The convoy carrying Queen Marie’s heart has started its journey towards the Golden Room of the Pelisor Castle in Sinaia. The departure from Bucharest was marked by a military ceremony held in front of the National Museum of Romanian History (MNIR).
The ceremony lasted fifteen minutes and attracted a few hundred people, some in traditional costumes, waving flags with royal insignia.
The heart of Queen Marie (1875 – 1938) was carried from the MNIR to Splaiul Independentei road by soldiers from the Mihai Viteazul Guard Regiment and was escorted by eight gendarmes on horseback.
The box carrying the heart of the British-born Queen was covered with the flags of Romania and of the United Kingdom. At the ceremony the anthems of both countries were played.
The event was attended by Princess Margareta, the eldest daughter of Romanian ex-sovereign Mihai, her husband Prince Radu as well as her sister Princess Maria. The Romanian Royal family will be joined by Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, grand-daughter of Queen Marie and daughter of Princess Ileana, her husband, Baron Hanns Ulrich von Holzhausen, as well as their son, Baron Johannes von Holzhausen.
The audience included representatives of Romanian and Modovan authorities, among whom Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Education Minister Sorin Campeanu, Culture Minister Ionut Vulpescu, Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin, the Mayor of Chisinau Dorin Chirtoaca, Romanian cultural and sport figures, diplomats and representatives of the civil society.
From the MNIR, the royal convoy left to Sinaia, where the heart of Queen Marie will be placed in the space it beat for the last time, the Golden Room of the Pelisor Castle. The ceremony will take place in the presence of the Royal Family, Government, Church and Army representatives.
Princess Margareta: May the path of Queen Marie’s heart’s return sooth the bereaved families
The Romanian Royal Family hopes the symbolic path of the returning of the heart of Queen Marie, also known as the Mother of the Wounded, will be a soothing to the bereaved families and a ray of hope to those fighting against deaths in hospitals after the tragic fire of Friday night at Colectiv club in Bucharest.
“In just some hours, the heart of Queen Marie will return to the place where it beat for the last time. ‘The Queen of Hearts’ was put to the test even after she died. Her heart wondered 75 of the 77 years that passed since the death of the Queen of Greater Romania. The Queen was also called the Mother of the Wounded, and our family hopes the symbolic path the heart will travel tomorrow will be a soothing to the bereaved families and a ray of hope to those fighting death in hospitals after the tragic fire that occurred in Bucharest. I am sure the Romanians will follow, closely or remotely, in one thought the heart of the Queen on its path to the Golden Chamber. The love of our fellow nationals for their Queen has crossed times and defeated eras of sufferings,” Princess Margareta says in a press statement released on Monday.