A grandson of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, Prince Mihailo (Michael) Karadjordjevic is preparing to wed in a Serbian church after he and his wife were married in a civil ceremony in London. The wedding will take place on 23 October, this Sunday, at St George’s Church in Topola in central Serbia. The church also houses the mausoleum of the House of Karađorđević. The reception will take place at the White Palace, which is the residence of Crown Prince Alexander.
Prince Michael is the son of the late Prince Tomislav and Princess Linda (nee Bonney), who was British. He has an elder brother, George and two elder half-siblings from his father’s first marriage to Princess Margarita of Baden. He was born in London on 15 December 1985. He returned to Serbia when he was in his twenties and soon moved there permanently. He told Serbian newspaper Svet, he “fell in love with this country, our people and the spirit we have”. Prince Michael’s wife is Ljubica Ljubisavljevic, who holds a BA from Belgrade University’s pharmacy faculty.
The White Palace has announced that there will be guests from both Serbia and abroad. A British royal is supposedly to attend the event as well, which would make this the second British royal visit to Serbia this year. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Belgrade in March. The first British royals to visit Belgrade where the then Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1923. They visited for the christening of King Alexander’s first child, Peter (later King Peter II) and for the marriage of Prince Paul to Olga of Greece. The Duchess of York acted as godmother for Peter.
The last royal wedding in Serbia was in 1995 when Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein and Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia had their religious ceremony at St. George’s Church 22 years after their civil marriage in Paris.