THE ROYAL COUPLE AT CEREMONY TO MARK STATEHOOD DAY AND 208th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SERBIAN UPRISING
Belgrade, 15 February 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied by Mr. Dusan Babac, member of the Privy Council, Mr. Cedomir Antic, member of the Crown Cabinet and Mr. Darko Spasic, member of the Legal team attended today the ceremony marking the Serbian Statehood Day, which also marks the 208th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in Orasac. The ceremony was also attended by HE Mr. Predrag Markovic, Minister of Culture.
The ceremony started with a Holy Liturgy served by His Grace Bishop of Sumadija Jovan and the clergy of the Sumadija Diocese.
Following the Liturgy, a memorial service was held in Maricevica Gully after which HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HE Mr. Predrag Markovic, Minister of Culture and the President of Arandjelovac Municipality laid laurel wreaths on the monument of Karadjordje. As a part of the ceremony speeches were delivered by HRH Crown Prince Alexander, Mr. Predrag Markovic, Minister of Culture and President of Arandjelovac Municipality.
In his speech the Crown Prince emphasized: “On this holy day, at one of the holiest places of Serbian freedom, I greet you as a host and Karadjordje’s descendent. Orasac and Oplenac are the symbol of the modern Serbian state and freedom. Earlier in the recent past there were moments when that truth was concealed and another one invented. The untruth travels fast, but the truth is constant and long lasting. The Serbian people have entered into the foundations of European civilisation not only its heroes, saints and martyrs but also its art, science, ideas and ideals of its best sons. Europe had already bowed to Serbian culture once. It is up to us if she will continue to do so in future!“.
After the ceremony in Orasac, the Royal Couple attended the celebration of St Patrons Day of the Union of Monarchists that took place in Arandjelovac.
Their Royal Highnesses and members of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown attended a memorial service officiated by His Grace Bishop of Sumadija Jovan in the Church of Saint George at Oplenac. After the ceremony laurel wreaths were placed on the tomb of the Supreme Leader Karadjordje by HRH Crown Prince Alexander and members of the Crown Council.