Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia

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Crown Princess of Serbia
Crown Princess of Yugoslavia
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The Crown Princess at the celebrations of the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 18 June 2010
Born (1943-11-13) 13 November 1943 (age 72)
Athens, Greece
Spouse Jack W. Andrews
(m. 1962; div. 1984)
Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
(m. 1985)
Issue David Andrews
Alison Andrews
Full name
Katherine Clairy Batis
House Karađorđević[citation needed]
Father Robert Batis
Mother Anna Dosti
Yugoslav Royal Family
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HRH The Crown Prince
HRH The Crown Princess

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


Katherine was educated in Athens and Lausanne, Switzerland. She studied business at the University of Denver, Colorado and the University of Dallas, Texas. Princess Katherine worked in business for a few years in the United States.

On 25 November 1962, Katherine married Jack W. Andrews (died in Maryland in 2013). From that marriage she has two children, David and Alison. Alison has four children: Amanda, Stephanie, Nicolas and Michael; David has a son Alexander, born 1 March 2008.[1] Both Alison and David live in Greece. Princess Katherine has traveled extensively and has lived in Australia, Africa and the United States. Katherine and Jack Andrews were divorced on 7 December 1984.

Crown Princess Katherine 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.[2] Their best man was Constantine II of Greece, and the witness was Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, Crown Prince Alexander’s uncle.

The Crown Princess 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 of America 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 No. 885426403, Greece No. 998317860 and the United Kingdom No.1027278.

In 1991, the Crown Prince famously traveled to Belgrade with the Crown Princess and his 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.

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

Titles and honours[edit]


  • 1943–1962: Katherine Clairy Batis
  • 1962–1984: Mrs Katherine Clairy Andrews
  • 1984–1985: Ms Katherine Clairy Batis
  • 1985–2006: Her Royal Highness Katherine, Crown Princess of Yugoslavia
  • 2006–present: Her Royal Highness Katherine, Crown Princess of Serbia
    • official in Serbia: July 2001 – present: Princess Katherine Karađorđević

National honours[edit]

  • Ord.St.Sava-ribbon.jpg Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Sava- (Kingdom of Yugoslavia)
  • Flag of the Serbian Orthodox Church.svg Order of Tsar Constantine the Great (Serbian Orthodox Church)

Foreign honours[edit]

  • Sacro Militare Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio.png-Dame Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (Kingdom of the Two Sicilies)


  2. ^ Fam People

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Titles in pretence
Vacant — TITULAR —
Queen consort of Serbia
5 June 2006 – present
Reason for succession failure:
Title abolished, merger of Kingdom of Serbia into Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Title last held by
Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans-Braganza
Queen consort of Yugoslavia
21 September 1985 – 5 June 2006
Reason for succession failure:
Communists abolished the Kingdom in 1945, SFR Yugoslavia Breakup on 1992 and Federal Republic Yugoslavia split in 2006
Title abolished