Anointing of King Peter I in the Žiča Monastery, October 19, 1904

The second of the three preserved postcards related to the anointing of King Peter I Karađorđević in Žiča, refers to the moment when the anointed ruler left the church. King Peter comes out with all the royal insignia: with a crown on his head, a scepter in his right hand and a ball (pattern) in his left hand, while he is clad in a velvet and silk cloak, decorated with gold embroidery, surrounded by ermine fur and buttoned with a ceremonial button. Since the cloak is 11 meters long, its ends are held by two officers. King Peter I is the only modern ruler who took the crown (his successors, kings Alexander I and Peter II were not crowned, nor were his predecessors Obrenović). The insignia for King Peter were specially made, according to the designs of the architect Mihailo Valtrović, and consecrated in the Cathedral, before the coronation. During the First World War, the crown was kept in the Prizren Seminary, and during the Second World War, it was kept in the Žiča Monastery. Today, all of Karađorđević’s insignia are kept in the Historical Museum of Serbia.

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