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96th MEMORIAL SERVICE OF HIS MAJESTY KING PETER I

Personal Envoy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander, Mr. Predrag Markovic, member of the Crown Council, with His Grace Bishop. Jovan of Sumadija, and Mr. Negovan Stankovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, in front of the Church of St. George in Oplenac, the endowment of HM King Peter I.

A memorial service took place today at the St. George Church at Oplenac to mark the 96th commemoration of HM King Peter I death.

On behalf of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, the great grandson of HM King Peter I, Mr. Predrag Markovic, a member of the Crown Council, laid a wreath on the tomb of His Majesty King Peter I the Liberator. On behalf of the Government of Serbia a wreath was laid by Mr. Negovan Stanković, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

King Peter I was the fifth child of Prince Alexander and Princess Persida (the daughter of Duke Jevrem Nenadovic), and a grandson of Karadjordje, the supreme leader of First Serbian uprising. He was born on St. Peter’s Day 11 July 1844. In the summer of 1883 he married Princess Ljubica-Zorka, the eldest daughter of the Montenegrin Prince Nikola in Cetinje, Montenegro. They had five children: two daughters Jelena and Milena and three sons Djordje (who renounced his right to the throne in 1909), Aleksandar and Andrija (died as a child).

On 28 May 1903, a group of Serbian army officers organized a Coup d’Etat and proclaimed Prince Peter Karadjordjevic, then living in Switzerland, the new King of Serbia. The National Parliament confirmed this on 15 June 1903. HM King Peter I died on 16 August 1921 in Belgrade and was buried in the Royal Mausoleum of St. George Church in Oplenac.

Personal Envoy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander, Mr. Predrag Markovic, member of the Crown Council, lays the Crown Prince's wreath at the tomb of HM King Peter I in the church of ST. George in Oplenac, on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the King's death.