THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES ARRIVE IN
Melbourne, November 9, 2005 -
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince
Alexander II and Crown Princess
Katherine arrived in Australia today
for a 6-day visit upon invitation of
the Serbian Orthodox Church in
Australia and His Grace Milutin,
Bishop of Australia and New Zeeland.
His Excellency Serbia and
Montenegro’s Ambassador to Australia
and New Zeeland Milivoje Glisic,
Serbian clergy and a cheering crowd
met Crown Prince and Crown Princess
at the Melbourne’s airport with some
Serb women trying to fight back
tears while chanting ‘’Long live the
“My wife and I came here looking
for unity amongst our people. It is
very important that our people here
act as ambassadors to our country.
It is very important to create a
bridge between our country and
Australia and to invite Australians
to Serbia to invest,’’ Crown Prince
Alexander II told a news conference
upon arriving in Melbourne.
His Royal Highness also said that
in our country ‘’we respect
everybody, we are multi-ethnic and
multi-religious. We do respect human
The guests at a charity dinner at
the Serbian Orthodox St. Steven
Church in Keysborough, Melbourne,
included Mr. Richard Wynne,
representing Steve Bracks, the
Premier of Victoria, Councilor Maria
Sampey, the Mayor of the City of
Greater Dandengdon, and the
representatives of the Monarchist
League of Australia.
Bishop Milutin and Ambassador
Glisic expressed their gratitude to
Their Royal Highnesses for coming to
Australia with a clear pledge for
unity and solidarity.
Mr. Wynne praised the Serb
community on the continent for
adjusting to their new home while
still respecting all their national
and traditional values.
After watching a moving film
about Crown Princess’ humanitarian
work, showing poor conditions in
Serbia’s hospitals, Mayor Sampey
said she would like to help the
establishment of an Australian
office of Crown Princess’
humanitarian organization Lifeline.
‘’We must help our babies and
children,” Princess told the guests.
Crown Prince Alexander expressed
gratitude to Australia for being a
good new home to many Serbs and
called upon them to be good
Australians as well.
On their first official trip to
Australia, Their Royal Highnesses
will also visit the Serbian Orthodox
Church and community in Canberra and
Sydney and meet with various
representatives of the Australian
government. Of particular
significance is their personal
endorsement and support of the
establishment in Sydney of St. Sava
College, the first Serbian Orthodox
School to be founded in Australia.
The school will be located in the
south-west of Sydney where many
thousand Serbian refugees from the
former Yugoslavia have begun new