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Serbia’s Crown Prince and Princess send support to Serbians in Kosovo


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

The humanitarian organization of Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia has just donated large quantities of goods to the needy in Kosovo and Metohija. “The Kingdom of Serbia Association”, whose patron is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, delivered aid packages to the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, worth 18.000 US Dollars over the past weekend. Assistance to vulnerable families in the municipality of Ranilug and the soup kitchen in Gjilan, was provided by Crown Princess Katherine’s Foundation, Lifeline.

There are around 96,000 Serbs living in Kosovo as of 2014 and about 3/4 of them live in North Kosovo. Other Serb communities live in southern Kosovo and, after Kosovo Albanians, they form the second largest ethnic community in Kosovo.

Aid packages for the families consist of basic food including flour, oil, sugar, salt, pasta, rice, beans, canned food and teas, as well as hygiene products, laundry detergent and shampoo. Vulnerable families in this Kosovo municipality were also provided with blankets, hats, scarves and socks, to help them during the cold winter. Each family also received a package of protective masks as well as dry hand washing gels.

In addition, the children from vulnerable families got backpacks with school supplies, notebooks, pencils, crayons and hygiene packages containing soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as dry hand washing gel. The Crown Princess Katherine’s Foundation and Lifeline Chicago also provided sweets packages for children, as well as plush toys for the youngest. The local soup kitchen was provided with a large amount of basic groceries that they needed.

Throughout the pandemic, the Serbian royals have done their utmost to raise money for the Serbian health care system, and they have donated medical supplies several times over the last few months. 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 HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation, works to collect money for medical equipment that has been delivered to numerous hospitals in Serbia.

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.