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Cav. Martin Steven James Goldstraw of Whitecairns
A NEW VERSION OF THE COAT OF ARMS OF
H.R.H. PRINCE ALEKSANDAR KARAGEORGEVICH
The Armorial Register has been made aware that His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich who is the oldest member of the Karageorgevich family (b. 1924) and the head of the junior Princely line of the Royal House has, following advice, changed his armorial bearings.
The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism has informed us that on the Day of Saint Apostle Philip, 11.(24.) October 2006. AD, His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich, High Patron of the Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism, has, according to the suggestion of Mr. Nenad M. Jovanovich, Heraldist of The Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism, accepted their proposition for the changes in his personal coat of arms.
After the historic events which affected the Serbian Nation post 1918 to the present day, His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich acknowledged the anachronism and inconvenience of the symbols used on the escutheon upon the breast of the doubleheaded eagle on his arms.
Guided by this awareness, which has been publicly pronounced by him on many occasons. Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich, has accepted the changes suggested to him by the experts of the The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism’s Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. Those changes recomended the displacement of the Croatian and Slovenian symbols from the said escutheon. This change represents the return to the Serbian historical and heraldic heritage as well as a symbolic „getting over the pestilential mistake of yugoslavianism“.
The fist sketch-rendition of the new version of the arms of Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich was produced thanks to the heraldic expertise of Mr. Nenad M. Jovanovich in the capacity of Herald with the artistic assistance from Iconpainter Rade M. Pavlovich who is an Heraldic Artist. The first sketch of the arms of His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich was produced with the use of the existing old arms (rendition of Dipl.ing.arch. Dragomir Atzovich). The assigment of producing completely new and representative versions in electronic form was intrusted to, beside the abovementioned, the Centre’s Heraldic Artists: Dipl.ecc. Nebojsha Dikich and Ing. Srechko Nikitovich.
When the new arms were adopted The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism sent this message to the Prince:
„May our beloved in Christ High Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Pavla Karageorgevich and his Heraldic Heirs use their new coat of arms in good health for many years to come“.
Our grateful thanks to Mr. Nenad M. Jovanovich and The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism for providing information and images for this report.
(Source: ''The Armorial Register Newsletter'' Vol.1/Issue 3; The Burke’s Peerаge & Gentry International Register of Arms; November 2006; page 5)