On Tuesday, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia met with the President of Greece, His Excellency Prokopis Pavlopoulos. President Pavlopoulos is currently on a state visit to Serbia, and it was in this connection that the meeting took place. The Serbian Royal Family has a strong relationship with Greece. Crown Princess Katherine was born in Greece while His Royal Highness the Crown Prince’s mother, Her Majesty Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia, was born a Princess of Greece and Denmark. Their Royal Highnesses are also good personal friends of President Pavlopoulos.
The Greek–Serbian relations have traditionally been friendly due to cultural, religious and historical similarities. Serbs and Greeks are followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church and were bound by alliance treaties and in wars since the Middle Ages.
On his private Facebook page, His Royal Highness wrote the following about the meeting:
My wife Princess Katherine and I, with great pleasure this morning, met with the Greek President His Excellency Prokopis Pavlopulos during his state visit to Serbia. We are very happy that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos visited Serbia. His Excellency President Pavlopoulos is the godfather to our son David and our grandson Alexander.
On the initiative of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, an important charity event in aid of victims of the tragic Greek fires, occurred in 2007. Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine continued their noble efforts for Greece when they visited the Messinia region and the municipality of Andania to deliver Serbian donations of clothes for children as well as baby equipment to the victims of the forest fires in Greece.
Also, Her Royal Highness has, for many years, helped to assist in the refugee crisis in Greece. In an interview earlier this year with Royal Central, the Crown Princess said: “I am very happy that I have this opportunity. I had parents that taught me the joy of giving, not the joy of taking. And they didn’t just tell me; they lived their life by giving. My father was one of the biggest philanthropists in Greece, and I am very proud of what I learnt from my parents.”