Charter of the Order of St John of Jerusalem,
given by King Peter II of Yugoslavia on the 1st October 1963.
Source: copy of translation held in the British Grand Priory Archives
Following the example of our illustrious Protectors of the Religion;
We recognise and confirm the sovereignty of the O.S.J. which, although for the time being without a territorial base, is none the less sovereign in it dealings with other States, and independent in its internal organisation, in the election of its leader, and in the promulgation of its Constitution.
We assure the present Grand Master (72nd of the Order), His Most Eminent Highness Colonel Paul Granier de Cassagnac, the testimony of our support and of our affection.
We shall watch the Chapter of the Brothers of the Order elect after him a worthy successor capable of maintaining his work.
We invite all the Brothers of the Order to respect the sacred principle of the Obedience due to the Grand Master, following the illustrious example of the Popes who repeatedly recalled to the Brothers the obedience owing to the Grand Master, to the Government and to his Council. We rejoice at the Hospitaller program of the Order based on moral, spiritual and material assistance and help in rehabilitating old prisoners.
We shall watch over the future promulgation of the new Constitution of the Order by the Grand Master and his Council.
We keenly wish to see the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem join with the Orders of St. John in its Hospitaller activities, or at least, to work in the same spirit of ecumenism and charity.
We invite The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem so ably governed by Our August Cousin, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England, the Johanniter Order of the Grand Bailiwick of Brandenberg, and the Roman Order of Malta, to unite with us in our cause.
FOR THE FAITH AND SERVICE TO HUMANITY.
Signed: PETER II R
October 1st One Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Three. Paris
Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller.