“Prince Alexander has the lineage and the palace — but he may never get to rule.

He has been a crown prince his entire life, turning grey as he waits his turn to take the throne.

As a fixture of the extended British royal family, he’s been there for all the big milestones, including, of course, the royal weddings.

He, too, is a descendant of Queen Victoria, but unlike Prince Charles — his friend and distant cousin — Prince Alexander of Serbia calls Queen Elizabeth his godmother.

And unlike Charles, Alexander isn’t guaranteed to eventually rule his kingdom. Officially, that kingdom no longer exists.

The complicated life of Crown Prince Alexander — son of the last king of Yugoslavia — is removed and yet in some ways, parallel to that of Prince Charles.” (CBC)