Kingdom of Serbia Association accepted the invitation from prof. Dr. Dragoljub Kavran, President of the Royal Rowing Club “Red Star” and member of the Crown Council, to attend the ceremony marking 95 years since the founding of the club, held on 3 June 2017. HRH Crown Prince Alexander, patron of the Association and the Royal Rowing Club, was the guest of honor on this ceremony.

In the delegation of the Kingdom of Serbia Association were: Mr. Uroš Parezanović, President of the Executive Board, Mr. Predrag Medenica, Vice president of the Executive Board for Vojvodina, Mr. Miloš Pavkovic, General Secretary of the Executive Board, Mr. Sasa Reljic, President of the Municipal Committee of Stara Pazova and members of the Royal Youth Belgrade, Ms. Kristina Ivljanin and Marija Mikic.

The ceremony started with the original national anthem “God of justice (Boze pravde)”, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander officially launched the new eight oared boat that bears the name of his grandmother, HM Queen Maria, the first patron of the club and great Serbian benefactor.

The celebration was attended by Mr. Dusan Kovacevic, the director of the rowing club “Belgrade – Red Star” Rowing Club, club members and numerous athletes, as well as the members of the Crown Council.

“It is nice to be with you today at the celebration of the “Belgrade – Red Star” Rowing Club. I am proud that your best boat will bear the name of my grandmother, Queen Maria. The relationship between Karadjordjevic family and “Red Star” rowing club is strong and it will always be strong. I congratulate you on your anniversary, and I wish you good luck”, said Crown Prince Alexander.

“Belgrade – Red Star” Rowing Club was founded in 1922 as a rowing club “Belgrade”, and in 1945 it changed the name and became one of the five founders of the sports association “Red Star”. When Princess Maria came to Serbia to be married to King Alexander, she approached Belgrade by boat and was greeted by the rowers of the “Belgrade” rowing club. Queen Maria became the patron of the club and this tradition after many years has been continued by her grandson Crown Prince Alexander.

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