President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday sent a message 67 years after the forced abdication of Romania’s former sovereign King Michael I, noting that the King remains “a model of dignity and dedication.” The head of state pointed out that 67 years ago on Dec. 30, King Michael “was forced by the Communists and their allies to abdicate, under threat of weapons.”
“If today, a lot of decades after that event, His Majesty is regarded with so much respect and admiration by his people, this is a sure gain of the Romanian society of the last 25 years. So, I encourage you today to direct our thoughts to the King, who remains, for us all, a model of dignity and dedication,” Klaus Iohannis says in the message released on Tuesday by the PR Department of the Presidential Administration.
Before taking up officially the presidential prerogatives, the President Klaus Iohannis went to visit the Royal Family to celebrate King Michael’s 93rd birthday (photo) .
In these last days of 2014, The Royal Family has wished once again to thank to Iohannis for his gesture, and through the voice of Prince Radu, has stressed that this action of the President restores the role of the Royal House of Romania in the history. “Mr. President is the first who, in the first hours of his victory, has opened the gate of Elisabeta Palace before any other institutional steps. This shows better than any other gesture of someone, that the Crown Institution does not take the place of anyone … It is complementarily with absolutely any other form of political and administrative power that aims to strengthen Romania. It is a great joy to His Majesty that after 25 years, Romania has reached such a point. The event is very important for the whole nation…a large, national significance,” said Prince Radu in an interview granted to a local TV from Sibiu and posted on the Facebook page of the Royal House.