Princess Zorka of Montenegro

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Princess Zorka
Princess Zorka of Montenegro.jpg
Born (1864-12-23)23 December 1864
Cetinje, Montenegro
Died 16 March 1890(1890-03-16) (aged 25)
Cetinje, Montenegro
Burial St. George's Church, Topola, Serbia
Spouse Prince Peter Karađorđević
Issue Helen, Princess of Russia
Princess Milena
George, Crown Prince of Serbia
Alexander I of Yugoslavia
Prince Andrew
Full name
Ljubica Petrović-Njegoš
House Petrović-Njegoš
Father Nicholas I of Montenegro
Mother Milena Vukotić

Princess Ljubica of Montenegro (Montenegrin Cyrillic: Љубица Петровић-Његош; 23 December 1864 – 16 March 1890), later Princess Zorka Karađorđević in Serbia.

She was the eldest child of the Montenegrin monarch Nicholas I and Milena Vukotić, and the wife of prince Peter Karađorđević, who would become King of Serbia in 1903, thirteen years after her death.

Life

Born in Cetinje, Montenegro at the time when her father was already the reigning Prince of Montenegro (his uncle Danilo II Petrović-Njegoš having died in 1860). She had eight younger sisters and three younger brothers. Zorka was educated in Russia before returning to Montenegro to be engaged to Karađorđević. Zorka's sister Elena married the future King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.

Marriage and children

Described as "exuberant" by one commentator, Zorka married Peter in Cetinje on 1 August 1883 in an Orthodox ceremony.[1]

They had five children:

Zorka died aged just 25 on 16 March 1890 in Cetinje during childbirth and was buried in the St. George's Church in Topola, Serbia.

Monument

The first monument for a woman in Serbia was erected for Zorka on 3 June 1926. The monument, a work of sculptor Stamenko Đurđević, was funded by the Duchess Zorka Society and was located on the Big Kalemegdan. The monument was removed and probably destroyed after World War II. The gypsum model of the monument has survived and is housed in the History Museum of Serbia.[2].

References

  1. ^ The Times, "Montenegro", 13 August 1883.
  2. ^ Mučibabić, D. (2013-06-14). "Search for the lost sculptures from Belgrade fortress". Politika. Retrieved 2016-12-28.

External links

  • Royal Mausoleum Oplenac
  • The Njegoskij Fund Public Project : Private family archives-based digital documentary fund focused on history and culture of Royal Montenegro.
  • Crnogorska princeza Zorka
  • Crnogorske princeze
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