MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HIS MAJESTY KING ALEXANDER I
Belgrade, Topola, 9 October 2006 – Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended Divine
Liturgy and a Memorial Service in the Saint George Church at Oplenac for His
Majesty King Alexander.
The church service that was officiated by His Grace
Bishop Jovan of Sumadija and the clergy of Sumadija parish was also attended
by the son of Prince Paul His Royal Highness Prince Alexander. After the
service Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess
Katherine, Mr. Dragomir Acovic and Professor Dragoljub Kavran Members of
Advisory Bodies to the Crown, and the admirers of HM Late King Alexander the
Unifier laid wreaths and flowers on the King’s grave.
The ceremony was organized with highest state honours in
the presence of the representatives of the Serbian Government and Armed
Forces, the local authorities of City of Topola, representatives of several
Sumadija Municipalities, Endowment of King Peter I, as well as many
representatives of monarchist clubs and citizens.
King Alexander I was assassinated in Marseille 9 October
1934 along with the French Foreign Minister Monsieur Louis Barthou during a
state visit to France, King Alexander had travelled to France to strengthen
the defensive alliance with that country against Nazi Germany. The King’s
death deeply moved the whole of Yugoslavia, and hundreds of thousands of
people paid their last respects all along the funeral route through the
country to the royal crypt in Oplenac Serbia, King Alexander I was buried
there in the Mausoleum of the Church of St. George, built by King Peter I.
In recognition of his greatest accomplishments the
National Parliament and the Senate of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia named him
King Alexander I The Unifier