Crown Prince Alexander unveils plaque in memory of Cedomilj and Elodija Mijatovic

HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine with Mr Petar Markovic, owner of the house and descendent of General Petar Misic, HE Mr Constantine Economides, ambassador of Greece to Serbia and professor Slobodan Markovic, member of the Crown Council and distinguished guests

23/05/2015

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander accompanied by HRH Crown Princess Katherine unveiled a plaque in a 19th century at 3 Kneza Milosa Street in Belgrade, as a testimony that important figures of Serbian history lived here, in the times of King Milan Obrenovic and King Peter I Karadjordjevic, great grandfather of Crown Prince Alexander. Prof. Slobodan Markovic, member of the Crown Council, Dr Petar Markovic, owner of the house and descendent of General  Petar Misic and Karadjordje’s daughter Milica and HE Mt Constantine Economides, Ambassador of Greece to Serbia attended the ceremony.

The plaque was unveiled in memory of Cedomilj and Elodija Mijatovic, who lived in the villa from 1875 to 1885, and after that General Petar Misic and his wife Milica Misic, née Vujic, granddaughter of supreme leader Karadjordje.

Cedomilj Mijatovic was a University professor, diplomat, economist, historian and a writer. He started as professor of finance and economy at Belgrade University, and then six times he was minister of finance, two times minister of foreign affairs, and a diplomat for more than thirty years. He was among the founders of the People’s party, he founded the National Bank of Serbia and gave the name dinar to Serbian currency. He wrote historic novels enjoyed by readers and critics, he wrote about religious topics, translated from English, he was the first correspondent for Serbian newspapers from London, and the first Serbian elected to be honorary member of the Royal Historic in London.

His wife Elodija Mijatovicnée Lawton, was a British author who lived in Boston in the 1850s, where she was an advocate of the abolitionist movement. In 1864 she married  Cedomilj Mijatovic, and lived with him in Belgrade and then in London where she died. She translated several works from English into Serbian, and published several books about Serbia in English, includingТhe History of Modern Serbia in 1872 in London and Serbian Folklore in 1874. She has founded a Belgrade women’s association. At the beginning of 20th century, she was the first to translate Serbian national fairy tales into English.

After MIjatovic moved to London as a diplomat in 1885, they sold their house in Belgrade to Nikola Antula who then sold it in 1906 to Dusan Vujic, Chief of Staff at the Court of HM King Peter I. In fact the real buyer was Lieutenant Colonel Petar Misic, whose wife Milica was granddaughter of Karadjordje, daughter of his daughter Sava.

HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine Plaque in memory of Cedomilj and Elodija Mijatovic who lived in the villa from 1875 to 1885, and after that General Petar Misic and his wife Milica Misic, née Vujic, granddaughter of supreme leader Karadjordje HRH Crown Prince Alexander and Dr Petar Markovic, owner of the house and descendent of General Petar Misic. HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine with Mr Petar Markovic, owner of the house and descendent of General Petar Misic, HE Mr Constantine Economides, ambassador of Greece to Serbia and professor Slobodan Markovic, member of the Crown Council and distinguished guests