Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia

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Princess Katarina
Her Royal Highness Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia.jpg
Born (1959-11-28) 28 November 1959 (age 60)
London, England
Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva
(m. 1987; div. 2010)
IssueVictoria Marie Esmé Margarita de Silva
FatherPrince Tomislav of Yugoslavia
MotherPrincess Margarita of Baden
Yugoslavia royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg

HRH The Crown Prince
HRH The Crown Princess

HRH Princess Linda

HRH Princess Eva

  • HRH Princess Maria Tatiana
  • HRH Princess Lavinia-Marie
  • HRH Prince Karl Wladimir
    HRH Princess Brigitte
  • HRH Prince Dimitri Ivan

HRH Princess Barbara

HRH Princess Elizabeth

Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia (born 28 November 1959) is a member of the House of Karađorđević, the former ruling family of the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[1] She manages her own businesses and undertakes various commercial work internationally. She is also 98th in the British line of succession.


Katarina was born in London to Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, second son of Alexander I, King of Yugoslavia, and his first wife, Princess Margarita of Baden, the only daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden. Her father's dynasty having been deposed and banished from Yugoslavia after World War II, she grew up in exile, largely in England. She has one brother, Prince Nicholas of Yugoslavia, and two half-brothers, Prince George and Prince Michael. She is a first cousin of Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia.

In 1978, Princess Katarina was presented as a debutante to high society at the prestigious International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.[2]

She married Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva on 5 December 1987. They divorced on 6 May 2010. They had one daughter, Victoria Marie Esmé Margarita de Silva (born 6 September 1991 in London).

Family Pedigree

Katarina is distantly in the line of succession to the British throne as a descendant of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom.[3] Following the death of her mother in 2013 she became the senior female descendant of Queen Victoria, from whom she descends paternally through Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and maternally through Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine. As the granddaughter of Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, she is a grand-niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II.


Katarina works with the Prince of Wales's former butler, Grant Harrold, developing etiquette classes in the United Kingdom and the European continent.[4][5]

Katarina served as the president of the Guild of Travel and Tourism in the United Kingdom. She and Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff are the official royal patrons of the Queen Charlotte's Ball.[6]

Dynastic honours[edit]


  1. ^ Shaw, edited by Charles Kidd ; assistant editor Christine (2007). Debrett's peerage & baronetage : comprises information concerning the royal family, the peerage and baronetage (147th ed.). Richmond, Surrey: Debrett's. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-870520-80-5. Retrieved 20 January 2011.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Top 5 Debutante Balls of the world". Guest of a Guest. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "top 100 in line to the throne". Channel 4 News. 27 March 2009.
  4. ^ "but can we say toilet". Daily Mail. 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ "afternoon tea etiquette". issue. 3 November 2013.
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  7. ^ Royal Family
  8. ^ King of Rwanda
  9. ^ [1]

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Lines of succession
Preceded by
Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alfred, son of Victoria
Succeeded by
Victoria de Silva