Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia

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Princess Katarina
HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia.jpg
Born (1959-11-28) 28 November 1959 (age 58)
London, England
Spouse Desmond Lorenz de Silva
(m. 1987; div. 2010)
Issue Victoria Marie Esmé Margarita
House Karađorđević
Father Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia
Mother Princess Margarita of Baden
Yugoslav royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg

HRH The Crown Prince
HRH The Crown Princess

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 around the world.

Family[edit]

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. 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 Nikola 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 QC (born 13 December 1939) 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.

Career[edit]

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 has served as the president of the Guild of Travel and Tourism in the UK.

Dynastic honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[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. 
  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. 
  6. ^ Royal Family
  7. ^ King of Rwanda
  8. ^ [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