ROYAL NEWS: CHRISTMAS RECEPTIONS

BELGRADE – On December 9, 2021,  Christmas gifts destined for children in Serbia and the Republic of Srpska, provided by donations to Lifeline Humanitarian Organization of Chicago, HRH Crown Princess Katherine, patron, arrived at the Royal Compound. The generous donors and benefactors of Lifeline Chicago and its board members made it possible again this year for children to feel the joy and love of Christmas and the holiday season.

The 20th traditional Christmas in-person receptions for children without parental care at the White Palace could not take place this year.“Their Royal Highnesses are very saddened that the traditional annual receptions where they personally greet and distribute gifts to the children were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,“  we were told. But, thanks to The HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade, 435 boxes of gifts, including clothing, shoes, toys, hygiene bags, and school supplies were delivered to orphanages, day-care centers for children with special needs, women’s shelters, and many other institutions in Serbia and in the Republic of Srpska. “There is nothing in the world more precious than a smile on the face of a child,“ says Princess Katherine.

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNICEF

ATHENS, GREECE – HRH Crown Princess Katherine attended the solemn celebration of the 75th Anniversary of UNICEF, which took place on Saturday, December 11 at Zappeion Megaron in Athens. It marked 75 years of partnership and promoting the rights of children around the world.

Also present were President of the Hellenic Republic, HE Mrs. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the Goodwill Ambassador of Unesco, HE Mrs. Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, representatives of United Nations Offices in Greece, Ambassadors of EU Member States, and many esteemed members of the Greek Parliament. Princess Katherine said she was very happy to be at the important jubilee of one of the most significant organizations in the world, adding that the efforts of offices of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization in Chicago, Toronto, New York, London, and Athens, under Her patronage, and Her Foundation in Belgrade, Serbia, are substantially devoted to helping children. She called on people to do whatever possible to provide for the little ones, saying, “Without children, there is no future.”   

SREĆNA SLAVA

LONDON – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine marked their Patron Saint Day, Krsna Slava, St. Andrew the First-Called in London in the church of Saint Sava on December 13. The church service and cutting of the Kolac were performed by Rev. Goran Spaic and Rev. Dragan Lazic.

“Slava is one of the most important Serbian customs, and one of the most important days in the year for each Serbian Orthodox family. Although due to obligations abroad we were not at home and we were not able, as in previous years, to cut the Slava bread in the Blue Salon of the Royal Palace and be at the Royal Chapel of St. Andrew the First-Called together with His Holiness the Patriarch, Crown Princess Katherine and I today, respecting our tradition, celebrated our Patron Saint’s Day in London. Celebrating Slava is an opportunity to gather family and friends. We pray to Saint Andrew the First-Called the First Apostle of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, to give us the strength to overcome these challenging times, to ask the Lord for blessings for all the people of the world and to give us the strength to continue the tradition of our ancestors and pass on the legacy to future generations. We are sending our prayers for the well-being and progress of our homeland, our people and our family. I am very grateful to dear fathers Goran and Dragan for being with us today,” said HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

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