An estimated 100,000 people gathered in this Montenegrin city Sunday to pay homage to the region's last monarch at a ceremonial reburial 73 years after his exile.
The state funeral for King Nikola Petrovic-Njegos and Queen Milena was the first official recognition by Communist Yugoslavia of the country's royal past.Their remains were brought back to his homeland from Italy Saturday, and the reburial ceremony included pageantry unseen in this former tiny Balkan kingdom since his coronation.
An open-air liturgy at Cetinje's monastery was followed by a colorful procession of Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Moslem clergy through the city's streets.
A ceremonial unit of the former Montenegrin Navy, clad in traditional 17th century uniforms, carried the king's saber and his many medals and marched along with Montenegrins in colorful national costume.
Nikola ruled Montenegro, now the smallest of Yugoslavia's six republics, from 1860 to 1916, when he was forced into exile by advancing Austro-Hungarian troops.
He died in exile in 1921 and his mountain domain was incorporated into the newly established south Slav kingdom by his nephew, Serbian monarch Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.
The nationally televised burial ceremony provided the first chance for many Yugoslavs to see members of the Karadjordjevic family, which reigned until a communist state was established in 1945.