viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2015

Serbia rehabilita a S.M. el Rey Don Pedro II

BELGRADE – Petar II Karadjordjevic, the last Yugoslav king, has been rehabilitated after the Belgrade High Court determined that he was a victim of prosecution and violence for political and ideological reasons.
King Peter II with two of his ministers, the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, General Simovic (left) and Court Minister M Knezevic arriving in England.

The decision on rehabilitation was brought on July 10 and came into force on August 22, court spokesperson Tanja Koljensic told Tanjug.

The Belgrade High Court has earlier rehabilitated the king’s mother Marija and son Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and also Prince Pavle’s children – Princess Jelisaveta and late Prince Nikola Karadjordjevic.

Petar II Karadjordjevic was rehabilitated by operation of law, therefore rendering the decree, which deprived the king of his citizenship and confiscated his entire property, null and void since its adoption on March 8, 1947, reads the statement by the Belgrade High Court.

The same decision declared invalid all the legal consequences of the decree, including confiscation of property.

Petar II Karadjordjevic was born in Belgrade on September 6, 1923, and passed away in Denver, USA, on November 3, 1970.

When he was 11 years old, Peter succeeded to the Yugoslav throne in 1934 and was deposed in 1945 when he was only 21.


Entrevista con S.A.R. Don Alejandro, Príncipe Heredero de Serbia (en inglés)

Serbia would benefit from friendship and connection not only with royal heads of state, but with republic heads of state. You will note that european union countries and others benefit from a friendly interchange and invitations. We seem to have many firemen that come to visit us and can’t wait to get to the airport. If we all work more on friendship and invitations this can dramatically change for benefit of our people and government, and i am ready to help
Alexander Karađorđević was born on 17th July 1945 at Claridge's Hotel in London as the first (and only) child of Yugoslav King Petar II and Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark. Then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared suite number 212 the territory of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, so that immediately upon his birth Alexander received the title of heir to the throne, given that King Petar II was still the king of Yugoslavia.

His father, himself a young king, left Yugoslavia in April 1941 and, finally, together with the Yugoslav government in exile, moved to London. King Petar II married Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, the daughter of Greek King Alexander and Aspasia Manos, in London in 1944.

Prince Alexander’s roots are royal on both his father and mother's sides. He was named after his grandfather, Yugoslav King Alexander I Karađorđević, while the same name also belonged to his maternal grandfather, Greek King Alexander. His paternal grandmother was Queen Mary, the Romanian princess and daughter of Romanian King Ferdinand and Queen Mary, who had been a British princess (the granddaughter of Queen Victoria).

Alexander was christened at Westminster Abbey by Patriarch Gavrilo, while the godfather was British King George VI and the godmother was his daughter, the then Princess Elizabeth, now HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Alexander II was educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland, the Culver Military Academy in Indiana, USA, Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Millfield (England). He then enrolled at the Royal Military Academy of Great Britain. From 1966, as an officer of the British Army, where he advanced to the rank of captain, he served in the 16th/5th Regiment of Royal Lancers in the Middle East, Italy and West Germany. After ending his military service in 1972, Alexander II dedicated himself to a career in business.

Following the death of his father in 1970, Alexander decided to not formally use the title of king, but he never gave up his title of dynastic heir to the throne.

Since 2001, Prince Alexander and his wife, Princess Katherine, have lived together with their sons, Peter, Philip and Alexander, at Belgrade’s White Palace.

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, in July this year, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander celebrated over three days in the presence of members of his family, friends and top representatives of European royal families.

In this issue of CorD, we speak exclusively with Crown Prince Alexander.
Every man in his youth has his own life plans, even princes. You recently celebrated your 70th birthday. Which of your youthful expectations remain and how did you feel when you received birthday greetings from your close friends and distinguished guests?
- Seventy is just a number. It was very nice to receive birthday wishes from all over the world. Everyone was so nice.

I am very proud of my relationship with the serbian orthodox church, which openly supported the idea of a constitutional monarchy back in 2003My father later disbanded his regency and it is important to note that he never abdicated. This statement was never backed with any paperMy wife and I are friends with all the royal families. We meet at events across europe for birthdays, anniversaries and, sadly, funerals

You celebrated your birthday surrounded by the most eminent representatives of the royal families of Europe. What does that say about the reputation of the Serbian royal family?
- It was very wonderful that my relatives came to my birthday, I was very touched. My wife and I are very lucky and happy to have good relations with so many people across the world. We always try to keep in touch with our friends abroad and attend many events.

Your life story is turbulent and more than interesting. From exile to a royal welcome in the heart of Belgrade, from non-recognition, to challenging fundamental rights... What has left the greatest impression on you?
- My greatest impression is how good our people are, how patient and respectful they are. Wherever we go, we are always so well received across our country.

Unfortunately, there are politicians who do not know about the constitutional monarchies in the European Union and beyond. When Serbia will eventually become a member of the European Union, these politicians will have to work with the constitutional monarchies in the European Union

Do you plan to convert your life story into an autobiographical memoir?
- I have thought about it and will eventually get down to it.

How would you describe the relationship of the Serbian state towards you?
- Polite, but very much more could be done in the interest of Serbia and the people. Everyone can benefit from a good and healthy relationship. More has to be done to improve our communications and friendship. This will improve the image of Serbia and be positive for public relations, which are so important for Serbia. Unfortunately, there are politicians who do not know about the constitutional monarchies in the European Union and beyond. When Serbia will eventually become a member of the European Union, these politicians will have to work with the constitutional monarchies in the European Union. One should note that the constitutional monarchies are highly developed and successful social entities. In addition, it is very important to maintain and cultivate friendships with the Middle East monarchies and those beyond.

How would you characterise your relationship with the Serbian Orthodox Church over the past decade?
- I am very proud of my relationship with the Serbian Orthodox Church, which openly supported the idea of forming a constitutional monarchy back in 2003, as well as my relationship with our Muslims, Roman Catholics, Protestants and Jewish people and nonbelievers. It is very important that we respect each other’s religions, customs and views.

Your father, Petar II Karađorđević, the pre-war king of Yugoslavia, transferred his imperial authority to the regency council in 1945, but not his property. What is the status of your family legacy in the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia today?
- My father later disbanded his regency, and it is important to say that he never abdicated. This statement was never backed with any paper, and I am sure that, if there was one, Tito would have used it big time. On the other hand, there are numerous proofs that my father never abdicated. The status of the family property in Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia differs as a result of different local legislation, but there is one thing in common – an absence of respect for the basic human rights of my family.

One of the themes that often appear in the local public is the legacy of the Karađorđević family in Serbia. What is your position on this issue?
- My position is clear, as all my claims are based on the Belgrade Court Decision of 1938, according to which everything that belonged to the late King Alexander I was inherited by his three sons, one of whom was my father, King Petar II. This applies to both the real estate property and movables, including art collections and personal belongings like those that ended up in Tito’s private vault at the Central Bank. How come the Order of the Star of Karađorđe with diamonds, which was designated for the future Queen, ended up in someone else's private vault? There is a simple word for that, and yet bureaucratic obstacles for the restitution of the obvious are enormous. My opinion, after so many years, is that this issue is more political than legal, and I still do not why that is the case.

What are relations towards you like today in the former member countries of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as the successor to the last Yugoslav monarch?
- I maintain good relations with the former Yugoslavia. My wife and I have been guests of the presidents of Croatia and Slovenia.

How do you view current relations between the countries that were once part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia? What, in your opinion, is the main stumbling block to restoring correct bilateral relations in this region?
- As I mentioned previously, my relations are good and very friendly. There has been great effort exerted on all sides to improve relations and contacts. Everyone must be commended for their efforts, since it is in the interest of everyone that we all get on with one another. We have to work together for the sake of investment and jobs; we need each other.

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The status of the family property in Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia differs as a result of different local legislation, but there is one thing in common – an absence of respect for the basic human rights of my family

How do you now see arguments between the Chetniks and the Ustasha some 70 years after the war?
- The key problem is that even today many people put an equals sign between the military formation of the Axis countries, which slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma folk, and the movement which was part of the allied effort. This was a necessary historical fraud for the sake of the Tito's “brotherhood and unity” concept, but there are too many historical proofs that provide support to my previous statement.

When we talk about other royal families, whether they are your family or friends, who are among the closest to you today?
- My wife and I are friends with all the royal families. We meet at events across Europe for birthdays, anniversaries and, sadly, funerals. We also have good relations with republics.

European royal families have no executive authority, but they have a great impact. What benefit could Serbia have from the good relations that you nurture with other royal families?
- Serbia would benefit from friendship and connection not only with royal heads of state, but with republic heads of state. You will note that the countries of the European Union and beyond benefit from friendly interchanges and invitations. We seem to have many firemen that come to visit us and can’t wait to get to the airport. If we all work more on friendship and invitations, this could change dramatically – for the benefit of our people and our government – and I am ready to help.

When you compare your social status in Serbia and abroad, which of the two are you satisfied with? Do you consider that Serbia is indebted to you?
- Serbia has been through a lot. There is a lot yet to be done. We can help each other.

Both you and Princess Katherine are known for your humanitarian work. What drives and motivates you in that field?
It makes us happy to help our people. We have seen a lot and feel a great deal for our people. We are glad to help everyone, regardless of their religion or ethnic origin.

To return to the beginning of our discussion: what are your life priorities today?
My wife and I continue to help our people. Make friends. Keep healthy. Seek urgent help to preserve the Royal Compound and its two palaces, which are beautiful national monuments that are currently under great threat.
Last Updated ( Monday, 31 August 2015 14:38 )

Fuente: Cord Magazine (Serbia)

jueves, 19 de junio de 2014

martes, 17 de junio de 2014

Los monárquicos en el punto de mira mediático: Seriedad y sosiego

Desde el anuncio de la abdicación de Su Majestad el Rey Don Juan Carlos I y en vísperas de la proclamación del nuevo Rey Don Felipe VI, los medios de comunicación salen a la busca de monárquicos para entrevistas de todo tipo, a veces con la presumible intención de ponerlos en ridículo.

Lo más curioso es que muchos periodistas españoles parecen tener una visión distorsionada y anticuada de la Monarquía a pesar de vivir en una Monarquía moderna que no hace ostentación de boato y grandes solemnidades, y aún así creen que los monárquicos somos una especie rara de comportamientos extravagantes, cursis y horteras, mientras que presentan al lado contrario de los republicanos como ciudadanos muy diferentes.

Los monárquicos no debemos caer en el error de dejarnos utilizar por algunos medios sensacionalistas o por reporteros con segundas intenciones, sólo porque nos hacen creer que la entrevista o el reportaje puede darnos publicidad, porque al final lo que emiten o publican puede reducirse a una o dos frases poco significativas y que nada aportan como argumentos a favor de la Monarquía.

Por ello también es importante que los que decidan manifestarse por las calles o ir a aclamar al nuevo Rey lo hagan de la forma más seria y sosegada posible, para no ofrecer a los detractores de la Monarquía ninguna imagen distorsionada de lo que es un monárquico del siglo XXI. 

miércoles, 4 de junio de 2014

¿Referéndum para qué, para quién?

Tras el anuncio de abdicación de Su Majestad el Rey, los republicanos de la extrema izquierda española no han perdido ni un minuto para calentar sus maquinarias y movilizar sus redes para armar mucho ruido en la calle, ya que en las urnas la extrema izquierda se queda en lo que es: una minoría insignificante. Los que arman mucho ruido, pocos argumentos tienen.

El gran argumento de los republicanos tipo segunda república es que para ellos la Monarquía no es democrática porque el Rey no lo elige el pueblo, y por eso quieren una república, una de las guillotinas, una que no respeta ni las opiniones ajenas y corta la cabeza a todos los que se oponen a ella.

Lo que nunca dicen claramente es que el tipo de república soñada es la de Fidel Castro o de Hugo Chávez, una república comunista opresora que lleva a la ruina a la economía nacional, al desabastecimiento con mercancías con las tiendas vacías y con cartillas de racionamiento, para acabar todos -menos los funcionarios del único partido gobernante- en la miseria más absoluta.

Nadie de los que gritan a favor de la república parece caer en la cuenta de que en España las cosas no cambiarían a mejor, sino todo lo contrario. Nadie repara en que existen muchas repúblicas en Europa, donde los problemas son más o menos los mismos, causados por la gestión deficiente de sus políticos gobernantes. 

Nadie repara en el hecho de que durante los últimos 67 años en ningún estado europeo se ha celebrado ningún referéndum sobre la forma de estado -salvo en España, donde la Monarquía Parlamentaria fue ratificada por el 80% del pueblo al votar favorablemente a la Constitución de 1978-, y los únicos que hubo se celebraron en Italia en 1947, que fue manipulado y falseado por los estadounidenses, tan poco dados a apoyar las opciones monárquicas y sin dejar tiempo al entonces Rey Umberto II para demostrar que podía reinar mejor que su padre, que no tuvo otra alternativa que coexistir con la dictadura de Mussolini, y otro en Grecia, durante cuya dictadura militar el Rey Constantino no tuvo más alternativa que el Rey Vittorio Emanuele de Italia.

Nadie parece reparar en el hecho de que los países de Europa Oriental -Bulgaria, Rumanía, Serbia, Montenegro- perdieron sus Monarquías, tan queridas por sus pueblos, por la imposición de un régimen totalitario comunista, y que después de la caída del telón de acero no se ha restablecido el orden democrático y constitucional previo a la toma del poder por los comunistas prosoviéticos ni se ha pensado en la conveniencia que el pueblo decidiera sobre si quería seguir con el sistema republicano instaurado por los comunistas.

Nadie parece reparar en el hecho de que Alemania, el país más destacado y económicamente importante de Europa, instauró la república sin consultar al pueblo, ni en 1918 ni en 1945, en ambos casos dominada por las potencias vencedoras de las guerras mundiales. 

Argumentan los republicanos que las generaciones actuales son diferentes a las de 1978 y que también deben tener derecho a decidir. Curioso argumento. En Alemania llevan 65 años con una Ley Fundamental, que no es ninguna constitución aprobada por referéndum, que no permite celebrar ningún referéndum nacional, y en cuya redacción ni siquiera han podido intervenir diputados elegidos para constituir una asamblea constituyente. Y a pesar de esta y otras irregularidades, nadie parece plantear que sería necesario un cambio para que las generaciones actuales decidan sobre el estado que quieran tener.

Tampoco se ha oído a ninguno de estos republicanos de pacotilla que exigen lo mismo en repúblicas totalitarias tan afines a sus pensamientos políticos como son Corea del Norte, Cuba o China.

En ninguna Monarquía la población ha planteado la necesidad de celebrar un referéndum sobre la continuidad o no de la Monarquía cuando ha cambiado el Monarca. Claro que siempre existen minorías radicales que lo hacen, pero siempre son irrelevantes.

Y nadie repara en el hecho de que no se discute sobre el modelo de república, como si la forma republicana fuese de por sí paradisíaca y perfecta, cuando en realidad existen muchas formas de repúblicas.

¿No es democrática la Monarquía? Entonces ¿qué hay de la Unión Europea, donde los máximos representantes se autonombran y eternizan en sus cargos sin intervención del Parlamento Europeo? ¿Cómo se mide el grado de democracia de la que disfruta un país? Si partimos de los jefes de estado de las repúblicas europeas, ninguno ha llegado a serlo por decisión popular, sino por decisión de los partidos mayoritarios, y aunque se elija directamente, no hay otra alternativa que votar a uno de los dos o tres candidatos impuestos por los partidos mayoritarios. La democracia, empero, se mide por cómo se elige a los concejales, alcaldes, diputados y jefes de gobierno, que son los que deciden la política diaria, no cómo se establece el acceso a la jefatura del estado.

Lo que olvidan casi todos es que la Monarquía Parlamentaria es la forma de estado más democrática imaginable, ya que el jefe del estado es ajeno a toda lucha partidista e ideología política, está por encima de la política diaria, y por ello es el mejor representante del pueblo entero, no sólo de una parte, así como de la historia entera de su país, ya que su dinastía es la que ha acompañado decisivamente toda la trayectoria nacional.

Acabar con esta magnífica forma de estado sería acabar con la verdadera democracia, con la estabilidad, con la unidad nacional, con la cohesión. Por lo tanto, ¿para qué sirve el referéndum o a quién le sirve? No al pueblo, desde luego.


martes, 3 de junio de 2014

Comunicado de la Asociación Monárquica Europea sobre la Abdicación de S.M. el Rey

Abdica Su Majestad el Rey Don Juan Carlos I
El Príncipe de Asturias es garantía de estabilidad para España y símbolo de los nuevos tiempos donde hay que dar a las nuevas generaciones un papel protagonista

Madrid, 2 de junio de 2014. El paso a una nueva generación que “reclama con justa causa el papel protagonista”, es el motivo por el que Juan Carlos I cede la Corona a Don Felipe que “encarna la estabilidad para España y tiene la madurez y la preparación necesarias"

En el mensaje dirigido está mañana a todos lo españoles, el Rey también ha subrayado que está decisión se basa en su profundo amor a España y en haber querido siempre lo mejor para España y haber querido ser siempre “Rey de todos los españoles”.

En su intervención, Su Majestad también ha recordado que son precisos cambios para hacer frente a los retos de futuro. Retos que para los analistas, pasan por el secesionismo de algunas regiones españolas y donde la Monarquía es el elemento indispensable para la unidad nacional.

El Soberano ha querido reconocer la preparación y dedicación del Heredo al Trono, de su esposa la Princesa Doña Letizia y ha agradecido emocionado, la labor y el apoyo de Su Majestad la Reina Doña Sofía a lo largo de los últimos 40 años.

De acuerdo a las previsiones constitucionales, es casi seguro que la ceremonia de ascensión al Trono de Don Felipe será a lo largo del recién iniciado mes de junio.

La Asociación Monárquica Europea confía en la celeridad del Gobierno del Reino para que la abdicación formal y la proclamación del nuevo Rey se puedan producir en un plazo lo más breve posible.