THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES VISIT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Belgrade, 28 June 2009 - Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine accompanied
by Mr. Dusan Babac, member of the Privy Council and Professor Nikola
Moravcevic, member of the Crown Council visited Kosovo and Metohija
today to mark St. Vitus Day. They visited Gracanica Monastery where
they attended Holy Liturgy. Their Royal Highnesses then went to a
commemoration at Gazimestan. Princess Katherine also delivered
humanitarian aid to the monastery.
Their Royal Highnesses attended the St. Vitus Day
Liturgy served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro
and Littoral, His Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, His
Grace Bishop of Lipljane Teodosije and His Grace Bishop of Mielsevo
Filaret at Gracanica Monastery.
The Holy liturgy at Gracanica Monastery, the
legacy of Serbian medieval King Milutin, was also attended by Mr.
Goran Bogdanovic, Serbian Minister for Kosovo and Metohija, Mr.
Bogoljub Sijakovic, Minister of Religion, Mr. Nebojsa Bradic,
Minister of Culture, rectors of all State Universities as well as
large number of citizens from Kosovo.
After the Liturgy, Princess Katherine delivered
humanitarian aid to the children of Kosovo.
Their Royal Highnesses then went to Gazimestan,
the place where the famous Battle of Kosovo took place in 1389. A
commemoration service was held for the fallen heroes of Kosovo. His
Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren greeted everyone and
announced His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander.
Crown Prince Alexander in his speech: “I won’t
talk today about things that we all know: That we are here on our
land. This is where our cradle is, our homes, our churches, our
roots, part of our history and part of our identity. I would like to
point out something else. This is where our people live, you and
your children, my dear compatriots. I deeply believe that your
grandsons and your granddaughters are going to live here. I hope
that they are going to live here under better and happier
circumstances. That they will grow up, study, and have their own
families and that they will be occupied by ordinary things and joy.
In the name of my wife and sons on this holiday I would like to wish
our children, grandsons and granddaughters to study, to work, to
live in peace with themselves and their neighbours, to share with
them ordinary joy and sadness. And that nobody attacks us because we
are different, and that we see nobody as our enemy because of any
The Crown Prince congratulated everyone for St.
Vitus Day, a very important religious and national holiday of the
Serbian people worldwide, marking the remembrance of the fallen
Serbian heroes at Kosovo. Crown Prince Alexander then laid a laurel
wreath at the Gazimestan monument.