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Royal family lay wreath at Carol I statue in Royal Palace Square

Romania’s heiress apparent Princess Margareta, Prince Radu, Princess Maria and Prince Nicolae on Saturday, Royalty Day, laid a flower bouquet at King Carol I’s statue in the Royal Palace Square of Bucharest, Agerpres informs. Welcoming them at the statue’s site were hundreds of monarchists and members of the youth organisation of the extra-parliamentary Christian Democratic National Peasant Party (PNTCD), waving Romania’s flag bearing the royal coat of arms and shouting ‘Long live the king!,’ ‘Happy birthday to Princess Margareta and Prince Nicolae!,’ ‘King Mhai!’ and ‘The monarchy saves Romania!’. Starting at 17:30hrs, EEST, the garden of Elisabeta Palace hosted the 5th edition of a garden party, where invited to attend were representatives of all of Romania’s communities and trades, in the presence of the royal family. The Royalty Day events ended with a concert to celebrate May 10 performed by the Royal Chamber Orchestra at the Romanian Athenaeum in the presence of Prince Radu and Princess Maria. Romania’s Royalty Day, is a moment of national pride, a celebration of one of the strongest symbols of Romania, Prime Minister Victor Ponta wrote Saturday on his Facebook page. ‘Irrespective of whether we are republicans or monarchists, we are all Romanians, we share a common destiny and a responsibility of fulfilling it under stability and prosperity aegis. I want to thank the Royal Family for its openness toward the Government and their extraordinary contribution to Romania’s modernisation and development. Happy birthday to the Royal Family!’ reads Ponta’s Facebook message. May 10 has a triple significance in Romania’s history. On May 10, 1866 Carl I was proclaimed Romania’s king; eleven years later, the young Romanian state proclaimed its independence, while on May 10, 1881, Romania became a kingdom. King’s Day was celebrated from 1867 until 1947.

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