TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and their daughter Alison were in Marseilles today, to mark the eighty-fifth anniversary of the tragic death of HM King Alexander I and Monsieur Louis Barthou Minister of Foreign Affairs of France. The anniversary commemoration was also attended by the Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs, HE Mr Zoran Djordjevic, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Armed Forces, HE Ms Geneviève Darrieussecq, Ambassador of Serbia in France, HE Ms Natasa Maric and the delegation of the “Kingdom of Serbia” Association, whose patron is HRH Crown Prince Alexander.
HRH Crown Prince Alexander laid flowers at the memorial plaque at the very site of the assassination of King Alexander and Minister Barthou, and then a wreath at their joint monument.
Crown Prince addresses his hosts and great number of citizens saying: “The instability of the world and the ideological impulses have meant that the memory of my grandfather has often been neglected. But let us remind ourselves: fate wanted him to be a soldier first. And he was a brave soldier for a long time. In politics, following in the footsteps of his father, King Peter the First of Serbia, he was a bold, responsible and caring head of state for all his compatriots. Just like his father, he saw France as a great mirror, a role model to strive for: it was precisely France, as we see it today, that knew to choose universal values for its specificity. Friendly and faithful France, a sister in many of our misfortunes. Although my grandfather, as a young man, was so eager to become an Egyptologist, he was forced to become a soldier-king in the service of peace. Peace in the Balkans, in Europe, and in the whole world. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, it is up to all of us to work harder to cherish our memories. To acknowledge the real place that, in history and among people of good will, belongs to people such as King Alexander of Yugoslavia and the late Minister Louis Bartu! To fulfill this task, it will be enough to further strengthen the friendship between our two countries and cooperation within the International Organization of La Francophonie, where my country has recently become an associate member. The young people in our countries, I am sure, will be up to this task.”
Crown Prince Alexander II was welcomed by great number of Serbs who live in France, together with many French citizens who still cherish friendship between our two countries and keep memories of King Alexander I.
Upon his returning in the afternoon from Marseille, HRH Crown Prince Alexander laid a wreath on the tomb of his grandfather, HM King Alexander I, in the Royal Family’s mausoleum at St. George’s Church in Oplenac.