Monday, January 13, 2014

Memorial Service for Princess Margarita of Baden

HRH Princess Margarita of Baden Memorial Service

London, 13 January 2014 – A memorial service for HRH Princess Margarita of Baden formerly married to HRH Prince Tomislav (brother of HM King Peter II) took place yesterday in the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava in London.

Present were Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Princess Katarina (daughter), Victoria de Silva (granddaughter), Prince Ludwig (brother) and Princess Mandi (sister in law) of Baden, His Excellency Serbian Ambassador Dr Ognjen Pribicevic and Mrs Pribicevic.

The memorial service was officiated by the Reverend Fathers Goran Spaic, Milun Kostic, Djordje Cekerovac and Dragan Lazic in the Serbian Orthodox Church of Saint Sava in London.

HRH Princess Margarita of Baden’s funeral took place 24 January 2013 and was attended by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (uncle of HRH Princess Margarita), HM Queen Anna Marie of the Hellenes, HRH Princess Sarvath of Jordan and her two daughters, Prince Max and Princess Valerie of Baden, Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianne ( Mandi) of Baden, Prince Bernhard of Baden and Princess Stephanie, Prince Leopold of Baden, Prince Michael of Baden, Prince Berthold of Baden, Princess Marie Louse of Baden, His Excellency Dr Popovic, Ambassador of Serbia.

HRH Princess Margarita of Baden was a niece of the Duke of Edinburgh and was married HRH Prince Tomislav. Princess Margarita was born at Salem, Germany on July 14 1932, the eldest of three children of Prince Berthold, Margrave of Baden, and his wife, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, a sister of the Duke Edinburgh. Princess Margarita’s father was head of the grand ducal House of Baden and the son of Margrave Max of Baden, who was imperial chancellor of Germany in 1918. It was in London that Princess Margarita met her future husband, Prince Tomislav the second son of King Alexander I, and Queen Maria. The Prince and Princess were married in Schloss Salem, Germany 5 June 1957. HRH Prince Philip attended the wedding, with his mother, Princess Alice. King Simeon of Bulgaria, the Duke of Edinburgh were witnesses at the Serbian Orthodox service and in the presence of HM King Peter II. The Prince and Princess lived in England and had two children, Prince Nicolas, born in 1958, and Princess Katarina, born in 1959, who later was married for some years to Desmond de Silva, QC, PC. Prince Tomislav and Princess Margarita divorced in 1981. Prince Tomislav returned to Serbia in 1991 and died in 2000 in Oplenac and is buried in the crypt of St. George′s Church the Mausoleum of the Royal Family.

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