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Serbia’s Crown Prince Couple continue their fight for a better Serbia


Photo: Oskar Aanmoen/Royal Central

Serbia’s Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine continue their fight for a better Serbia. Ever since the fall of communism and the royals return, they have tried to correct the mistakes and crimes of communism. The royals have dedicated their lives to raising living standards with a special focus on children, the sick and the most vulnerable.

The year of 2020 is no exception. Serbia’s Crown Prince Couple have begun the New Year with two important initiatives to raise money for Serbia’s poorest people. Through their British section of their charity “Lifeline” they have partnered up with Claridge’s to give you the chance to win some amazing prizes in return for every £20 you donate.

The Crown Princess has a special love for children, which is obviously mutual. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

Those who donate have the chance to win First Prize which is a two-night stay in a luxury suite at Claridge’s in London. Second Prize is a dinner for two at Claridge’s while Third Prize is a champagne afternoon tea for two at Claridge’s. If you want to read more, and maybe donate, you can do so here.

This year, too, the Serbian royals will be holding a charity gala in London. Crown Princess Katherine’s charity organisation “Lifeline” has made this an annual tradition. Funds raised during the dinner will go towards supplying children’s hospitals in Serbia with medical equipment. If you want to read more about the dinner and see how you can help the Serbs, you can do so here.

In November, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were able to deliver 125 wheelchairs to 10 Serbian hospitals. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

The Serbian royal couple have been working for many years to improve the situation of those who need extra support. Last year, they took part in several special events including a charity evening and auction at the University Women’s Club in London to raise funds and awareness for the treatment of children with disabilities in Serbia. 

When Crown Prince Alexander spoke to Royal Central during the charity dinner in 2019, he said: “She [Crown Princess Katherine] is totally dedicated. As you saw, the Serbian Minister of Health was here with us this evening. He was extremely respectful. He is a very good man, working hard. But there has been a great change in Serbia, everything has been modernised. The healthcare system, which is a national one, is improving, but there is much more to be done.”

The Crown Princess has also always taken care of Serbia’s elderly population. Photo: Royal Palace Belgrade.

During her interview with Royal Central in 2018, the Crown Princess said: “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. 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.”

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.