MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HM QUEEN MARIA SERVED BY HIS HOLINESS
AT THE ROYAL CHAPEL
Belgrade, 22 June 2011 – His Holiness the Patriarch Irinej of
Serbia served today at the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First Called a
memorial service for the 50 years since the death of Her Majesty Queen Maria of
The service was held in the presence of Their Royal
Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Philip, Mrs.
Alison Andrews, Mr. Manos Ioannidis, as well as members of the Advisory Bodies
of the Crown.
After the service, His Holiness the Patriarch of Irinej
Serbia said that all deceased members of the Karadjordjevic Royal Family should
be buried in the Royal Crypt at the St George Church at Oplenac where they
Following the commemoration, Their Royal Highnesses Crown
Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine and Prince Philip went to United
Kingdom, where they will attend a memorial service that will take place in
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.
On the occasion of 50th anniversary since the death of Her
Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, an exhibition was presented at the White
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 advance.
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 Hohenzollern.
In 1922, when she 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.