His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited Banja Luka yesterday on the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the Republic of Srpska. The Crown Prince couple was accompanied by Mr Dusan Babac, Member of the Privy Council of HRH Crown Prince Alexander and General Manager of Royal Palace Fund.
During their visit, the royals met with Mr Milorad Dodik, President of the Republic of Srpska and other political leaders of the region. They also attended a military parade and church service in the Cathedral temple of Christ the Savior in Banja Luka.
After the ceremonies, the Crown Princess visited an orphanage where she handed out Christmas gifts to the children, as well as other humanitarian aid, toys and clothes. Her Royal Highness also visited the Clinical Center of Banja Luka where she delivered humanitarian aid.
“I am very happy to be here today with you in Banja Luka and to have the opportunity to deliver these valuable gifts. This valuable help is a donation from the Lifeline Chicago Humanitarian Organization, which constantly helps Serbian hospitals and children’s homes. My husband, Crown Prince Alexander and I always have hearts filled with joy when we are in Republika Srpska. My foundation and I myself will continue to help children from Republika Srpska with the assistance of our friends from diaspora. I wish you all a happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!”, said Crown Princess Katherine.
When Royal Central spoke with the Crown Princess last summer, the Crown Princess told about her great passion for charity work. To Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen the Crown Princess said:
“We came to Serbia in 1991, and the first medical equipment we gave to the children’s hospital here in Belgrade was 25 years ago. The joy I felt, seeing all those doctors and nurses being thrilled with being given equipment, made me feel that this is just the beginning. This is just the crowning of an opportunity.”
Republika Srpska is a largely autonomous one of two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its capital is Sarajevo; however, the de facto capital and administrative centre is Banja Luka.