Queen Maria Cristina of Savoy (1812-36), whose husband, King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, ruled the largest of the Italian kingdoms before national unification, was beatified in Naples on 25 January 2014.
TRH the Duke and Duchess of Noto, The Duchess of Calabria, the Duke and Duchess of Castro, the Duke of Capua, the Duchesses of Palermo and Capri, Archduchess Maria and Archduke Simeon of Austria, Princess Ines de Borbon Dos Sicilias de Carelli Palombi, Princess Beatrice de Bourbon-Deux Siciles, Prince Casimiro di Borbone-Due Sicilie and his sons Prince Luigi Alfonso and the Rev Alessandro di Borbone-Due Sicilie, the Duke of Braganza, the Duke and Duchess of Savoy (Amadeo and Silvia), Princess Maria Gabriela of Savoy, Archduke Martin of Austria-Este, Prince Serge of Yugoslavia, Countess Maria Beatrix von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, her daughter Countess Margherita and Prince Manfred of Windisch-Graetz, attended the Beatification and afterwards paid homage at the tomb of the Blessed Queen.
In his homily at the Mass of beatification, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, discussed the queen’s innocence, modesty, and mortification with respect to food and entertainment, as well as her love for the poor and sick. All Christians, the prelate emphasized, are given opportunities to become holy, whatever their state of life.
Following his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis described Queen Maria Cristina as a “woman of deep spirituality and great humility. She was able to bear the suffering of her people, becoming a true mother of the poor,” he added. “Her extraordinary example of charity shows that the good life of the Gospel is possible in every environment and social status.”
The body of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia is to be repatriated to Belgrade after being exhumed from the Royal Burial Ground at Windsor on 26 April 2013. Her body was exhumed on Friday after permission was given by the Queen and the remains transferred from Windsor to a Serbian Orthodox church in London. A memorial service will take place on 28 April in London. Queen Maria’s body will then be flown back to Belgrade, accompanied by her grandson Crown Prince Alexander. The body will then be interred at the Royal mausoleum at Topola. Queen Maria’s son, who died in 1970 and was buried in Illinois, was repatriated from the US in January. King Peter’s wife Queen Alexandra was buried in Athens and her body will be returned in May. Serbia will hold a state funeral for Queen Maria, King Peter II and Queen Alexandra on 26 May. [Source: Telegraph]
The earthly remains of the late King Peter II of Yugoslavia will be transferred to Belgrade, to the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First Called, on Tuesday, 22 January 2013. Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Princes Peter, Philip and Alexander, together with Crown Princess Katherine’s daughter Alison, will wait for their father, grandfather and father in law at the Belgrade Nikola tesla Airport on 2 pm. H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of Serbia and Prof. Dr. Oliver Antic, advisor to the President of Serbia H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic and member of the Committee for transfer of remains of members of the Royal Family, with representatives of the Army of Serbia will also attend the event. His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will serve the requiem for the late King starting on 3 pm, at the St. Andrew the First Called at the Royal Chapel in Dedinje.
La dépouille mortelle de Sa Majesté le défunt Roi Pierre II de Yougoslavie sera transférée à Belgrade, dans la chapelle royale de St. Andrew the First Called le mardi 22 janvier 2013. Leurs Altesses Royales le prince héritier Alexandre, la princesse héritière Katherine, les princes Pierre, Philippe et Alexandre, ainsi que la fille de la princesse héritière Katherine, Alison, attendront leur père, grand-père et beau-père à l’aéroport Nikola Tesla de Belgrade à 14 h 00. Son Excellence M. Ivica Dacic, premier ministre de Serbie et le professeur Oliver Antic, conseiller du président de la Serbie Son Excellence M. Tomislav Nikolic et membre du comité pour le transfert des dépouilles des membres de la famille royale, ainsi que des représentants de l’Armée de Serbie seront également présents. Sa Sainteté le Patriarche Irinej de Serbie délivrera le requiem pour le défunt Roi à partir de 15 h 00 dans la chapelle royale de St. Andrew the First Called à Dedinje.
Source: The Royal Family of Serbia
The king’s remains will be entrusted to the MUP Gendarmes, who will guard them in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Dedinje, Belgrade, until the spring burial at Oplenac. The remains of King Petar II will be laid to rest beside the remains of his ancestors in the Karađorđević dynasty Mausoleum of St. George in Oplenac and a date of the funeral will be announced later.
According to media reports, the king was exhumed last week in Libertyville “almost in secret”, causing dissatisfaction among some members of the Serb diaspora in Illinois, who were not given a chance to pay their respects.
In September last year, the Serbian government decided to establish the organizing committee for the transfer of remains of the Karađorđević family members to the royal family crypt of the St. George Church, appointing Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić as chairman. [Source: B92-News]
King Zog I returns to Albania 51 years after dying in France:
Albania’s Socialist opposition is to boycott Saturday’s interment, accusing the right-wing government of “manipulating” Zog’s controversial heritage for its own political purposes. Zog’s grandson, Prince Leka, serves as a political adviser to Albanian President Bujar Faik Nishani.
King Zog’s remains are due to be placed in a newly built mausoleum for the royal family tomorrow. Albania is currently celebrating the centenary of its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
More details: RFI