Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied by Prof. Dr Slobodan Markovic, member of the Crown Council, member of the Crown Cabinet, attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of HM King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, in the Royal Mausoleum of St. George’s Church in Oplenac. The Memorial service was officiated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, wreaths were laid at the tomb of the King by Their Royal Highnesses, the representatives of the municipality of Topola, the Foundation of King Peter I, many organizations and citizens who gathered to pay tribute to the beloved King.
HM Alexander I, the King of Yugoslavia, the second son of King Peter I and Princess Zorka, was born in Cetinje, on December 16, 1888. His godfather was the Russian Tsar Alexander II, through proxy. He spent his childhood in Montenegro, and finished elementary school in Geneva. He continued his schooling in the military school in Saint Petersburg and then in Belgrade. After the death of King Peter I, he ascended the throne of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
This act carried through his father’s and grandfather’s ideals of the South Slavs unification. After the death of King Peter I, on August 16, 1921, Regent Alexander became the King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1922, he married Princess Maria of Romania. Three sons were born in this marriage – Peter, Tomislav and Andrej.
HM King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated during a state visit to France, in Marseilles, on October 9, 1934. The victim of that assassination was also the French Foreign Minister, Mr. Louis Barthou. HRH Crown Prince Alexander II is the grandson of HM King Alexander I Unifier of Yugoslavia.
HM King Peter II, HM Queen Alexandra, HM Queen Maria and HRH Crown Prince Andrej were re-interred next to HM King Alexander I and HM King Peter I in the state funeral at the Royal Mausoleum in Oplenac, on May 26, 2013.