INDJIJA, SERBIA – On November 8th, the Day of the Liberation of Indjija in World War One, a monument of Her Majesty Queen Maria was unveiled in the park that carries the name of the beloved queen. Inđija is a town and municipality located in the Srem District of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Predrag Markovic, Member of the Crown Council, attended the event as envoy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander.
“I am very happy and proud that a monument to my grandmother Her Majesty Queen Maria is being unveiled on Mitrovdan, the day of the liberation of Indjija in the First World War. (She) was the most beloved Serbian Queen,” Prince Aleksandar said in a letter read by Mr. Markovic. “She was a role model for a devoted and caring wife and mother, as well as a great benefactor who left many endowments which even today serve for the benefit of our homeland and our people. She was also very active in the Red Cross during the most difficult times of the Second World War.”
The Prince spoke of how he remembers people approaching him when he unwantedly lived far away from Serbia. “(They would tell) me how they were prisoners of war during World War II, and how it gave them strength when they received a package signed by Marija K. Djordjevic. They knew very well from whom this help came. My wife, HRH Crown Princess Katherine, proudly continues the wonderful tradition of the Royal Family’s humanitarian work, which was started by Queen Maria.”
Vladimir Gak, President of the Municipality of Indjija, said, “The Municipality of Indjija is very dedicated to preserving the memory of historical events and Serbian historical figures who showed great love for their homeland with their acts. Queen Maria Karadjordjevic long ago deserved to be honored for everything she had done for the Serbian people. By unveiling this monument, we are writing a new page in the history of the Municipality of Indjija and leaving an eternal trace of the existence of a woman, mother, and Serbian Queen who loved her people and her country.”
This sculpture is the first statue of Queen Maria in Serbia and it is a result of the hard and dedicated work of the Committee for the building of the monument of Queen Maria, who started this initiative and successfully saw it through to completion.