Obrenović dynasty

House of Obrenović

House of Obrenović
Coat of arms of Serbia (2004-2010).svg
Country Serbia
Ancestral house Martinović, Orlović
Titles Prince (Кнез/Knez), King (Краљ/Kralj)
Founder Miloš Obrenović I
Final sovereign Alexander I Obrenović
Current head Extinct
Founding 1815
Dissolution 1903

The House of Obrenović (Serbian pronunciation: ; Serbian: Обреновићи, Obrenovići, often spelled in English as Obrenovich or Obrenovitch) was a Serbian dynasty that ruled Serbia from 1815 to 1842, and again from 1858 to 1903. They came to power through the leadership of their progenitor Miloš Obrenović in the Second Serbian uprising against the Ottoman Empire, which led to the formation of the Principality of Serbia. The regents tended to rule autocratically, their popularity waxing and waning over their decades in power.

The family's rule came to an end when an underground movement Black hand throughout the military, killed the last king Aleksandar Obrenović, proximally because of his unpopular choice of a bride. After the end of their rule, a constitutional monarchy headed by the Karađorđević family took its place.

Unlike other Balkan states such as Greece, Bulgaria or Romania, Serbia did not import a member of an existing European royal family to take its throne; the Obrenović Dynasty, like its Karađorđević rival, was a "home-grown" Serbian family.


Other family members

See also


  1. s:sr:Ustav Srbije od 1835. godine#Глава пета. О Књазу сербском.

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