Last Sunday was the 59th anniversary of the death of Her Majesty Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, her grandson His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander issued a statement to commemorate the death of his grandmother.
Crown Prince Alexander’s statement:
“A sad anniversary for my family and me. It has been almost six decades since my grandmother Her Majesty Queen Maria passed away. It was a great loss for my family and me, as well as for the entire Serbian people and all the people in the Balkans. She was appreciated and respected throughout the world, and her humanitarian work is widely known. On this sad day, I am consoled by the fact that the lifelong wish of my great-grandfather King Peter I was fulfilled and that today the Queen Mother, like all descendants of the Karadjordjevics, rests in peace in her Serbia, in Oplenac. Eternal glory to you, dear grandmother.”
Queen Maria was the daughter of King Ferdinand of Romania and Queen Marie of Romania. Queen Marie was the daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, a son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Queen Maria was born in Thuringia in Germany on 6 January 1900. Her Majesty married King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in Belgrade 8 June 1922 and they had three sons; Crown Prince Peter, later King Peter II and father of Crown Prince Alexander II, as well as Prince Tomislav and Prince Andrej.
Queen Maria was loved very much by the Serbian people. She was the role model of a devoted and caring wife and mother. She was very much engaged in humanitarian work. After the assassination of King Alexander in Marseilles 9 October 1934, she continued to care for her sons and became the Queen Mother.
Queen Maria was very active with the Red Cross during World War II and sent a lot of humanitarian aid to Yugoslavia, but always signed herself with the alias Maria K. Djordjevic.
Queen Maria lived modestly in England after World War II. General Charles de Gaulle decorated her with the Great Cross of the Legion of Honour in 1959. The Queen passed away on 22 June 1961 in London and was buried at the Royal Cemetery in Frogmore in Windsor. Her remains were transferred to Serbia on 29 April 2013, and she was buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Oplenac during a State funeral on 26 May 2013.