Hundreds of mourners held a religious service at the tiny Los Angeles church on Saturday where the body of ex-King Peter of Yugoslavia was lying in State.
GV church and crowd
LV interior, priests during prayer
CU religious leader Iriney speaks:
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 3): BISHOP IRINEY: "It's impossible to believe that anybody can even issue a church order to forbid church services. I don't know how a civil judge can enter into religious problems and order us not to have any church service."
QUESTION: "The hearing is apparently scheduled for November 13 before the judge. Will you be able to show documentation as to the King's wishes and the wishes of his..."
QUESTION: "Have you been contacted by any officials or have you been served by any papers?"
BISHOP: "Nobody serves us any papers, nobody appeared, nobody did anything to us. We don't have any restraining orders."
QUESTION: "Will Queen Alexandra be at Libertyville, Illinois for the funeral service?"
BISHOP: "As far as we know".
QUESTION: "And how long will the King's body lie here in state at this church?"
BISHOP: "Just as long as we need it. As far as our schedule goes, today, tonight and tomorrow.
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Background: Hundreds of mourners held a religious service at the tiny Los Angeles church on Saturday where the body of ex-King Peter of Yugoslavia was lying in State. The ceremony was held in defiance of a court order banning the services because the King's family claimed it was against the dead leader's wishes.
Forty-seven year old King Peter the II had ruled for one-mouth as Yugoslav's boy-king in 1941. His 25-year-old son has said in London that he doesn't wish to succeed his father as ruler -in-exile. At the Los Angeles church a Yugoslav religious leader comments on the court ban:
Ex-King Peter had lived separately from his wife, Queen Alexandra, for 17 years.
SYNOPSIS: The body of Ex-King Peter of Yugoslavia lay in State in Los Angeles on Saturday. The ceremony continued in defiance of a court order banning services because the King's family said it was against his wishes. Bishop Iriney answered reporters questions.