Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia

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Crown Princess of Yugoslavia
HRH The Crown Princess of Serbia.jpg
Katherine at the celebrations of the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 18 June 2010
Born (1943-11-13) 13 November 1943 (age 76)
Athens, Kingdom of Greece
Jack Walter Andrews
(m. 1962; div. 1984)

IssueDavid Andrews
Alison Andrews
Full name
Katherine Clairy Batis
FatherRobert Batis
MotherAnna Dosti
Yugoslavia royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg

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Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, also named Katherine Karađorđević (Serbian: Катарина Карађорђевић; née Batis, Greek: Μπατής; born 13 November 1943 in Athens), is the wife of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.


She is one of the two daughters of Robert Batis (1916-2011) and Anna Dosti (1922-2010). His sister is Betty Roumeliotis (née Batis). Katherine was educated in Athens and Lausanne, Switzerland. She studied business at the University of Denver, Colorado and the University of Dallas, Texas. She worked in business for a few years in the United States.

On 25 November 1962, Katherine married Jack Walter Andrews (1933-2013).[1][2] He was the son of Walter Andrews and Elizabeth Pifer.[3] From that marriage she has two children, David and Alison. Alison married to Dean Russel Garfinkel[4] and they have four children: Amanda, Stephanie, Nicolas and Michael;[5] David married to Angeliki Margariti and they have a son, George Alexander Michael, born 1 March 2008 in Athens, Greece.[6][7] Both Alison and David live in Athens, Greece. Katherine has traveled extensively and has lived in Australia, Africa and the United States. She and Jack Walter Andrews were divorced on 7 December 1984.

Her son David and her grandson Alexander are Godchildren of current President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.[8]

She met her second husband in Washington DC in 1984, and they were married in London, civilly on 20 September 1985 and religiously the next day, on 21 September 1985 at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Notting Hill. Their best man was Constantine II of Greece, and the witness was Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, Crown Prince Alexander’s uncle.[9]

She has dedicated much of her time to charitable activities since the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. She works in humanitarian relief, and is the patron of various humanitarian organizations including Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. In 2001 she established The Foundation of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine in Belgrade in order to expand her charitable works. In the United States the Foundation is a 501(C) (3) and registered as Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, donations are tax deductible according to the extent of the law. Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is also a registered charity in Canada N° 885426403, Greece N° 998317860 and the United Kingdom N° 1027278.

In 1991, the Crown Prince famously traveled to Belgrade with his wife and sons. They were enthusiastically greeted by hundreds of thousands of supporters, most of whom advocated making the Karađorđević family the head of a constitutional parliamentary monarchy.

On 17 July 2001, after the democratic revolution in Serbia, the Crown Prince, Crown Princess, Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip, and Prince Alexander took up residence in the Royal Palace in Belgrade.

Katherine speaks Greek, English, French, some Spanish, and now Serbian. She enjoys music, reading, cooking, theater and cross-country skiing.

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 13 November 1943 – 25 November 1962: Miss Katherine Clairy Batis
  • 25 November 1962 – 7 December 1984: Mrs. Jack Walter Andrews
  • 7 December 1984 – 21 September 1985: Mrs. Katherine Clairy Andrews
  • 21 September 1985 – Present: Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
  • in pretence: 4 February 2003 - present: Her Majesty The Queen of Serbia


National dynastic honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


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National awards[edit]

  •  Greece
    • Greek Society for the Maintenance of Traditional Architectural Heritage: Gold Humanitarian award.[18]


Personal arms of crown princess Katharine of Serbia and Yugoslavia

the red losange the white double-headed eagle in flight, both heads crowned with heraldic crown Serbia, beak, tongue and feet of gold on the chest eagle red shield with a cross to the edge between which are the coat working surfaces facing the vertical shaft baptism all white in bottom shield two golden lily. The shield is crowned with a crown of HRH King Peter I with a lily blue in the center.





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Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Draga Obrenović
as Queen consort of Serbia
Queen consort of Serbia
4 February 2003 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Title abolished, merger of Kingdom of Serbia into Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Yugoslavian royalty
Title last held by
Princess Maria da Gloria of Brazil
Queen consort of Yugoslavia
21 September 1985 – 4 February 2003
Reason for succession failure:
Communists abolished the Kingdom in 1945
Herself as titular queen consort of Serbia