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Royal Family unveils National Day program: trip by Royal Train, reception at Peles Castle to honor the Diplomatic Corps

Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, accompanied by Princess Maria and Prince Nicolae, will go on a symbolic trip by the royal train on December 1, Romania’s National Day, to pay homage to the sovereigns of the Greater Romania, King Ferdinand and Queen Maria of Romania, the Royal House reports in a press release. At the same time, Peles Castle will host on Saturday an annual ceremony to honour the diplomatic corps.

According to the schedule of the events unveiled on Friday at Elisabeta Palace, the Royal Train leaves Baneasa Station en route to Sinaia on Saturday at 10:00 am. Also invited to join in the trip are Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, the daughter of Princess Ileana, and his husband, Baron Hanns-Ulrich von Holzhausen.

During the trip, Princess Margareta and Prince Radu will entertain members of the diplomatic corps, public life figures as well as elderly and children who were helped under projects conducted by the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.

On Saturday, at 17:00hrs, Princess Margareta and Prince Radu will represent King Mihai I at the annual ceremony honouring the diplomatic corps. King Mihai delivered his first address to the diplomatic corps accredited in Romania in December 1940.

Attending the ceremony will be Princess Maria, Prince Nicolae and the apostolic nuncio.

A message from King Mihai I will be read out by Princess Margareta and Prince Radu in English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Czech. The event will be held in the Hall of Honour of Peles Castle.
After the ceremony, the diplomatic corps will be invited to a diplomatic dinner, a tradition of the Romanian Royal House since the 20th century. The brass band of the Henri Coanda Air Force Academy will stage a concert, informs Agerpres.


Memorial and TE DEUM services on Romania’s National Day in tribute to the country’s heroes


The churches in Romania and abroad, as well as the chapels of the Orthodox Schools of Theology will hold memorial and Te Deum services on Romania’s National Day, on December 1, in tribute to the heroes of the country who, 96 years ago, accomplished the Great Union of 1918. The celebrations are in line with the ecclesiastical tradition and with the decision of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

According to a release of the Romanian Patriarchy, a Te Deum service will be held at the Patriarchal Cathedral after the Divine Liturgy as of noon, on the National Day of Romania.

A memorial service for the heroes of Romania will also be celebrated in Bucharest, as of 8:00 a.m., at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol Park, the release also informs.


Nearly 20,000 Romanian Police officers promoted on Romania’s National Day


As many as 3,794 commissioned officers and 15,637 warrant officers, police officers and non-commissioned officers have been promoted in rank on the occasion of December 1, Romania’s National Day.

The promotion was performed earlier than the end of the minimum seniority requests in the case of police officers and defence personnel of the Interior Ministry (MAI) who were meeting other legal requirements.

Most of the promoted personnel work with the Romanian Police, namely 2,272 commissioned officers and 5,402 non-commissioned officers.

According to MAI, as many as 255 of the promoted commissioned officers and 4,570 non-commissioned/warrant officers work with the Romanian Gendarmerie; 200 of the promoted commissioned officers and 4,114 non-commissioned/warrant officers work with the General Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU) and 151 of the promoted commissioned officers and 1,025 non-commissioned officers work with the Border Police.

Under the legislation in force, Police personnel may be promoted to the next rank on the day of their units as well as on December 1, Romania’s National Day, and anytime in the year when exceptional merits are involved. At the same time, the defence personnel may be promoted in rank in line with special regulations before meeting seniority requirements, on the Armed Forces Day and the National Day.


National Day celebrated by the Navy…in five days


The Romanian Navy is celebrating December 1, Romania’s National Day, by military and church services as well as cultural and artistic events from November 27  to December 1.

The Romanian Navy reports that music, dance and poetry shows were staged and books were released in Constanta and Mangalia, with the events continuing on Friday at the Military Hall in Constanta with a symposium and a film gala, as well as a December 1 chess tournament.

The Military Hall of Mangalia hosts a book exhibition called the Greater Union, November 28 – December 8.

Romania’s National Day was celebrated today, November 28, at the Military Hall of Tulcea by a book exhibition called ‘The Greater Union – 96 Years,’ and a conference on the 96th anniversary of the union of Bucovina and Romania. On December 1, a symposium on the Greater union will be hosted by the same venue and a gala of historic films.
December 1 in Constanta will also be marked by a crossword puzzle contest.
On Monday, military ceremonies and church services will be held in all the Navy garrisons starting at 10:00am, with wreaths to be laid at heroes’ monuments in Constanta, Mangalia, Tulcea, Babadag and Braila.
At the Magalia garrison, a torch-lit withdrawal ceremony will be held after the military and church ceremonies. The Navy brass band will also attend.
In Bucharest, the Navy will also take part in military and religious ceremonies, including wreaths lying at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Carol Park and in a military parade in the Constitution Square with 250 service people and navy hardware.
On December 1, all military ships will be dressed overall.


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