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Female Rulers and Wives

  • Location: The Residence of Princess Ljubica, Kneza Sime Markovića 8
  • Date: June 14 - September 2, 2018
  • Organisation:

    Belgrade City Museum and Museum Night

  • Impressum:

    Angelina Banković, author of exhibiton 

The exhibition represented the biographical data and interesting facts from the lives of the Serbian rulers’ wives, from the dynasties of Obrenović and Karađorđević.

The chosen wives were those of the Serbian rulers, as well as, those from Yugoslavia, from the period after the Second Serbian Uprising, and liberation from the Turks. The rulers in question were four from the dynasty Obrenović, and three from Karađorđević family. The Obrenović’s wives were: Princess Ljubica Obrenović, spouse of Prince Miloš; Princess Julija Obrenović, spouse of Prince Mihailo; Princess Natalija Obrenović who had become the Queen, spouse of King Milan; and Queen Draga, the last of the Obrenović dynasty, spouse of King Aleksandar.

Female rulers from the house of Karađorđević were Persida Karađorđević, spouse of Prince Aleksandar, and the only Yugoslav Queen, Marija, spouse of King Aleksandar Karađorđević; Princess Zorka, spouse of Petar I Karađorđević, the daughter of Montenegrin King Nikola Petrović, died in 1890, 14 years before her husband had become the King of Serbia, which is why she was not included in the exhibition.

With the help of the abundant photographic materials, as weel as, personal objects from the every-day life of those women, the visitors are introduced to their personal stories. We wanted to portray them as ordinary women, which they were, with their daily pleasures, needs, and problems. That is why their stories are about the lives they have led before the marriage, about their sometimes happy and sometimes unhappy marriages, about their children, and their role in the political life of Serbia. In short, the stories are about everything which represents the life of a wife and a mother, who is in addition a wife of the ruler.