ROYAL COUPLE AT EVENT HONOURING GRAND NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY DECISION
25 NOVEMBER 1918
Novi Sad, 25 November 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended the Gala academy honouring the Grand National Parliamentary Assembly decision of 25 November 1918.
Mr. Milos Vucevic, Mayor of Novi Sad, Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Bac and Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, state and regional officials as well as prominent experts and artists attended this important event. The Grand National Parliamentary Assembly in Novi Sad reached the decision on 25 November, 1918 to unite Baranja, Backa and Banat with Serbia. The day before on 24 November 1918 members of the parliament of Srem reached the decision in Ruma to also annex Srem to Serbia. On 25 November 1918, the region of Vojvodina proclaimed its secession from Austria-Hungary to unite with the pan-Slavic State of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The Kingdom of Serbia joined the union on 1 December 1918, and the country was named Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. In 1918, Serbia was recognized as a state by the world for the first time. Today’s event in Novi Sad marks 94 years since the unification decision.
In accompanying program, chorale of the Opera “Prince Ivo of Semberia” performed “Oj, Srpkinjo“ by composer Isidor Bajic, then Miodrag Petrovic read speech delivered by Jasa Tomic on 25 November 1918, then followed Combination of Bunjevci dances, performed by Artistic Association Tavankut, and at the end “Arise, Serbia“ was performed by choir and orchestra.