CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER RECEIVES SOKO MEMBERS
Belgrade, 25 September 2008 – His Royal Highness Crown
Prince Alexander II received today members of the “Savez srpskih sokola”
(literal translation: Federation of Serbian Falcons). The delegation was
headed by Mr. Jevdja Jevdjevic, Chief of the Federation, Dr. Ljubomir
Kostic, former Chief, as well as Mr. Dragomir Acovic, member of the Privy
Council and former Chief. Also attending were Mr. Dragutin Radosavljevic,
State Secretary for Public Administration and Local Self-Government, His
Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvostno and, as a special guest, Colonel Vladimir
Huljak, Defence delegate of the Czech Republic.
In his welcome speech, the Crown Prince emphasized: “It
gives me great pleasure to greet you as Head of the Royal House. Last year,
we marked 100 years of your movement, which cherishes physical and moral
upbringing, and has unified the Slavic countries, celebrating the finest
possible ideals – brotherhood, solidarity, physical and moral strength. This
Movement is connected to the former Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, and the
former Yugoslavia, i.e. now Serbia”.
Speeches were also delivered by Mr. Jevdja Jevdjevic,
Chief, and Dr. Ljubomir Kostic, former Chief (who shared an interesting
anecdote how he used to train together with King Peter II, the Crown
Prince’s father, in the Soko movement).
The Soko Societies were initially formed as gymnastics
societies, but grew into strong organisations that spread across the Slavic
lands while they were still under foreign realm, and promoted not only
physical strength but also moral virtues including pan-Slavic cooperation in
order to achieve freedom. The Karadjordjevic Royal Family has nurtured
strong ties with the Soko movement.
On the occasion of marking its centennial, Mr. Jevdja
Jevdjevic honoured His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, as well as
former Soko chiefs, Dr. Ljubomir Kostic and Mr. Dragomir Acovic, with a Soko
The guests then enjoyed a tour of the Palaces.