From Buckingham Palace to the Royal Palace Belgrade

09/07/2014

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine hosted today a humanitarian convoy which arrived from the United Kingdom and brought help to their colleagues in fire stations in Serbia. Six fire engines were driven from the Buckingham Palace through six countries and after around 2000 kilometres, finally arrived at the Royal Palace.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander II welcomed the guests and said: “My family and I are very grateful that you came to Serbia and for all you effort in helping our people for many years. Your humanitarian work is exceptional and I am certain that these fire engines which you are donating to the fire stations in Serbia will have great a significance and help in fighting forest fires.”

Recognizing the importance and help which they are providing to our country, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine supported the South Wales Fire and Rescue, “Blazing to Serbia” project. This year, the Welsh firemen were joined by a British/Serbian couple, Zoran and Melissa Đukić, who renovated a 1957 Bedford R Series fire engine “Green Goddess”. The convoy began its journey on the 4th of July from in front of Buckingham Palace and in five days went through six countries United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Hungary, before finally arriving to the Royal Palace 9 July.

This summer convoy will bring the total of donated vehicles to twenty three. Blazing to Serbia is now well-known in Serbia and has the support of the British Embassy and Serbian Government. This year they are also liaising with the International Red Cross and taking gifts and clothing.