Following the news of their engagement in July, Prince Philip of Serbia and his graphic designer fiancée Danica Marinkovic tied the knot in a ceremony at Belgrade’s main cathedral this weekend.
The bride, who is the daughter of prominent Serbian painter Cile Marinkovic, wore a full-length gown by Serbian-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic, the royal family confirmed in a statement.
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The wedding was performed by the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, and was attended by many public figures, including Queen Sofia of Spain and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
Following the traditional ceremony, a reception and dinner was held at the nearby White Palace within the Royal Palace grounds, where Prince Philip addressed guests. They were treated to traditional dance performances, live music and a tiered wedding cake by local baker Sladjana Todorovic.
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“Danica and I thank you all for being with us on the most beautiful day of our lives so far,” the groom said in a speech. “We are so happy to share the joy of this moment with you. We thank our parents for organizing this magnificent celebration for us here at the White palace. And above all, thank you Dana for all your love and making for making me the happiest man in the world.”
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Philip, 35, is one of the sons of Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, the heir to Serbia’s now-defunct throne. The royal family ruled Yugoslavia until communists took power after World War II and abolished the monarchy. Exiled during WWII, the family returned to Serbia after 2000.
Princess Danica, 30, was born in Belgrade but has lived in Paris since 1992, where she graduated in graphic design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Slavic Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She completed her Master of Graphic Design at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
Additional reporting from Associated Press.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK