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Crown Princess Katherine opens “Winter Children’s Ball”

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia opened the very first “Winter Children’s Ball” on Saturday. The ball is a humanitarian cultural event organised by the Little Theatre “Dusko Radovic” and the Ministry of Defence Art Ensemble “Stanislav Binicki” in collaboration with the Princess Katherine Foundation in Serbia.

“The rules of good behaviour and the joy of giving are virtues that we should convey to our youngest by our example, so the “Winter Children’s Ball” was an opportunity to collect donations, that the children donated during the Ball and in return received a symbolic gift for their good deeds. All revenue, in cooperation with the Princess Katherine Foundation, will be donated to Serbia’s most vulnerable children”, said Her Royal Highness during the opening of the event.

Her Royal Highness during the ball. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

Princess Katherine thanked the organisers for choosing the Princess Katherine Foundation as an associate and then addressed them, saying: “When I was little, I asked my mom what she wanted me to be when I grew up. Mom told me to be a good example. I have dedicated my life to helping others, and especially you, our wonderful children. Stay so joyful and good. The ball is open!”

The music, drama and dance programme of the ball ceremony was performed by the Ministry of Defence Art Ensemble “Stanislav Binicki”, the Ballet of the Young, opera singer Marija Jelic and the actors of the “Dusko Radovic” Little Theatre. The children had the opportunity to learn dances such as minuet, waltz, polka, laendler, can-can and kolo.

The Crown Princess has throughout her life worked for Serbian children to have a better life. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

When Royal Central talked to HRH Crown Princess Kathrine of Serbia in 2017, she 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. They prepared me for my role without knowing what my future would be. I was very young, and when you learn the joy of giving when you are young, you never forget it. I prayed to God for an opportunity to give of myself since that is happiness, and God gave me Alexander and a whole country. So when you pray, you have to make sure that is what you want.”

The Serbian royal couple has, for many years, been working to improve the situation of people who have a difficult time. In 1993, Crown Princess Katherine founded the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation which currently has offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London and Athens. This organisation, together with the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation, works to collect money for medical equipment that has been delivered to numerous hospitals in Serbia.

If you want to read more about the Crown Princess Katherine Foundation and the Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation, you can do so here.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.