Queen Natalija Obrenović was born as Natalie Keşco in 1859, in Florence. Her father was a Russian Colonel Peter Keşco, while her mother was Princess Pulcheria of Moldova. She married Prince (later King) Milan in 1875 and they had a son Alexander (1976-1903). She was the Princess of Serbia from 1875 to 1882 and the Queen Serbia from 1882 to 1888. Natalija Obrenović died on the May 5, 1941, in the Abbey of Saint-Denis near Paris and was buried in the cemetery Lardy near Paris.
The Queen's conduct during the Serbo-Turkish war (1876–78), her selfless help to her subjects and the wounded and the birth of Prince Aleksandar in 1876, won her the affection of the people and she became one of the favourite ruler's consorts in Serbia. She will be remembered as one of the greatest benefactors of Belgrade University.