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Over 3,000 people wished King Mihai I ‘Happy Birthday’

The gates of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest opened Friday 10.00 a.m. to welcome over 3,000 people who wanted to congratulate King Mihai I as part of a public celebration of his birthday and name day, according to Agerpres. Little before 10.00 a.m., hundreds of people holding three-colored flags were expected at the entrance. Others used “personal props” in the form of large flags with the royal coat of arms, pictures of King Mihai, and banners displaying various messages. At 11.00 a.m., King Mihai I could be seen on the Elisabeta Palace balcony accompanied by Princess Margarita, heiress to the throne, Prince Radu, and Prince Nicolae. King Mihai’s appearance was greeted with prolonged rounds of applause by the crowd who filled the Royal Family’s garden to the brim. The Royal Family stepped away from the Elisabeta Palace balcony on the notes of “Charles I March” and under the applause of the crowd. The King returned briefly to say hello to those who had come to congratulate him. People applauded, chanting “The Monarchy saves Romania” and “King Mihai” and waving miniature three-colored flags in honor of the Royal Family.
The Music Representative of the Ministry of National Defence performed on this occasion in the palace garden. Members of the Bucharest Gendarmerie Cavalry Detachment, led by Major Georgeta Petcu, took part in the event wearing parade uniforms.
Mihai I turned 92 on October 25 and he traditionally celebrates his birthday and name day on Mihai and Gabriel Saint’s Day.

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