Remains of last Yugoslav queen to return to Serbia: Greece

ATHENS (AFP) - Greece will return to Serbia the remains of Yugoslavia's last queen, Alexandra, nearly two decades after her death, the Greek foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"At the request of the former royal family of Serbia, the Greek government has consented, in agreement with the Government of Serbia, to the exhumation of the remains of the late Queen Alexandra," the foreign ministry said.

It added: "The Foreign Ministry will arrange for transport of the remains to Belgrade, where they will be interred in the family vault."

Born in 1921, Alexandra was the daughter of King Alexander I of Greece and Aspasia Manos, a commoner.

The marriage of her parents was carried out in private and was initially kept secret.

Alexandra was born a few months after the death of her father and spent most of her life away from Greece.

In 1944 she married King Peter II of Yugoslavia in London and gave birth to crown Prince Alexander in July 1945, a few months before the monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia.

Alexandra died of cancer in 1993 and was buried at the former royal estate of Tatoi north of Athens, alongside her parents and several members of the Greek royal family.

Greece abolished the monarchy by plebiscite in 1974.

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