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No. 3031, 5 April 1930

HM King Alexander I

The Family Book of Rules for the Members of

The Royal House of The Kingdom of Yugoslavia

Art. 1. – The members of the Royal House of Karadjordje’s Dynasty are: The Queen wife, living ancestors of the King in the direct line, from the same dynasty, together with their wives, living descendants of the King in the direct line, with their wives; the brothers of the King and their descendants with their wives; the sisters of the Ruling King and all female descendants until they marry; the Uncle of King Alexander I Prince Arsen, Prince Paul with his wife and descendants, female descendants until they marry.

Art. 2. – According to the article 7 of the Law on the King’s Authority and the Supreme state administration of 6 January 1929, the King is succeeded by His male descendants from the legitimate marriage in the order of primogeniture.

Art. 3. – The Ruling King is the head and protector of all the members of The Royal House.
The King determines the rank of all the members of The Royal House.

Art. 4. – The sons of the Ruling King are Princes (in Serbian: Kraljevici), and all the other members of the Royal House are “Knezevi” and “Kneginje” (also Princes and Princesses in English) of Yugoslavia. They all bear the title of Royal Highness.

Art. 5. – Without the special approval and consent of the King no member of The Royal House is allowed to commit any act or deed
of the public importance, nor to make any permanent commitments to anyone.
The King takes care, by all means, that with no exception The Royal House is always governed by the rules and considerations of honour, order and exemplary behaviour, worthy of the Royal House.
Art. 6. – All members of The Royal House are obliged to consider as, and to respect the Head of their House in the person of the King, and to help Him in performing His duties as the Head of the House, by perfect and impeccable loyalty and obedience.

Art. 7. – No member of The Royal House can be joined in marriage without previous consent and approval of the King.
The marriage concluded against the above rule implies exclusion from The Royal House, deprivation of the honours and privileges belonging to the members of The Royal House.

Art. 8. – The consent of the Head of The House for the marriage of any member of the Royal House is given in the form of the special letter, co-signed by the Patriarch and the Prime Minister.

Art. 9. – When a member of The Royal House establishes separate house and gets separate estate, he can not, for that matter, be excepted from the authority of the King, decreed in this Book of Rules, and he is obliged to conduct his house orderly, making no causes for complaints.
If that be not the case, the King has the right to take all the necessary measures for the proper conduct of the house in question.

Art. 10. – Without the approval or consent from the King, no member of The Royal House can make debts over the possibility of
payment, which is set by the four month regular income of the member in question.

Art. 11. – No member of the Royal House can accept neither inheritance nor any donation without the consent and approval of the King.

Art. 12. – Court officials, assigned to any member of The Royal House, or to the separate houses of the Royal House, will commence their service only when the King approves their assignments.

Art. 13. – The King will, by His decree, determine the place of residence of the members of The Royal House.
The change of residence will also be approved or determined by the order of the King.

Art. 14. – No member of The Royal House is allowed to take permanent residence or employment abroad without the approval of the King.
Shorter journeys abroad of the members of The Royal House also can not be taken without the previous approval of the King.

Art. 15. – The members of The Royal House are to be prepared for the service in the military, education, art or the Church, according to their special preferences.

Art. 16. – Under the supreme rule the King, as the Head of The Royal House, directs education of all the members of The Royal House, even when the general care of the education of children belongs to their parents.

Art. 17. – The King will take care of all the needs of the children from The Royal House in case they are left without parents.

Art. 18. – The King has the unlimited right to maintain order in The Royal House worthy of the Royal House, by all the means available to Him.

Art. 19. – For the estimation and validation of the disciplinary infringements, the Court Council is established. The Court Council includes, under the presidency of the King, the Crown Prince (if he is of age), the members of The Royal House who are over 21 years old, the Patriarch of Serbia, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, the President of the State Council, the President of the Court of Cassation. It is in the power of the King to expound the disciplinary steps, according to the regulations of this Book of Rules, or when He finds it needed, to be estimated and discussed by this Court Council.

Art. 20. – The disciplinary measures, which will be at the discretion of the King, in conducting The Royal House, are:

a) Warning, undisclosed or public, for all the members of The Royal House, which is recorded

b) Censure, undisclosed or public, for all the members of The Royal House, which is recorded

c) Dispossessing of one third of the appanage during the period of one to six months

d) Exclusion from all the honours for a shorter or longer period, undisclosed or public

e) Exclusion from The Royal House, for a shorter or longer period of time, under the decree, undisclosed, known only to the members of the Royal House, or intentionally printed in the official paper

f) Exclusion from The Royal House. In the case of such punishment, the hearing of the Court Council is necessary.

The expression public for all the members of The Royal House indicates the announcement of the respective disciplinary measure to all the members of The Royal House.

Art. 21. – Each punishment that is sentenced to the members of The Royal House by the King can be revoked, on His discretion, when such measure is has the grounds in amending or eradicating the causes for such punishment. The hearing of the Court Council is necessary in this case, too, if it is mentioned in the article 20 under “e” and “f”.

Art. 22. – The disputes between the members of The Royal House can not be taken to court. The Court Council has a duty to do everything in its power to settle such a dispute. If the dispute can not be settled in such way, the special Elected court, consisting of three judges, the President of whom is determined by the King, and one by each side in the dispute from among the members of The Royal House or the members of the Court Council, passes final judgment on the dispute. The side that does not comply with the judgment is to be punished by the measures under “e” and “f” of the article 20, at the discretion of the King.

Art. 23. – When the King is underage, His rights and duties as the head of the Royal House will be undertaken until His becoming of age by the Queen Mother. If the King is without living parents, the authority of the head of the Royal House will be undertaken by the member of The Royal House, determined by the King. The punishment under f) of the Art. 20 can be sentenced only by the King.

Art. 24. – As the head of The Royal House, the King disposes of all it’s means, and issues all orders that are necessary economic and financial affairs

Art. 25. – The King holds on the right to make changes and amendments in this Book of Rules according to circumstances,
when He finds it beneficial, as well as to issues decrees in agreement with the Court Council, on every important, but unanticipated case.

Art. 26. – This Book of Rules becomes valid from this day on, and comes into force immediately.

(The official paper No. 92 – XXXVI of 24 April 1930)