Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia celebrated International Woman’s Day, although with some sadness due to the fact that the traditional Ladies Lunch will not be taking place this year at the Royal Palace in Belgrade.
Her Royal Highness said: “In previous years, I had the pleasure to host many wonderful ladies at the Royal Palace:
“The President’s wife, lady ministers, the wives of senior Serbian officials, lady ambassadors, representatives of national and international organisations in Serbia and other distinguished ladies. The White Palace was full of joy, energy, and new ideas that we exchanged.
“Unfortunately, this year is different due to the pandemic. We cannot physically meet, but we continue to cooperate and lead our society forward. During these challenging times, in which the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is the main task of society all over the world, and the preservation of health is a priority of everyone, it is important that we unite and persevere in this fight.”
The Serbian Crown Princess continued: “I am so proud of all our doctors, nurses, and all medical staff in the heroic fight who risk their lives every day to help others.
“I am also proud of all the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives who helped their families, neighbours, friends and who are united in these difficult times to overcome these moments together.
“My dear ladies, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones, be healthy, safe and continue to love life and give of yourself to those in need of support as much as possible.”
Crown Princess Katherine was born in Athens, Greece 13 November 1943 as the daughter of Robert and Anna Batis. Crown Princess Katherine met Crown Prince Alexander in Washington DC in 1984 and they were married in London 21 September 1985. Princess Katherine’s charitable activities have been plentiful, especially since the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Princess Katherine is the Patron of several humanitarian organizations including Lifeline Humanitarian Organisation with offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London and Athens.