter holds up a candle and picture of Yugoslavia's last king — Peter II Karadjordjevic during a solemn ceremony in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 22.

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This photo shows a Serbian Orthodox style icon depicting Jesus Christ, said to have been damaged by bullet holes from rounds shot by Serbian communist supporters after World War II, seen inside the Serbian royal family complex in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 22. The remains of Yugoslavia's last king, Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970, were flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, despite protests by some Serb royalists in America. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned, as Communists took over at the end of the war, and he died in exile with his remains buried at a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, the only European monarch buried on U.S. soil.

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Royalist supporters wearing old military uniforms are seen during a solemn ceremony after the remains of Yugoslavia's last king — Peter II Karadjordjevic were flown back to Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 22.