THE CROWN PRINCE OPENS EXHIBITION
“50 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH
OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN MARIA OF YUGOSLAVIA” AT THE WHITE PALACE
Belgrade, 21 June 2011 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II,
Crown Princess Katherine and Prince Philip marked 50th anniversary since the
death of Crown Prince Alexander’s grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Maria by
organizing an exhibition “50 years since the death of Her Majesty Queen Maria of
Yugoslavia” at the White Palace.
At the official ceremony speeches were delivered by HRH Crown Prince
Alexander and Mr. Dragomir Acovic, member of the Privy Council.
Also present were: Mrs. Alison Andrews and Michael Garfinkel, daughter and
grandson of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine, members of the
diplomatic corps, members of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown, as well as
representatives of cultural and public life of Serbia.
In his speech the Crown Prince emphasized: “It is my great pleasure to
present you this wonderful exhibition which will give us the opportunity to
learn about little-known facts of the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty Queen
Maria of Yugoslavia. She was truly a great lady loved by everyone who knew her
and this exhibition is a token of appreciation to her”.
The exhibition “50 years since the death of Her Majesty Queen Maria of
Yugoslavia” will give visitors a unique opportunity to learn facts and details
from the life of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia from 1922 when she came to Belgrade
up to 1961, when she passed away in London, United Kingdom.
On Wednesday, 22 June His Holiness the Patriarch of Serbia will serve a
memorial service at the Royal Palace Chapel of St Andrew the First Called.
Following the memorial service Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander,
Crown Princess Katherine and Prince Philip will travel to the United Kingdom
where they will attend a memorial service that will take place at Frogmore,
Windsor where HM Queen Maria is buried. This ceremony will also be attended by
members of the Royal Family, HRH Prince Vladimir and HRH Princess Brigitte, HRH
Princess Lavinia and her husband Mr Austin Prichard Levy, HRH Prince Dmitri, HRH
Princess Katarina, Lady de Silva, Sir Desmond de Silva and Victoria de Silva.
The graveside commemoration will be served by Father Milun Kostic, Father
Radomir Acimovic and The Right Reverend David John Conner KCVO Dean of Windsor.
The Yugoslav Queen, Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, was born in 1900 in the
German City of Gotha in the castle of Duke Alfred of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and
Edinburgh, as the third child of the Romanian Crown Prince Ferdinand and Maria
In 1922, when she was married His Majesty King Alexander I, the Romanian
Princess became the Queen of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and later in 1929
she became the Queen of Yugoslavia. In 1923, she gave birth to the heir to the
throne, Crown Prince Peter; in 1925 Prince Tomislav, and in 1928 Prince Andrej
Karadjordjevic. Queen Maria dedicated most of her life to humanitarian work, and
as such is remembered fondly by our nation and people. In the memory of the
Yugoslavian people, she is remembered as a kind, generous, modest and
emancipated woman – a true Queen.
The exhibition will be open for public from Wednesday, 22 June to Tuesday, 5
July during the working week at 12.30pm. Everyone interested should call the
Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander on 011/ 306 4075 at least one day in