Friday last week, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted a dinner for the representatives of the diplomatic corps at the White Palace in Belgrade. This has become an annual tradition where Serbia’s royals host many of the foreign diplomats in Serbia.
Every year, members of diplomatic missions present their national dishes and drinks, as well as the other practices specific to the regions from where they come. Crown Prince Alexander welcomed the guests and added that the annual dinner is like “a journey around the world in miniature”.
This year’s dinner was attended by the ambassadors from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Venezuela, Argentina, Sri Lanka as well as representatives of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development.
The attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy Serbian folk dances and to visit the recently opened exhibition “His Majesty King Alexander I – Diplomacy of the Unifier” marking 85th anniversary of his death.
Royal couscous, followed by traditional sweets from Morocco, Patritsio from Cyprus, Lamb with vegetables from Algeria and Sous Vide Maple Salmon from Canada are just some of the specialities that were served. After dinner, the guests had the opportunity to taste “Bean and Leaf” espresso, filter and homemade coffee, brewed from the best grains.
The White Palace, also named Beli Dvor, is located within the same complex as the Royal Palace, and it was commissioned by King Alexander I. The White Palace was also built with the private funds of King Alexander I and took almost four years to finish (1934-1937). The ground floor of this classicistic palace houses a large hall and a number of drawing rooms furnished in the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI.