ROYAL COUPLE ATTEND CELEBRATION PATRON SAINT DAY OF
REPUBLIKA SRPSKA AND DELIVER HUMANITARIAN AID
Banja Luka, Belgrade 9 January 2009 - Their Royal
Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine visited
Banja Luka today where they were welcomed by HE Prof Dr. Rajko Kuzmanovic,
President of Republika Srpska, on the occasion of celebration St. Stefan,
the Patron’s Saint Day of Republika Srpska.
Upon their arrival to Banja Luka, Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended a gathering
with HE Prof. Dr. Rajko Kuzmanovic, President of Republika Srpska, HE Mr.
Milorad Dodik, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, and members of the
Russian delegation “Zabrezje” that were awarded on the occasion of Day of
the Republic and Patron’s Saint Day – St Stefan.
Their Royal Highnesses together with Government officials
of Republika Srpska and the Republic of Serbia, as well as many
distinguished guests from business, cultural and public life of these two
countries attended a Ceremonial Presentation and reception held at Banski
Dvor. After the ceremony the reception took place in the Palace of the
Republic, among those present were: HE Mr. Milorad Dodik, the Prime Minister
of the Republika Srpska, HE Mr. Igor Radojcic, Speaker of the House of
Republika Srpska, Mr. Davor Cordas Vice-president of Republika Srpska, His
Grace Bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina Grigorije and many others
Following the reception Crown Prince Alexander II and
Crown Princess Katherine visited the Department of Gynaecology and
Paediatric Department in the Clinical Centre of Banja Luka where they
donated valuable medical equipment, as well as Christmas packages for the
children in the Department of Paediatrics. The Royal Couple were welcomed by
Prof. Dr. Mirko Stanetic, Director of the Clinical Centre of Banja Luka.
Princess Katherine gave a speech emphasizing: “It is a great pleasure for my
husband and I to deliver this donation on your Patron Saint Day. It is our
wish to help people regardless of ethnic or religious origin. The people in
South Eastern Europe have suffered enough”.