Thursday, October 4, 2012

Service for Prince Paul and family

Belgrade, 4 October 2012 - Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine attended this evening the arrival of the remains of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Paul, Princess Olga, and their son Prince Nicholas.
A Holy Liturgy was officiated by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and the Hierarchs of Serbian Orthodox Church Their Graces Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Vicar Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and Vicar Bishop Andrej of Remesiana at St. Michael's Cathedral in Belgrade.
The three coffins were brought into the Cathedral after the playing of the National Anthem of Serbia "Boze pravde“.
The President of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Serbian Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, Speaker of the House H.E. Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, HRH Prince Alexander (son) and HRH Princess Barbara, HRH Princess Elizabeth (daughter), HRH Princess Linda, HRH Prince George, HRH Prince Michael, HRH Prince Vladimir and HRH Princess Brigitta, Mrs. Catherine Oxenberg (daughter of HRH Princess Elizabeth),as well as ministers from the Serbian government, members of the diplomatic corps, religious and other officials were present at the arrival and during the Cathedral ceremony.
 Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine together with their sons His Royal Highness Hereditary Prince Peter and His Royal Highness Prince Philip will attend the ceremonies that will take place on Saturday, October 6 with other members of the Karadjordjevic Royal Family and distinguished guests at the St George Church at Oplenac, which will be held with full state and religious honours.


Maora JFB said...

I think HRH Princes Alexander & Philipp are Crown Prince's sons but not Princess Katherine's. Their mother is HRH Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, if I remember well.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Rose, you are not remembering well :) Katherine is their stepmother, but largely raised Crown Prince Alexander's three sons, by his first wife, Maria da Gloria of Orleans Braganca. He got custody of the three boys in the divorce.

Prince Alexander, son of Paul, married Maria Pia of Savoy. They have twin sons, Dimitri and Michel. (The second set of twins were fathered by Michel de Bourbon Parma.)

Crown Prince Alexander's press releases usually refer to "their sons"

Unknown said...

Marlene, do you know why the marriage of Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans Braganza broke down? Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Maria da Gloria remarried shortly after the divorce.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Yes. Maria da Gloria was having an affair with the man who became her second husband... and Alexander got custody of their sons in the divorce

Monarchist said...

That's sad. They used to hold hands when they were married and there might be a chance of a restoration of the Serbian monarchy. Well, I guess being married to a potential king doesn't guarantee fidelity. I remember CP Alexander was asked why his first marriage ended in divorce and he was being gracious by telling the reporter that it just didn't work out.

Unknown said...

Marlene, was Maria Pia of Savoy having an affair with Michel de Bourbon Parma? Paternity of Prince Sergius and Princess Helen of Yugoslavia was attributed to Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, although I note that the marriage of Maria Pia and Alexander broke down shortly after the birth of the second set of twins.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Yes. Alexander was their legal father, but not their biological father. Serge looks very much like Prince Michel.