The Serbian capital city was a site of an historic event of immense importance in Serbian, as well as in wider perspective, upon the Day of Saint Martyr Polyeuctus and Saint Filip of Moscow, 9.(22) January 2013. AD.
This was the day of the final return of His Majesty King Petar II Karageorgevich of Yugoslavia to his home and his Kin, after 72 years of his exile, as well as the day, when this great victim and Ruler of ours, has in the face of all, been undoubtedly revealed as a great and genuine persecuted one ''because of righteousness'' (Matthew 5:10).
At The Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, the earthly remains of His Majesty were greeted by his son, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia; his grandsons, His Royal Highness Hereditary Prince Petar Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia, His Royal Highness Prince Filip Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia and His Royal Highness Prince Aleksandar Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia; his daughter in law, Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia; His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop of Hvosno k.k. Atanasije (Rakita), His Excellency Mr Ivitsa Dachich, The Prime Minister of The Government of Serbia, Prof.Dr Oliver Antich, The Legal Advisor and Envoy of The President of Serbia and other State and Military officials.
The earthly remains of our great Deceased and his entourage were welcomed at the Royal Palace complex, at The Royal Chapel of Saint Apostle Andrew The First-Called, by His Holiness Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovtsi and Serbian Patriarch K.K. Irinej, who immediately afterwards, officiated at the Requiem Service, with the concelebration of His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop of Budimlje and Nikshich k.k. Joanikije (Michovich); His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop of Remesiana k.k. Andrej (Chilerdzich); The Very Reverend Protopresbyter-stavrophor Savo B. Jovich, The Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of The Serbian Orthodox Church; The Very Reverend Protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoj Panich, Dean of the Memorial Temple of Saint Sava at Vrachar; The Very Reverend Protodeacon Stevan Rapajich, Secretary of The Ecclesiastical Court and The Office of His Holiness The Serbian Patriarch and The Reverend Deacon Vladimir Rumenich.
After the Service, the geathered Members of The Royal Family, representatives of The State Authorities, members of the advisory bodies of The Crown and representatives of The Church and other religious communities in Serbia, were addressed with appropriate words by His Holiness Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovtsi and Serbian Patriarch K.K. Irinej, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia, His Excellency Mr Ivitsa Dachich, The Prime Minister of The Government of Serbia and Prof.Dr Oliver Antich, The Legal Advisor and Envoy of The President of Serbia.
The Ceremony was expertly directed by Dipl.Ing.Arch. Dragomir Atzovich BO1, The Chief Herald of The Royal House of Serbia and Chairman of The Privy Council, with the great help of Mr Bojan Starchevich, The Sexton of The Royal Court Chapel and The President of The Kingdom of Serbia Association; Mr Miroslav Zhivkovich, The Director of The Historical Museum of Serbia (in which The Serbian Royal Regalia are kept), other members of the advisory bodies of The Crown and officers of The Royal Court, as well as our Associate, Prof. Ljubodrag Lj. Grujich, The Heraldic Artist of The Royal House of Serbia and of our Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.
After the Solemn part of the event, an appropriate reception was held the at The Royal Court, during which His Holiness gave the following, very important, public statement: ''My oppionion is such, as is that of our Church: ''God is in Heaven, and The King on Earth''. Serbia lacks a King, Emperor or King, in a sense as the English now have The Queen, some kind of a parliamentary Monarchy, where The King will be the unifier of people, parties... Everything great and enduring that Serbia has acomplished was made with The King, either with The Nemanjichs, or from the beginning of Karageorge. It was all made and accomplished by the People with their King and they are accustomed to that. We have seen this in the times of Broz. He was not a King, but he was an ''emperor''. So, if some kind of a parliamentary Monarchy would be established, it would be very useful for Serbia. It is a part of it’s tradition and it’s history and I think this is something very useful.''
Among a very small number of guests who attended this Solemn Royal event, full of emotional charge and deep historical significance, in The Royal Chapel and The Royal Palace, in addition to Prof. Grujich, as a representative of The Center for Research of Orthodox Monarchism was The Reverend Deacon Hadzi Nenad M. Jovanovich, The Herald of The Princely Branch of The Serbian Royal House of Karageorgevich and The Charman of our Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.
Our Center and it’s Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies gave a modest contribution to this great event, upon the invitation of The Office of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar!
Namely, for the purposes of this sad-joyful Royal Ceremony, our experts have rendered the Royal Standard of The King of Yugoslavia, with which the coffin of our last King was draped, as well as his Royal Monogram, with which the vehicle, which transported his remains from Belgrade Airport to the Royal Palace in Dedinje, was aptly marked.
In the execution of this important Royal heraldic and vexilological project, a special contribution was given by our esteemed Associate, Ing. Srechko M. Nikitovich, The Heraldic Artist of our Board for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, with the generous help of Prof. Ljubodrag Lj. Grujich and The Reverend Deacon Hadzi Nenad M. Jovanovich.
We specially emphasize that, although this project was acomplished at the request and initiative of The Office of The Royal Court, it is our great honor that the same was specifically approved personally by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar Karageorgevich of Serbia and Yugoslavia, who was fully aware of it and stood with his Royal authority behind it, for which we are extremely grateful.
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