CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II, PRINCE PHILIP AND H.E.
MR. VUK JEREMIC AT MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR HIS MAJESTY KING ALEXANDER
I IN MARSEILLE
Marseille, 9 October 2009 – A wreath laying
ceremony was held this morning in Marseille, France, on the occasion
of 75th Anniversary of the assassination of His Majesty King
Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Monsieur Louis Barthou, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of France.
The official state ceremony was organized by the
French Government at the location where the assassination took place
in Marseilles, France of HM King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and
Monsieur Louis Barthou the French Foreign Minister. The ceremony was
attended by HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, grandson of HM King
Alexander I, accompanied by his son HRH Prince Philip, great
grandson of HM King Alexander I, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Serbia, who laid a wreath on behalf of the State
of Serbia and H.E. Dr. Dusan Batakovic, Ambassador of Serbia to
HRH Crown Prince Alexander II said it was a day
of sorrow for him, and added that his grandfather was a first victim
of fascism. “I came here with my son Philip to mark this sad day”,
said HRH Crown Prince Alexander II. HRH Crown Prince Alexander II
thanked H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, the Government of Serbia and H.E.
Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, as well as France and Marseille,
for making this commemoration possible.
“Laying a wreath at my great-grandfather’s
monument is very special moment for all of us, and makes us think
where we were 75 years ago, and where we are today”, said HRH Prince
Philip and went on that he was very moved by today’s ceremony and
“We were together in wars, victories and losses,
and today we are together in peace, with desire to live in united
Europe”, said H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic, minister of Foreign Affairs of
Serbia and added “Bullets fired at King Alexander, who was a victim
of fascist and ustashe terrorism were fired at our country and
European peace. King Alexander I was a Unifier, a man with deep
respect for the history of his nation and profound vision of unity
and integrations, which made him a first European leader in our
In the afternoon following their return from
France, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown
Princess Katherine and Prince Philip will lay a wreath on His
Majesty’s tomb in the Church of St. George in Oplenac.