The Serbian Royal Court today released the very first picture of the new member of the Serbian Royal Family, Prince Stefan. The Serbian Royal Court has confirmed to Royal Central that the photo was taken during a photoshoot at 11 am local Serbian time today. The Royal Palace in Belgrade announced on 25 February that Her Royal Highness Princess Danica had given birth to her and her husband, Prince Philip’s first child, a son named Stefan.
The Prince was born in Belgrade on the morning of the 25th at 10:30 am local time. He will be styled His Royal Highness Prince Stefan of Serbia and be third in line to the throne. This male birth was the first one in Serbia in the Royal Family for 90 years when Prince Tomislav was born in Belgrade; he was the brother of His Majesty King Peter II – the grandfather of Prince Philip.
When the Prince was born the bells of St Sava temple rang, as well as the bells of St George Church in Oplenac with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia. In a statement after the birth, the Royal Court said: “The mother and the baby are doing well. The new parents Prince Philip and Princess Danica warmly thank everyone for their congratulations together with TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine.”
Last summer, Royal Central visited Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Kathrine in the Royal Palace of Serbia and talked about their humanitarian work and the possible re-establishing of the monarchy in Serbia. The entire interview can be read here.
Prince Philip is the second child of Crown Prince Alexander and his first wife, Princess Maria da Gloria of Orleans Bragança. He is the second in line to the throne after his older brother, Hereditary Prince Peter. Philip has a fraternal twin, Prince Alexander. Philip and Danica married at Saborna Church in Belgrade on 7 October 2017.
Her Royal Highness Princess Danica was born in 1986 and has lived in Paris since 1992 where she completed her studies. She graduated in graphic design and visual communications at the Academy of Applied Arts in Paris, as well as in the Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies at the Sorbonne-Paris University. In London, the Princess finished her Master of Graphic Design and Communication at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. She spent a large part of her childhood growing up both in Belgrade and Paris.