King Petar The First Karadjordjevic was the supreme commander of the Serbian army in the Balkan Wars. Due to his age, un June 24, 1914, he transferred the royal powers to Crown Prince Alexander. Since he was king of Serbia during the period of great Serbian soldiers of success, remains remembered in the Serbian people as king Peter The Liberator.
Peter I Karadjordjevic (Belgrade, July 11, 1844 – Belgrade, August 16, 1921) was king of Serbia, from 1903 to 1918 and the king of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes from 1918 to 1921.
Peter Karadjordjevic was Karadjordje grandson and the third son of Persida and Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, who was forced to abdicate after the Sentandreja Assembly. Peter lived with his family abroad. He fought in the French army in the French-Prussian war. Joined himself as a volunteer under a pseudonym Petar Mrkonjić in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
He was married in 1883 to the Montenegrin princess Zorka, the daughter of Prince Nikola. He had five children with her, including the successor Alexander. After the death of his father in 1885, Peter became the head of the dynasty Karadjordjevic. After May’s Overthrow and killing of King Alexander Obrenovic in 1903, he was elected King of Serbia. As king, he advocated the constitutional order of the country and was known for his liberal politics.
King Peter was the supreme commander of the Serbian army in the Balkan Wars. Because of the age on June 24th 1914, he transferred royal powers to Crown Prince Alexander. In the First World War he retreated with the army across Albania. Since he was the king of Serbia during the period of great Serbian military success, in the Serbian people remained remembered as King Peter the Liberator (also known as the Old King).