THEIR MAJESTIES KING ALEXANDER I AND QUEEN MARIA 85TH
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION
The Official Wedding Photograph of HM King Alexaner I and HM Queen Maria,
Belgrade, 8 June 2007 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince
Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine hosted tonight a reception and
exhibition in honour of the 85th wedding anniversary of Their Majesties King
Alexander I and Queen Maria, at the White Palace, in the presence of Her Royal
Highness Princess Margarita of Romania, His Serene Highness Prince Radu of
Hohenzollern-Veringen, and Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina, and her husband
Sir Desmond de Silva QC.
Also present were many distinguished guests from the
diplomatic corps, the business, political, cultural, intellectual and religious
In his speech, Crown Prince Alexander II said: “The Royal
Wedding held on 8 June 1922 brought together two people in love and two nations
in friendship”. He added that this wedding was greeted “in Belgrade and in
Bucharest with much rejoicing and a very happy atmosphere”. The Crown Prince
concluded that “the remembrance of the King and the Queen is still binding us as
heirs and descendants, cousins and friends”.
After that, Mr. Cedomir Antic, Crown Council member, gave a
speech. He said that the Serbian Royal Family had achieved international
acknowledgement when King Alexander I Karadjordjevic married the Romanian
Princess Maria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.
“If our state could not have always been considered as an
equal member of the European family of nations and states, our Dynasty has, with
this act, finally become European. The descendants of King Alexander and Queen
Maria became thus the heirs to the European thrones which stretched back a
thousand years”, Mr. Antic said.
Mr Antic reminded everyone of the virtues of King Alexander –
of his role as warrior and military commander, of his role in creating a strong
and long lasting Balkan Alliance known as the Little Entente, and of his role as
Unifier of the South Slavic peoples into a large state, later known as
Yugoslavia. King Alexander was assassinated in 1934 in Marseille, which marked
an end of an era.
An interesting part of the evening was the exhibition
dedicated to the Wedding Ceremony and to Their Majesties King Alexander and
Queen Maria. The golden tiara of the Queen caught a lot of attention, as did the
King’s sabre. Other objects included: the wedding certificate, the Royal
Portraits, a menu, sitting and standing arrangements during the Royal Wedding,
the epaulets, the photographs, the poudrierre, Ball program of the wedding, etc.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the Endowment of
King Peter I at Oplenac, the Military Museum, the Historical Museum of Serbia,
the Archives of Serbia and Yugoslavia, and private collectors.