CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE ROYAL PALACE
Belgrade, 6 January 2012 – Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Prince Alexander and Michael Garfinkel, the grandson of Princess Katherine, celebrated Christmas Eve at the Royal Palace in Dedinje.
The traditional burning of the Yule log was performed in front of the Royal Palace, which was blessed by Protopresbyter Vladan Perisic, Father Panayotis Kartasios, representative of the Greek Orthodox Church in Serbia, Father Ilija Buha and clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Beside Their Royal Highnesses there were present members of the Gendarmerie, employees of The Royal Palace, as well as representatives of the media. Burning of the Yule log was followed by traditional short reception for all present at the Royal Palace.
Representatives of HM King Peter I Foundation from Oplenac participated at Evening Liturgy and Christmas Eve activities in front of the Church of St. George. After burning of the Yule log over 700 children from Topola and surrounding villages received Christmas parcels.
Their Royal Highnesses will attend Morning Christmas Liturgy on 7th of January at 9:00 am at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade that will be officiated by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.