ROYAL COUPLE ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR HM KING PETER I AT OPLENAC
Belgrade, 16 August 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended a Memorial Service for the 91st anniversary of the death of His Majesty King Peter I the Liberator in the Church of St. George in Oplenac, Topola.
The Royal Couple were accompanied by Mr. Dragomir Acovic, chairman of the Crown Council and member of the Managing Board of the Foundation in Oplenac, Mr. Milorad Savicevic, member of the Crown Cabinet, Dr. Cedomir Antic, member of the Crown Cabinet, and Mr. Vladan Zivulovic, acting manager of the King Peter I Foundation in Oplenac and member of the Crown Cabinet, paid their respects to Crown Prince's great grandfather at the Holy Liturgy that was officiated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, and following that a wreath laying ceremony that took place at the tomb of HM King Peter I.
Apart from HRH Crown Prince Alexander wreaths were also laid by representative of Serbian Government, Mr. Miroslav Tasic, state secretary at the Ministry of culture and information, Serbian Army delegation, delegations of Topola and Arandjelovac municipalities, King Peter I Foundation in Oplenac and many citizens who still have King Peter I in their hearts also laid their wreaths.
King Peter I the Liberator, who deceased on this day back in 1921 in Belgrade was one of the most important Serbian rulers in the New Era. He ascended the Throne after the Overturn in May 1903. The rule of King Peter I was marked by the Annex Crisis, a Trade War with the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the Balkan Wars and World War One. From all these wars, Serbia came out victorious after the battles in Kumanovo, at Bregalnica, Cer, Kolubara and Thessaloniki Front, and brought its’ statehood to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
HM King Peter I the Liberator is always highly respected and observed with a great deal of sympathy among the people because of his heroism, directness and frugality.