Belgrade, Serbia - His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander hosted a dinner at the White Palace in honor of the arch-hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church participating in the regular Church Assembly.
The dinner was attended by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej along with Metropolitans and Bishops of the Church. Also in attendance were Prof. Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Serbian Government Director for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities, and members of the advisory bodies to the Crown.
"I am very glad that we gathered at the White Palace for dinner as we do every year," said Crown Prince Alexander. "This dinner is in honor of His Holiness the Patriarch of Serbia and the members of the Holy Assembly of Bishops. This has become a traditional event that should be cherished because it gives an example of unity and cooperation for the common good. The Church and the Crown are the two institutions in our country that bring stability."
The Prince added that he felt that last year was even "more special since our Patriarch officiated the wedding of my son Philip and Princess Danica, and the bells of St. Sava temple rang as the main and official sign of the birth of Prince Stefan. May God bless all our people and our country."
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej thanked Prince Alexander for the hospitality and wished good luck to the Royal Family, as well as peace, justice, and salvation to all people of good will.