Last week, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia attended the opening of the exhibition ‘Together We Win“ about American-Serbian friendship, organized on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Serbian Day. The annual celebration of Serbian Day was first organised in the United States of America on 28 July 1918.
The exhibition was officially opened by Her Excellency Maja Gojković, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, with the audience also being addressed by His Excellency Kyle Scott, the American Ambassador in Serbia and Vladimir Ceh, the head of the exhibition.
The Serbian flag was raised on the White House roof in 1918, and the scientist Mihajlo Pupin, who was the honorary consul at that time, as well as a friend of President Woodrow Wilson, played a major role in this act. In support of the Serbian people and it’s heroism, the President of the United States declared Serbian Day on the fourth anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia, 28 July 1918.
The Serbian Royal Family has a close relationship with the USA. Following the second world war, His Majesty King Peter, Crown Prince Alexander’s father, was not allowed to return to his home country.
Thereafter, he settled in the United States. After many years of suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, he died in Denver, Colorado, in 1970. He was interred in Saint Sava Monastery Church at Libertyville, Illinois, as the only European monarch so far to have been buried in the United States.
Crown Prince Alexander also has a close personal relationship with the United States. Earlier this year Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia attended an event at Mara Lago in Florida together with President Trump. During this visit, Their Royal Highnesses also saw met parents of First Lady Melania Trump, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, whom they are good friends with.