“Nedeljni telegraf”, 11 June 2003
Interview: Crown Prince Alexander talks about his visit to Queen Elizabeth and his conversation with the Prince of Wales
PRINCE CHARLES COMES TO SERBIA SOON
His Royal Highness Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic has received us at The Royal Palace in Dedinje. The roads at the Royal Compound were being asphalted last weekend, thanks to the donors. Since the Crown Prince has just returned from the official visit to Great Britain and the British Crown, we asked him about his impressions.
It was a great pleasure for my wife and myself to be at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey, where The Queen was coronated fifty years ago, and where I was baptized. Her father, George VI, was also my godfather.
The Prince of Wales hosted a private dinner for about 40 members of the British Royal Family, and my wife and I attended it, together with The Queen’s relatives from Greece, Germany and France. That evening was inspired with musicals and humor from 1953. It was wonderful to see Her Majesty laughing. The Queen was very happy, and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, too.
- May we know what did you talk about with Queen Elizabeth? Did you talk about the possibility for the members of the British Crown to visit The Royal Palace, Belgrade and Serbia?
Yes. The talks on that subject are still in progress. The Prince of Wales has expressed his wish to visit Belgrade and I am sure that Prince Charles would be warmly welcomed in Serbia. The two of us have known each other for quite some time, because we went to the same school in Scotland. Prince Charles wishes to visit Serbia not only to find about our humanitarian situation, but also to learn about our history and culture, and perhaps to take part in a sport event.
- Can you tell us when will Prince Charles visit Belgrade?
I think we shall not wait for long for the visit of The Prince of Wales, although the decision is on the Governments of Great Britain and Serbia. I hope I shall be a good host!
- Before you went to London, Your Highness, you received a personal donation from Prince Charles. Tell us how that happened.
In a conversation with Prince Charles I explained the dramatic situation in our hospitals and the need to modernize the equipment in them. He asked for a list of equipment necessary in our hospitals, and personally selected this sterilizing machine that he donated. And he promised to continue helping us.
- What are the relationships of the Serbian Crown with European dynasties?
We have excellent relationships with the members of the Royal Families in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg. We have recently received an invitation to visit the Swedish King. And there are plans for another Royal visit in August.
- As the Head of the Royal House of Karadjordjevic you have recently paid respect to the late King Alexander Obrenovic. Why did you do that?
I thought the moment has come to put behind all of our misunderstandings and differences. I respect all personages and authorities in our country, even the ones from our recent past. King Alexander was a great ruler. I was surprised when I saw how modest his tomb was. We must never again solve our problems in a dramatic way, for there is another, democratic way.
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