Serbian Royal Couple Asks For Support In
Chicago Chicago Has
Largest Serbian Population Outside Belgrade
“We are all God’s creation,” Crown Princess
Katherine said. “We all have to look after each other.”
Suzanne Le Mignot Reporting
(CBS) CHICAGO A royal couple is reaching out to Chicagoans, asking for
support for their homeland.
Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Serbia recently visited
Chicago, which has the largest Serbian population outside of Belgrade, the
In an exclusive report, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talked with the royal
couple, about their ties to Chicago.
The crown prince and princess received a warm welcome in Chicago. For
Alexander, coming to the Windy City was like returning home, since his oldest
son was born in Chicago and he himself used to live in the city.
“In the late 70s; it was very cold then,” Crown Prince Alexander said. “I
don’t know what’s happened to your climate,” he added with a chuckle, “but it
was very cold, and I was working in insurance brokering.”
The Crown Prince is a blood relative of the British Royal Family. Queen
Elizabeth II is his godmother. He recalled an encounter with Chicago’s royalty
in the 1950s.
“I visited Mayor (Richard J.) Daley, the mayor’s father, and he was a great
man,” Crown Prince Alexander said. “I was very impressed, and it was a fantastic
meeting with him.”
Now, the Crown Prince is meeting with the current Mayor Daley and business
leaders, seeking investors. His war-ravaged country has a 40 percent
“We desperately need to create jobs not only in Serbia, but the whole region,
because we need each other economically,” he said.
The Crown Prince calls the Sister City/Sister State relationship that Chicago
and Illinois share with Serbia a “godsend.”
“We’re looking forward to developing education, culture, business and of
course, the medical side,” he said. “We have a lot to learn from you.”
Crown Princess Katherine has spent her time in Chicago raising awareness and
money for the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, the charity she started in
“We are all God’s creation,” Crown Princess Katherine said. “We all have to
look after each other.”
The organization provides food, clothing and medical supplies to war orphans
and refugees in the former Yugoslavia. The Crown Princess said the conflict may
be over, but the needs of her people live on.
“I don’t want them to feel the world has forgotten them,” she said. “They
don’t deserve that. Nobody does.”
The children she visits in orphanages touch her heart the most. Among them, a
boy who kept, under his pillow, a candy bar she had given him a month earlier.
“I said, ‘But I thought I gave it to you when I was here before,’” Crown
Princess Katherine said. “’He says, ‘You did, but it was the best day of my life
when you came to visit me.’”
“All he wants is the memories of the warmth, love, and the care,” Crown
Princess Katherine added, choking back tears, “and I believe the world must care
about the people in our country.”