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DEJANA

When I saw a girl, Dejana, on Christmas, and when I gave her a present, I was told that she would be able to play with it only for a week. I asked why, and was told that it was the time she had left to live. She is 5 and a half years old. I saw her mother in the corner, crying. I told her: “Do not worry. We will help your child get better”. At that moment I felt very responsible, because I had given her hope. I had to do something. I called a doctor from Switzerland and he found a new heart valve. I called everyone I knew, and I asked them if they had ever saved someone’s life. I told them that I was giving them the chance. I found a plane in an hour. The doctor came at 8 p.m. and went to the hospital at Tirsova Street, straight from the airport. Then he came to the Palace, slept for a few hours, and, at 5 a.m. he operated on her, with a team of our doctors and nurses. He had saved her life. We had all saved her life, together, because we were dedicated. My husband and I will never stop fighting for the benefit of the people.

THE JOY OF GIVING

I am very proud of the Foundation for Education and Culture, which was founded by my husband. He manages to gain scholarships from all over the world, for our young people here in Serbia. He is preparing young people for the future. It is very important for our students to have friends in the world. My husband is very proud of the young people in our country and so am I.

CALLS (FOR HELP)

I am concerned for the elderly. We do not have enough institutions for them, and they need a lot of care. I am concerned about the people, who are ill, and to whom prayers are not enough, and who have nobody close to them to help them. I am trying to open some Centers. It is not pleasant to see people who are nearing the end of their lives, to face a sad ending. I get many, many letters of people asking for help.

WITH MRS. BLAIR

The mission of my husband and me is to lobby worldwide for Serbia. We meet Royalty and Presidents, and we are asking the investors to come and invest in our country. We try to show who the Serbs really are. Two months ago, I was in Paris. I was invited by the Queen of Sweden and the First Lady of France Mrs. Chirac, for a conference about children who have been used and abused. I had the opportunity to talk about the situation in Serbia with Mrs. Putin, Mrs. Barroso, the Queen of Belgium, the Queen of Sweden, to Mrs. Laura Bush. I had lunch with Mrs. Blair. We must be above politics and try to improve the lives of everyone in this country.

BIRTHDAY FOR 3,500 GUESTS

We take part in all important holidays of the English royal family. My husband’s Godfather was a King, and my husband’s best man was another King. Through weddings of the past generations, we are related to other Royal Families. He is very respected and loved in these circles. For his 50th birthday, we had guests from all over the world. It was celebrated in Claridge’s hotel in London, where he was born. There were 100 members of Royal Families and 300 guests from all over the world, including many millionaires who gave solid help to Serbia. When he was asked what he would wish for his 60th birthday, he said that his wish was to be home. That was very touching. My husband brings credibility to our country. People are not afraid to invest because they know he is here. We have collected millions with the help of our friends. There is not a single hospital in Serbia that has not received at least one donation. At a charity dinner in Athens we collected a million euros in one night alone, for the neonatal units in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, and Kragujevac. Four ministers from the Greek Government were present at that dinner. It cost 10,000 euros per pair, per dinner. Nobody has ever managed to do a similar event in Greece, until then. We did that for our Serbian babies. The people, who were there, did it only because they trusted us and our story. We must help one another.

BIOGRAPHY

Princess Katherine was born in Athens, on 13 November 1943 to father Robert and mother Anna Batis. She got her education in Athens and Lausanne, and she studied business at the University of Denver in Colorado, and at the University of Dallas in Texas. She was into business for a few years, in the United States. From her first marriage she has a son David and a daughter Alison. She got married to Crown Prince Alexander in London, on 21 September 1985. Princess Katherine is patron of many humanitarian organizations. She speaks Greek, English, and French, uses Spanish and is learning Serbian.

Written By Nevena Erac

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BLIC , 22 APRIL 2007

CONFESSION: KATHERINE KARADJORDJEVIC- THIS IS MY HOMELAND

My mother told me and my sister that female children do not have a country of their own, but that they get it once they get married. Meeting my husband was God’s will. I consider meeting my husband to be God’s will and I believe in faith. We were introduced by our mutual friends from Greece, in Washington. They invited us to lunch and we were seated next to each other. Our friends thought that we would get along well. We instantly felt a mutual attraction and it was very pleasant. I was a little nervous in the beginning. It was a little scary for me - he being a Prince says Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic for BLIC.

FAMILY

It was a very special moment in my life. I am extremely glad that he has 3 sons who came to live with us. The twins were 18 months old at the time, and Peter was 3 and a half years old. I helped to raise them and I am proud of it. I tried to be a support to them. It is important to have self-confidence. My parents had given that to me, and I think it is the biggest gift that parents can give to their children – to have self-respect.

PREVIOUS MARIAGE

I have 2 children from my previous marriage – a son and a daughter. My daughter married the same year as I did, although a few months earlier, and now she has 4 children. This year, my 3 grand children will be at University – two young women and a young man. One of my grandchildren, who is now a sophomore in college, is visiting us in Serbia right now. I have another grandson, from my daughter, who is 15 years old. My son married 2 years ago to a Greek lady and they live in Greece. My children took my marriage very well. My grandchildren and Alexander’s boys grew up together, because the age difference between them is only 2-3 years apart. We spent holidays together and we have a million of memories that we share. If we can’t unite families, we can’t unite countries, either.

CHILDHOOD IN ATHENS

I was born in Athens and have a sister who is 3 and half years older than me. I grew up in high society. My father worked in the textile business; he owned a factory which employed a thousand people and he always cared for every one of them. He helped people, mostly workers at the factory. When they worked together as a football team would, they were the best. My mother was just a mother and that is why I have learned so much from her. My mother told me and my sister that female children do not have a country of their own, but that they get it once they get married. It is not important to have just the education and the looks, but also to have happiness (good fortune). I remember earthquakes in Greece and other misfortunes. My mother collected children in buses and always cared to provide them a safe heaven in specialized institutions. Our family participated in all events of the country and we helped many people. It is the people that make a country. I was 15 years old when I went to a school in Switzerland. I was only 15 minutes away from my husband Alexander, but destiny did not want us to meet at that time. Besides, we were also too young. It was astonishing when we discovered many years later, that, at the time, we were so close to each other.

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

I came back to Athens at the age of 18, and married the following year. I had my first child there and we went to America. After 20 years of marriage and 2 children, I got divorced. Then I met my husband, I married again and it has been 20 years that I am happy, happier than ever before. I do not have any regrets, because one learns from life, out of every experience. I have two wonderful children from my first marriage, and 3 sons from my second marriage, as I consider them just like my children. A mother is not just a person who brings children to life, but also a person who raises them. Many think that the boys are our children. We had a baby sitter, who was with us for a year, and she understood it only after a year, and then she cried. She could not understand it. The boys called me “mommy” and I always respected their mother and I let them know it. I told them that they were very happy to have two moms. We are one big family. They always knew that I was not their real mother, because we made sure that they spent every Easter, Christmas, holiday with her. I was not there to replace her, I was there to love them and give them what they needed. Nobody can replace anybody and there is no need for it.

STRUGGLE FOR LIFE

When you learn to give, it becomes like the oxygen, and when you are not helping others, you do not feel well. People in our country need to know to ask and request. Many feel that they should get something without asking for it, because they are proud people. I understand that, but everything has limits. After a war, every country has a lot of needs. This is normal. We lack things, not because we were not good, but because we had to endure a lot of hard times.

SERBIAN LANGUAGE

The first word that I learned in Serbian was “Ne” (English - “No”), which in Greek means exactly the opposite – “Yes”. When the meaning was explained to me, I realized the kind of problem I was in. I love everything in this country, but I am having trouble with the language. My biggest problem is that I do not have the time to learn it, because I try to help in other ways.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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To see photos of this wonderful event please see

http://www.royalfamily.org/events/2007/mart/14/photo_story.htm

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LITTLE DEJANA COMES TO THE PALACE

Belgrade, 14TH March 2007 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine in the presence of Prof. Dr. Ida Jovanovic warmly received little Dejana Krajacic and her parents and sister at The Royal Palace.

In December 2006, little Dejana contracted a heart infection which hit the aorta and critically damaged the left heart valve. The disease was diagnosed in Sombor, where Dejana was initially treated, and she was immediately transferred to the University Children’s Hospital in Belgrade where she was treated with the highest doses of antibiotics. The infection was spreading fast and the threat of complications was increasing every minute. She desperately needed a new valve in her heart.

When Princess Katherine met Dejana on Christmas day while visiting the children’s hospital she had only a few days left in her life. Her situation was serious.

Deeply touched with her condition Princess Katherine made an urgent appeal and brought one of the world’s top heart surgeons Dr. Afkendios Kalangos in an emergency private aircraft to Belgrade.

Dejana was successfully operated on 19 January and after two weeks she fully recovered and was released from the hospital.

“I can’t express the joy that I feel when I see Dejana alive and well here with us today. This is one of the best days in my life. Life is very precious and saving a life is a very emotional thing. I knew that little Dejana had to survive and I was determined to save her life. I warmly thank Dr. Kalangos, Dr. Ida Jovanovic and everyone at the Tirshova Hospital; it was a great team working together. I wish little Dejana and her family all the very best, they will always be in my heart and I thank God for this great miracle” – emphasized Crown Princess Katherine.

During the reception a conference call took place to Dr. Kalangos, who thanked Their Royal Highnesses for giving him the opportunity to save the life of little Dejana. He promised he will continue helping the children of Serbia.

Their Royal Highnesses gave Dejana a special gift, a Cinderella carriage for her favourite toy, a little horse she received from Princess Katherine on Christmas day.

Source: Serbian Royal Family

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PART 2.

Finally, it was my turn to say hello. Cameras flashing. Did I say I was NOT nervous? I lied. I approached the Crown Prince. I bowed descreetly.
 
- Your Majesty, happy Slava to you! May you celebrate it in good health and spirit, for a long time!
 
I then handed him over the present. The brass Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Serbia, identical to today's Coat of Arms (Greater variety) of the Republic of Serbia.
 
(For me he is the King and I called him Your Majesty instead of Your Highness - so the mistake was purely intentional on my part).
 
He smiled and said:
 
- Thank you and welcome.
 
Princess Katherine was smiling with such a smile that lit up the room. For her, I gave her an extended bow. I also told her:
 
-  Your Majesty, happy Slava to you!
 
She said:
 
- Thank you.
 
By this time the adrenalin was pumping so hard I thought I was going to faint. So, as I approached the big room, I took a whisky just to relax myself.
 
Several rooms were available for moving around so my date and I looked at the paintings and other exhibits. The library is really nice. The story goes that, when Soviet Red Army and Tito's Partisans "liberated" Belgrade from Nazi occupation, they actually burned many books to heat themselves and their tanks. Not to mention that they actually fired a bullet in Christ's forehead (in the dome of the Royal chapel). Another legacy of the Communists is the graveyard of Tito's war time mistress Davorjanka Paunovic. But, as the Crown Prince says - all that belongs to history now. We must look ahead. My all-time favorite sentence of his is - we must crown democracy before we crown a King.
 
The menu included fasting food (no meat or other animal products) since the Fast is in progress until the day of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas), which the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates on January 7. (I hope I have said this right in English). So, we helped ourselves to a plethora of small sandwiches, Serbian pies, fish and cookies. All of those were in several varities, very nice and colorful to look at and very tasty to savor.
 
I recognized Mr. Dragomir Acovic of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown. Other faces were unfamiliar. Several receptions were organized for several groups. Group one, from 4 to 5.30 pm. Group 2 from 6 to 7.30 pm. Group 3 from 8 to 9.30 pm. I was in group 1, and I guess that the state officials and other most important figures will be attending the evening reception in group 3.
 
This was one of those days that I will remember forever.
 
THE END

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In the Royal Palace - on Saint Apostle Andrew Day, the Patron Saint of the Serbian Royal Family
 
Special and exclusive report by Alex
 
Belgrade, Serbia, December 13, 2006.  --- Tonight was the Slava of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II and Her Royal Highness Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic (and the entire Serbian Royal Family). Slava refers to paying tribute to a particular Saint patron of a family or institution. Slava is a tradition unique to the Serbian Orthodox Church only. Due to strained relations between the two branches of the Royal Family, unfortunately no other Royals were present. It would be so nice if all of them were celebrating the Slava together.
 
Location, Beli Dvor, or the White Palace, at the prestigious quart of Dedinje in the Serbian capital. So far I have been to quite a few receptions in Belgrade, but no other place has managed to boost so many of my emotions, as the Palace. Every time feels like the first time. I remember the first time I met the Royal couple. It was also their Slava a few years ago. My knees were shaking as I thought to myself: "This is it, Alex. This is what you have been waiting for, and wanting, so take it easy". I then met the Royal Family again at the Slava of the City of Belgrade, and I met Princess Elizabeth (Jelisaveta) at an icon exhibition, and I met Princess Linda just recently, at a panel on Kosovo. After that, I visited the Palace compound once as a tourist, and twice on business, when I visited the Foundation of Princess Katherine, located in one of the peripheral, small buildings within the compound. But, the Slava in the White Palace itself, that is something else. That is an event. You know the saying in America - everybody who is anybody wants to be there.
 
Here is how it went. First, I got invited in my own name and last name, which was great, because the previous time I did not go in my name. Rather, I was an "attachment" . Now that the invitation came in my name, so that is a step forward. After receiving the invitation, I sent an email where I gave the details of me and the lady accompanying me - who we are, what we do, etc. I confirmed our arrival and thanked them for the invitation.
 
Having a decent car, we arrived at the gate. The soldier belonging to the Guard of the Army of Serbia stopped us.
 
- Good evening.
- Good evening.
- May I see your invitation, please?
- Yes, you may.
 
He spent several minutes looking for our names in the list. Then he smiled, handed me back the invitation and said: "Here you go. Enjoy your stay".
 
- Thank you very much. I certainly will.  
 
We parked the car and had to walk some distance because many cars were already there. We approached the main entrance. The state flag of Serbia (with the royal crown), outside. Red carpet. The works. I've always had this thing for red carpets. I guess that's because I must have watched Dynasty a lot when I was little.


It was so powerful. My date kept looking at every detail. For me, this was a re-run of what I have already seen, so I did not stare at every exhibit. After a lot of receptions, you get used to meeting important people, and after a few appearances in the media, you start to feel accustomed to it all, without feeling nervous. Or, at least you try to convince yourself that it is so.
 
Our host and hostess were standing there, patiently smiling and greeting everyone. I signed a comment in the Guest Book, in Cyrilic. I signed my name and it will stay there, forever. Just as I was really working on the cursive letters, for which Cyrilic is wonderful, someone pushed me from behind and I made a mess out of my writing. I gave that man the look...
 
Above the Crown Prince and Princess, a portrait of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, who was the grandfather of the current Crown Prince. The street on which the Palace compound stands bears the name of another Alexander - Prince Alexander, who ruled from 1842 to 1858. Symbols of the Serbian Monarchy are all around us, but Serbia stubbornly still remains a Republic. One day, Alex, one day, all things will fall into place, I said to myself...
 
TO BE CONTINUED...

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And here is a thumbs up for Tampa Bay! Hooray for Tampa Bay!  :-* :-* :-*

Thanks!

I also wish Serbia all the luck in the world.  :D

I think it's been enough. Enough of experimenting, enough of wandering, enough of suffering. We need to find our way - it's right there and some people still do not see it. We need to get ourselves together and into the EU. We have lost too much time and energy on projects that did not work in the end.

Something in my guts tells me we will be a Monarchy. The only thing I do not know is when.

I wish more of my people thought like this.

But, as Sherlock Holmes would say: Patience, my dear Dr Watson, patience.

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STATEMENT OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MONTENEGRO REFERENDUM RESULTS

Dear citizens of Serbia, My dear people!

It has been officially confirmed that the people of Montenegro voted for independence.

I am sad, but I wish our Montenegrin brothers peace, democracy and happiness.

The people of Montenegro are our brothers and sisters no matter what if we live in one or in two countries, that is how it was and that is how it will be forever.

Now, it is time for us, Serbs, to completely dedicate ourselves to our Serbia. Too much blood has been spilled, too much strength of the people has been wasted, too much reputation has been lost in the twentieth century and even in the twenty first century with few positive results.

We cannot waste anymore precious time. Now is the golden time for Serbia to put itself in order, according to its measures. That measure is the Kingdom of Serbia.

I strongly believe in the Constitutional Parliamentary Kingdom of Serbia. Again, we need to be proud, a strong Serbia that is at peace with itself and with its neighbors. We were a proud, respected and happy country in the days of my great grandfather King Peter I. So, we can do it! Only if we have a form of governance close to the Serbian soul: the Kingdom of Serbia.

In modern Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchies, the Parliament and the Government rule and are elected in elections, just like in a Republic. The Head of the State is the King. The King respects all the political parties, but he is not the member of any political party!

That is the reason why Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchies are often more stable: for example the United Kingdom, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, and Spain… Spain is an exceptional example of a country that Monarchy with King Juan Carlos returned to the path the success and respect after decades of problems.

Simply, the King is above daily politics, he is the guardian of national unity, political stability and continuity of the state. In Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchies the King is the protector of public interest: there is no personal or party interest. What is most important is the interest of Serbia.

I am ready to meet all our politicians; we have to work together for the common good of Serbia, and to be friends in the name of the future of our country. I appeal for the end of the continuous wrangling, division and arguments. I appeal for mature democratic debate in the interest of Serbia. Serbia must have clear and realistic objectives.

Now, we must skillfully move ahead with political unity and maturity to launch a strategic plan for the future of Serbia. Serbia must be reborn as a modern nation respecting itself with a positive and respected image both internally and externally. That can be achieved with passionate and persistent work for our country, based on a clear vision of our future.

The Kingdom of modern Serbia will be a proud respected democratic country with respect for all citizens regardless of their political affiliation, religion or ethnic origin.

The Crown is positive for our democracy. The Crown respects and protects everyone. The Crown strengthens our democracy. The Crown brings credibility. The Crown reconciles.

I am proud of Serbia and wish to be the servant of our country. The Kingdom of Serbia is Serbia’s answer for a strong, democratic Serbia in Europe. The Kingdom of Serbia will provide the fastest way forward to the European Union, it will encourage work on attracting investments, stimulating economic growth, and work for the creation of jobs and social services, pensions and education of our youth.

Let’s not waste any more time. Serbia must move ahead.

I want to serve Serbia.

Long live Serbia!

Belgrade, 24 May 2006

Taken from: www.royalfamily.org

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Part 3

His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic, is the descendant of Karadjordje - the father of modern Serbia, of Prince Alexander, of King Peter I The Liberator - the father of our modern European-styled democracy whom the people called Uncle Pierre, of King Alexander I - the father of the misfortunate Yugoslavia and the young King Peter II, under whose command general Draza Mihailovic led the first anti-Nazi guerrilla in occupied Europe. If it were not for Karadjordje and his dynasty, there would be no modern Serbia. Of course the Obrenovic dynasty has also done a great deal for modern Serbia and that dynasty deserves respect and place in history. But, we today have a living dynasty, the Karadjordjevic one, and its representative in the face of Crown Prince Alexander II. He is the son of our last King, therefore, he is King by definition. He was modest and decided to use the title of Crown Prince (heir to the throne), and will resume the title of King if and when the Serbian people freely decide to renew their Monarchy. Not only is he worldly educated, but is also not accustomed to living under communism, he is tolerant of different opinions, ethnicities, religions and he has shown that he is dedicated to serving his country and people. Humanitarian activities of him and his wife have contributed greatly for the benefit of our children, the young, the challenged, the elderly, the refugees... Medicines, medical equipment, new hospital departments, sponsoring talented youth and students, promoting investments in Serbia, promoting a positive image of Serbia, marking cultural, historic and other events, all that is wonderful. But, because he bears the historic last name that everyone in Serbia knows, he should do more. He should take the throne of the new Serbia! Of course, another advantage is that he is related, in one way or another, to almost all major Royal Families in Europe. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the UK, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth is his godmother. No Serbian President will ever have such family ties and connections.
 
Countries that have Kings and Queens are in some ways more privileged than countries who do not. A King being crowned, a Princess being married, that is so much more romantic and so much more traditional, than the innauguration of any President in any Republic. Monarchies of today give us the sense of a modern fairy tale, a sense of the lost romance. Monarchies are not created over night. They are a symbol of continuity, tradition, unity. So, a country either has a King, or does not have a King. One can't just place an ad in the paper and conduct a job interview with potential candidates. One can't just pick someone out of a crowd and place a crown on his or her head. Serbia is not a nation that was made yesterday or 60 years ago. Serbia has a long history and the Monarchy is the essential and unbreakable part of it. Serbia has its own Royal Family, a dynasty which originated from the Serbian people, a dynasty that has marked the last 200 years of modern Serbian history.
 
When Croatia declared independence in 1991, it talked of a "thousand year dream", of "renewing the medieval state of Croatian Kings". I am sure that they would have crowned a King, if they had one. Serbia has one, its own, and yet it still bothers with Milosevic's Constitution, etc. None of this is part of our identity and should not be part of our future.
 
Let's stop wasting precious time and inventing solutions out of the blue, because we have one solution that has been here, right in front of our own very eyes. Let us make our ancestors proud once again and let us secure democracy, peace, prosperity for our children! While standing firm on the paths of our past and tradition, we must also look ahead into the future, with a smile and proud gaze!
 
The power of the centuries is on our side. With faith in God, it can be done, for the benefit of everyone in our beloved Serbia!
 
Long live the sovereign, independent state of Serbia!
 
Long live the Karadjordjevic Royal Family and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II!
 
Long live the Kingdom of Serbia!
 
 
P.S. Those of you from abroad, who can, please spread these lovely words. Ask your elected members of Congress, or members of the Eureopean Parliament or Russian Duma  to give support to the idea of the Kingdom of Serbia and to Crown Prince Alexander II, who is truly a symbol of tolerance, democracy and prosperity of Serbia. That will not be good just for Serbia itself, but also for the whole troubled Balkan region. Stability, peace and prosperity in Serbia will mean stability, peace and prosperity in the Balkans.
 
Thank you all for reading this inspiring letter. May God be with all of you.

Alex

(END)

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Part 2

Tito - a non-Serb and an anti-Serb, was the father of the Republic. On the other hand, the father of the first unified Serbian state was Stefan Nemanja. The father of the modern, resurrected Serbian state was Karadjordje (Kara-george). If the spiritual father of Communism was Lenin, the spiritual father of Serbia was Prince Rastko Nemanjic, better known as St. Sava - the first archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church. Between Tito and Lenin on one side, and Stefan Nemanja and St. Sava on the other side, it is clear whose path Serbia must follow. The path of Stefan Nemanja and St. Sava!
 
Of course, today's Monarchy would be a modern one, fully in accordance and harmony with the modern world that we are a part of. We cannot build a medieval Monarchy, but we can and we will keep a sense of our history, tradition, origin.  The new Kingdom of Serbia would be a modern, democratic society, in peace with itself and the world. Modern in every sense of the term. But, it would also hold strong ties with the Serbian past, tradition, history, roots and ancestors. It would stand tall, it would be proud, it would give every individual possibilities to express himself or herself in every way, regardless of national, ethnic, political or religious differences.
 
All European Monarchies - let's name just some, such as the Kingdoms like the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or the Principalities such as Monaco or Liechtenstein, are today modern, democratic societies with a very high standard of living and respect for human rights. That, however, cannot be said for almost half of European Republics, especially those that emerged from the breakup of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
 
If every single European Monarchy is a respected, tolerant, developed country with a high standard of living and high respect for human rights, why couldn't Serbia be like that? The Kingdom of Spain is perhaps the one model we could relate to. It has suffered a civil war and a dictatorship, as have we, but Spain has returned its King and has reached Europe as a respected country. That cannot be said for our beloved Serbia.
 
Of course, the reality of our world and the historical moment we live in, is such that Serbia must, and will be, part of the European Union. That is innevitable, inspite of many objections that could be directed to the EU. We will get there as a Republic, or as a Monarchy. If we are democratic and pro-Western oriented, we will get there either way. But, it would be better if we did so as a Monarchy. One reason - Monarchy has everything to do with our past, history and national identity. The Republic has nothing to do with it. The other reason - a Republic will always be seen in the world as "Milosevic's residue". With a Monarchy we can give the final punch to Communism and its Godless and bloody ideology it stands for, once and for all. Then we will tell the world that we have definetely ended with it and have turned on a new path.
 
Until the emergence of Communism, Serbs have always been the victims, never the prosecutors. Serbs have for centuries lived and died for their freedom, for their faith, for their homes, for the respect of their ancestors. Serbs have never built places like  the Jasenovac death camp, but have always perished in them, massively. Communism changed all that and today we are viewed (still) as evil monsters. The bolsevic-communist-socialist-extreme nationalist governments that have come and gone in the past 60 years, have done so much damage and destruction to Serbia, that it is unimaginable. The only way to end this is to proclaim once again the Kingdom of Serbia.
 
Many wounds are still present on the Serbian national being. But, Serbia is slowly once again finding its true self, its identity, and that process is still ongoing. Very soon Serbia will once again be a fully capacitated state - sovereign, independent and internationally recognized, thanks to Montenegro's vote. The people of Serbia and the people of Montenegro will always be close, regardless of where they live. Centuries of fighting the same enemies, sharing the same religion and language, as well as bonds between cousins and families, will testify to our good relations in the future. Thanks to Montenegro's vote on independence, Serbia has also become independent. It's time for Serbia to finish searching for its identity, its soul. It's time to stop searching and it's time to finally find the way, once and for all. And that way, ladies and gentlemen, the only way, is to once again establish the Kingdom of Serbia, for the benefit of all its citizens.  
 
In this truly exciting and promising historical moment, when we now have once again our own state, when we fly the flag with the Nemanjic crown, when we use the Coat of Arms of the glorious Kingdom of Serbia, when we once again stand tall to our own national anthem - God of Justice, when we have our beloved Patriarch and the Crown Prince at the Royal Palace, what are we to do? By logic, in the context of our historical continuity, our tradition, history and statehood, we must crown the Prince as our King, and we must make Serbia a Constitutional Parliamentary Kingdom!
 

 

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Finally - an independent and sovereign Serbian state, after 88 years
THE TIME HAS COME FOR A KINGDOM OF SERBIA
 
Exclusive by Alex Belgrade
 
Serbian history and tradition, our historical experience and national mentality all point out to the necessity of re-establishing the Monarchy in Serbia.
 
We have been a Republic only for the past 60 years, which is nothing compared to the millenium of our history. Ever since we have known about who and what we are as a nation, from Stefan Nemanja - the father of our state and St. Sava - the father of our Church, from Tsar Dusan - our greatest ruler who has given us an Empire, to Despot Stefan Lazarevic - Prince Lazar's son, we have always been some form of Monarchy. Our first King has been crowned in 1217 and about that time the Serbian Orthodox Church has been given full independence.
 
In modern times, after several centuries of enslavement by the islamic Ottoman Turks, Serbia has been born anew, in the region of Sumadia, when supreme leader Karadjordje (Kara-george) began the process of liberation. Prince Milos Obrenovic managed to win a substantial autonomy for the Princedom (Principality) of Serbia within the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Prince Mihailo (Michael) Obrenovic won back many towns without a single drop of blood. King Milan Obrenovic gave us the internationally recognized Kingdom of Serbia. As for the Karadjordjevic (Kara-george-vitch) dynasty, King Peter I gave us democracy, civil liberties, parliamentarism identical to that of Europe, his proud Serbian Army writing the nicest pages of Serbian military history during WW 1. Under King Peter II, Serbs, apart from the English, were the first people in occupied Europe to openly confront Hitler, at great costs.
 
Ideals of freedom, justice, nobility and martyrdom have always been part of the Serbian national being. That's how it was, from the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, to both World Wars of modern times. And today? Especially in the last 15 years, the Serbian name has been smeered, the Serbian flag thrown in the mud, the proud and freedom loving Serbian people confused and perplexed. We were without Allies in the world and just about everyone spit on us, some still continue to do so. We are still paying the price of bolsevism/communism/socialism, whatever that was, that has strangled this country for 60 years. Who knows how long it will take to completely recover from its disasterous effects...
 
Under some form of Monarchy or other, we as a nation have achieved all our national, military and state building capacities. From the formation of the earliest Serbian state, to the acceptance of Christianity, to the uplifting of our state into a mighty Empire, to the independence of our crucified Church, to Dusan's Code of Law - one of the first such documents of Europe at the time, to the noble defeat for the Kingdom of Heaven under the immortal Prince Lazar at Kosovo in 1389, to the resurrected Serbian state and renewed and internationally recognized Serbian Kingdom, and to the noble siding with the Allies in both World Wars - all that was achieved under a Monarchy. The Serbian people know of nothing else.
 
The Kingdom of Serbia under King Peter I Karadjordjevic was the most progressive modern Serbian state. Serbia will not have such a team of leaders in a long time. Peter as the King, Pasic as Prime Minister, Pachu as Minister of Finance, Weifert as the Governor of the Central Bank and Prince Regent Alexander as Commander of the Serbian Army - that whole generation of people worked together for the benefit of Serbia.
 
Unfortunately, our fall from grace and glory came with Communism. The Republic of Serbia, as we know it today, is democratic and in transition, but its origins date back to 1945, when it was introduced, or IMPOSED, not as the result of the freely expressed will of the traditionalist and God fearing Serbian people - which they were at the time, but by Soviet tanks and the terror of Tito and his partisans, all in a deal with our former Allies - Britain and the USA, following the Yalta and Teheran conferences. The bolsevic Republic was at first identical to Stalin's, and later grew into a more progressive form of socialism which, in time, made Yugoslavia the most progressive and liberal Communist country, accepted worldwide. However, that very same Republic, whose name we today celebrate, had murdered perhaps as many as 200,000 Serbs - much more than the Nazis had done. That same Republic had confiscated people's private property - land, homes, factories. That same Republic had confiscated the land of our holy Church, and arrested, tortured and murdered priests and tried to remove faith from people's hearts, minds and souls. That same Republic raped the glorious Serbian history - ommitting many parts and forging many other facts to create a shamble of lies and falsifications. The Republic of today, that originates from the Republic described above, cannot and should not be a role model for an independent Serbia and its future. Communism should be dismantled once and for all - and its biggest creation that still stands, and that has absolutely nothing to do with the Serbian history, tradition and statehood, is the Serbian Republic. It simply does not belong, in context of Serbian history, mentality and heritage.
 
TO BE CONTINUED...

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Part 2.

Although Manuel faced the risk of assassination at home and although Peru was in a lot of trouble at the time, for Princess Jelisaveta it felt good to be the wife of the Prime Minister of Peru, which he eventually became. Now she had her royal title and the official title, and many more doors were opened to her.

In 1976, her father, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, had died. Jelisaveta was devastated, and for the first time since her childhood, she started having an interest in Yugoslavia. She promised to herself that she would remove the brand of traitor from her father's name. Prince Paul was an Anglofile, not a Germanofile. He knew that Yugoslavia could not face Hitler, and he tried to avoid the war by signing the Pact with the Auxis powers (Germany, Italy and Japan). Prince Paul wanted to spare his people from being killed en masse, and he tried to buy time for Yugoslavia. Besides, he was a formidable lover of the arts and had acquired a great worldly Impressionists collection for the National Museum in Belgrade. Yes, she promised herself, her father is going to be remembered as a positive character who tried to spare his country from total devastation and who introduced balkanic Serbia to some of the finest pieces of art on the planet.

In 1987, Manuel Ulloa said to a Yugoslav (communist) minister that he would like to bring his wife to Belgrade.

Because Jelisaveta Karadjordjevic would never have been given permission to enter Yugoslavia if she had used her real name, because the Communists had banished her entire family, she went by the name Elizabeth George (short for Karageorgevitch). When she entered Yugoslavia, she was Mrs. Manuel Ulloa, and the Yugoslav authorities had no clue that a Princess they had exiled had just entered the country. Nobody in Serbia knew that their Princess had come to the country. Nobody knew her at the time, but she knew who she was and where she was. In 1987, she had met with her country again after 46 years in exile. As her husband comforted her during their train trip to Belgrade, she wept for 24 hours, non stop. She forgot all about her manners that would be expected of her, and she cried for hours and hours as if she were a little girl. She was the fist Karadjordjevic to have entered Yugoslavia after so many years and decades.  She stayed only for one day and she saw the White Palace, but was unable to enter it. She would say later that this one day was worth more than everything she had seen in her entire life. Jelisaveta started learning Serbian and she promised herself she would rediscover her country once more. Today she masters the language almost completely. Just as she was again falling in love with her once lost homeland, Yugoslavia, it began to fall apart among political, economic, historic, ethnic and religious lines. Princess Jelisaveta was devastated and she got engaged in collecting humanitarian help, primarily for children who are always the innocent victims of any war. So far she has brought in millions of dollars of aid to the country. She set up her own Foundation, she even engaged in the clean up of the Danube.

After the democratic changes have swept Serbia in 2000, the Royals returned, legally. This time she had no need to hide her identity. She would say - for the first time people call me Jelisaveta, not Elizabeth, and it feels wonderful!

She is now an established member of the Serbian jet set. She lives in a rented suite in downtown Belgrade, because of disagreements with the Crown Prince, who stays at the Royal Palace. Princess Jelisaveta has so far been invited on many formal and less formal occassions, she had gotten to know her country, Serbia, and her people and customs very well. She is a known public and media figure. She says this is the happiest time of her life. She may not be enjoping the luxuries of New York, Rome, Paris, Geneva, but she says this is home and this is where she belongs. In recent years, she is accompanied in public by an old gentleman, he is her secretary and a long time friend. She has an immediate, friendly contact with her people and she tries to fit into the Balkan environment as much as possible. At the trumpet competition, when they offered to carry her over a muddy stream, she laughed, took of her shoes, rolled up the sleeves of her pants and just stepped across, to the surprise of everyone. She is truly a people's Princess. What Lady Diana was to the United Kingdom, Princess Jelisaveta is to Serbia. There is a lady who is not burdened with class and protocol. She certainly has it, when the situation demands it, and she looks splendid with that royal tiara, but she can also be your every-day type of woman, she can even adjust to the somewhat rough customs of the Balkans. She has no bodyguards, she can walk up to a peasant selling eggs at a local market, she buys her own fruits and vegetables and talks to people without any distance that some would expect from her being a Princess and all. In 2001, when she celebrated New Year's Eve at the Writer's Club (Klub Knjizevnika) in Belgrade, at midnight she got up and approached every single table and congratulated New Year to her people, much to the astonishment of those present. A truly amazing and remarkable woman, with such a remarkable life!

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Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, or Princess Jelisaveta as she is known in Serbia, is the only member of the current Karadjordjevic dynasty who was actually born in Belgrade. She is 70 years old now and she still makes heads turn with her dazzling royal appearance, full of dignity and sophistication.

The most admired and the most controversial Princess of modern Serbia - she is both loved and respected, or snugged as being the "cold mother" and "man eater". She certainly has the upbringing, the class, the immediate contact with her people and the charms of a true Princess.

There is a woman who has had more than her fair share of ups and downs in her life.

Not the Yugoslav and British Secret Services, not the Communists, the former husbands and lovers, not the unhappy childhood and poverty, not the gossip, not her daughter's damaging book "Royal Blue", not the media - none of it managed to destroy her, for she is a fighter and a survivor, like most Karadjordjevics are. She had won a nuclear disarmament award, fought to clean up the Danube river, helped children across her war-torn country of Yugoslavia, she was also probably the first Princess of a country to have run for the office of President. Although she certainly has the manners and class attributed to royalty, she did not hesitate to roll up her pants and step barefoot into a stream when she visited the Serbian trumpet competition and simply walk over to the other side, or swing like Tarzan in the jungles of the world. Just recently she had ended her adventures in India. She can act as a true royal or she can be just like the common people that greet her on a daily basis. She can be a strict Princess and a relaxed every-day type of person. So, who is this remarkable woman?

Princess Jelisaveta was born in 1936 at the White Palace in Belgrade. Her father was Prince-Regent Paul of Yugoslavia, who ruled on behalf of the minor King Peter II, and her mother was Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. Young Jelisaveta could not stand her mother's strict devotion to protocol. She wanted something more, something different. She had found the palace life strict and boring, and her heart dreamed of adventure. She didn't even know how adventurous her life would later become.

Her father was sent to exile after having signed a Treaty with the Auxis powers, and so little Jelisaveta's childhood was suddenly interrupted. She moved to Kenya, South Africa, Greece, Switzerland, France...

When she was already a blossoming flower, she ran away with a tradesman Howard Oxenberg, a Russian Jew, to America. Her parents never forgave her for that. Her daughter Christina was born in 1960, and Catherine was born in 1962. In 1966 Jelisaveta divorces Howard Oxenberg. Soon after the divorce, he became a very wealthy and influential man. She had missed her chance, but she would not give up.

At that time, Princess Jelisaveta had a passionate, stormy and firy relationship with JFK himself. Jackie had more nervous breakdowns because of a Yugoslav Princess in exile, than because of Monroe and all the other beauties that came and went. Jelisaveta would later say she had long telephone calls with Kennedy, that they were good friends and nothing more. Do you really believe that all they did was chat on the phone for hours?

In any case, Christina could very well be the daughter of JFK and Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, and not, as most people think, the daughter of Howard Oxenberg.  Christina eventually became a writer - known for her novels such as "Miranda" and "Taxi", but her most famous novel is "Royal Blue" where she depicted her mother in a very negative way.

But, Princess Jelisaveta keeps her relationship with Kennedy a hush-hush and moves on. In 1967 she marries Ser Neil Balfour, grandson of Ser Arthur Balfour, who used to be Prime Minister of the UK. Neil had a respected last name and sophisticated manners. But, he spent more time discussing politics and Yugoslavia with Prince Paul, than he did with his wife Elizabeth. In 1970 they got a son - Nicholas Augustus Balfour.

Catherine Oxenberg enjoyed being pretty - during the years she had pursued her career in acting and is best known for her roles of Amanda in Dynasty, Princess Diana in Charles and Diana and herself in the I Married A Princess reality show. Christina enjoyed in her literacy talent and Nicholas enjoyed playing the guitar.

Princess Jelisaveta divorced Neil Balfour in 1978. However, while they were still married, in 1974, she had a short and stormy affair with actor Richard Burton.  That was the same man who had played Tito just two years before.

Princess Jelisaveta blamed the Yugoslav Communist leader Tito from taking away her country and her childhood. She was intrigued that she had met a man who actually starred as Tito. Being with Burton felt like a kind of revenge on Tito himself. However, Richard was almost always drunk and looked out of shape. She left him, because she could no longer stand his complexes and his devotion to alcohol.

Princess Jelisaveta was well aware of her looks and charms. She would attend gala events and looked more beautiful than ever. Having ended her marriage with Neil Balfour and her fling with Richard Burton, she discovered a fascinating man, the Prime Minister of Peru, whom she had met at Breakfast at Tyffanny's. Manuel was a caring husband but she did not find Peru too attractive, because the country was facing troubles...

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Eric,

I thought since there no longer was a Yugoslavia the correct title was now "Serbia/Montenegro or Serbia & Montenegro".  What is the correct title today?

TampaBay

The country - Yugoslavia, had transformed into a loose Union, getting looser by the day. The UN has recognized the country as "Serbia and Montenegro", as successor state to Yugoslavia, but the Royal Family is the Royal Family of Serbia, since Montenegro has its own Royal family (totally uninfluential, BTW).

The Karadjordjevic family began in 1804 as the Royal Family of Serbia, and later, from 1918, as the Royal Family of Yugoslavia. Since it is primarily a Serbian dynasty, and since Yugoslavia no longer exists, it would be correct to call them the Royal Family of Serbia, inspite of the official international name "Serbia and Montenegro".

In May, Montenegro will have a referendum on independence. I can't wait for them to do whatever they gotta do, and then once more, there will be a fully independent and recognized state of Serbia, as it was before 1918.

Then the country will be called Serbia, and its Royal Family will be called Royal Family of Serbia. And everything will be simpler!

Cheers!

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Balkan Royal Families / Re: Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia & family
« on: January 31, 2006, 04:26:56 PM »
In October 2000, Milosevic's regime was over.

By 2001 the Serbian Royal Family had returned to stay after several decades of exile. Passports and citizenships were re-issued. The head of the Royal Family was back at the Royal Palace where his father and grandfather used to be.

By 2004 Serbia had changed its national symbols - old national anthem LORD OF JUSTICE, the flag with the Coat of arm on it and the Coat of Arm identical to the one used in the Kingdom of Serbia. The flag and the Coat of Arm can now be seen in many places in the streets. The Standart of the President of Serbia is identical to the Standart of the King.

By 2004, national holidays were changed. Orthodox Church holidays and historic dates were re-adopted, such as Orthodox New Year, Easter and Christmas, and February 15, when the founder of the Karadjordjevic dynasty started an Uprising in 1804, to begin the liberation of Serbia and creation of the modern Serbian state.

By 2004, many street names had been changed, so we now have Queen Marie Street, Queen Nathalie Street, Prince Alexander Street, and from several years before that, we have Crown Street, King Milan Street, King Peter Street etc.

Several schools have changed their name so we have King Peter II School, King Peter I School etc. Queen Marie got a memorial plaque in Belgrade. In Nis and Lapovo, King Alexander I got a fantastic monument. King Peter I got a wonderful monument in Zrenjanin. Etc.

Social gatherings at the Royal Palace, such as the Slava of the Royal Family (St. Andrew) or the Birthday of the Crown Prince, have become events not to be missed, by anyone who is anyone in Serbia.

Libraries are full of books about the Royal Family.

Press coverage is given to Royal Activities.

Everywhere the Royal Family goes, they receive greetings and cheers. While people boo the local politicians, the Royals are always greeted with enthusiasm.

Serbia had marked 2 very important jubillees. 100 years since the Crowning of King Peter I and 200 years since the First Serbian Uprising of 1804, under Karadjordje.

The Serbian Patriarch had called on Serbs to re-embrace the Monarchy.

In Novosti Daily internet news poll, Monarchy won. In a national television (RTS) live viewer voting, Monarchy won.

So, in conclusion, I think Serbia is making small, but important steps towards re-embracing the Monarchy. By now all citizens of Serbia are used to seeing the Flag and Coat of Arms.  The people are used to talking about the Monarchy. It's slowly getting into the hearts and minds of people. It's more accessible. People can read about it more, talk about it more, think about it more.

THINGS ARE GOING WELL.

I am happy. The thought of Monarchy is the only reason still keeping me in Serbia! I would have given up a long time ago, I would have gone abroad and stayed there, but the biggest thing that keeps my heart going, is my LOVE and RESPECT for Serbia's Monarchy - its past, history, tradition, its being, its soul, its identity.

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