Polirom Publishing House launches, today, in the presence of His Majesty King Mihai I and TRH the Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, the book “The King’s World”. The event will take place in the Lapidarium Hall of the Romanian National History Museum (12 Calea Victoriei), at 12:00. “The King’s World” – edited by Prince Radu of Romania – includes contributions from important politic, diplomatic, religious and cultural figures, all trying to sketch a portrait of the monarch.
According to a release by the Elisabeta Palace, 2011 is dedicated to King Mihai I’s 90 Years Jubilee, an event which will be marked in Bucharest, in May and October, by ceremonies and public manifestations. Today, the Royal House will mark the Romanian Monarchy Day by several ceremonies and public manifestations.
Thus, the King will meet, today, at Elisabeta Palace, the representatives of the Romanian Bikers’ Association, as this organization is to be offered the Royal House’s Glorious Patronage. Then, Mihai I, alongside the Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, will lay flowers at the King Carol I’s statue in the Palace Square. This afternoon, at 6pm, the King will be awarded “The Freedom of the City of London” distinction by the representatives of the “Guild of Freemen of the City of London”, a ceremony which will be followed by an official dinner. At the same time, the King will confer, tomorrow, the “Nihil Sine Deo” royal decoration to soprano Virginia Zeani, for exceptional merits as an ambassador of Romanian culture. Zeani is one of the great names of the world opera scene, coming back to Romania after an 11 years’ absence. Tomorrow night, the Elisabeta Palace will host an official dinner, marking the Romanian Monarchy Day, and, on Thursday, May 12, the King will host a garden party in the Elisabeta Palace garden, where about 2,000 guests, “leading representatives of local communities in Romania”, are expected.
Romanian monarchy day
May 10th traditionally marked the Romanian Monarchy Day. 142 years ago, in 1866, Prince Carol I was proclaimed “Prince of all Romanians”, and 15 years later, in 1881, Romania was proclaimed a monarchy. Festivities would start at dawn, with 21 salvoes, which announced the special importance of the day. This was followed by the Te Deum (the special mass to bless the day) at the Metropolitan Church and a parade along the boulevard, starting from the University Square, which included students, craftsmen and merchants, the military, mayors and county officials, all wearing folk costumes peculiar to the region they represented. In the evening, the Royal Family would go out amidst the people of Bucharest, to watch the flower battle on the boulevard and the fireworks display in Cismigiu, and military brass band concerts would take place in the Bishopric or St. George Park, in the Theatre or University Square. After World War II, the Romanian Monarchy Day ceased to be officially marked in Romania, being suppressed as the communists acceded to power.