King Mihai expresses in the traditional Christmas message to the nation his trust in the force of the young generation of Romanians, as well as respect to the elderly who offer “a lesson of courage and dignity.”
“Romanians, I addressed you for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1940. We crossed almost one century together and today we turn yet another page in our country’s life book,” is the beginning of the King’s Christmas message, as cited in a Royal House release to AGERPRES.
He expresses confidence in the force of the young generation to face the current challenges.
“The young generation knows what they want. With the honesty and passion of the young Romanians I trust we will successfully overcome these times,” says King Mihai.
As the year ends, his thoughts also “go to the elderly some of whom are alone, others are sick.” “They teach us a lesson of courage and dignity”, says King Mihai in his Christmas message.
He also conveys thoughts of encouragement and appreciation to healthcare, education and army workers, and expresses compassion to those who have someone beloved in suffering, and to the grieving.
“I send encouragement to those who work in hospitals and save lives. To those whose hearts are mourning and to those concerned for the health of their beloved, I send all my affection and compassion. I send a word of appreciation to those who teach in all schools across the country. Their stamina and modesty are an example for society. Our troops do their duty with honor, sometimes at the cost of their lives. They prove courage and professionalism,” King Mihai continues.
The former sovereign, who this year spends his holidays with Queen Ana in Switzerland, confesses that he is pleased to see that the Romanian royal family enjoys appreciation. “The Queen and I are less present in public, but we are glad to see that the Elisabeta Palace, the Peles and the Savarsin castles are full of life, that they gather thousands of Romanians and set a good example to society. Many institutions and organizations wish to carry a royal name or seek our patronage, and this pleases me greatly,” reads the quoted message.
“We are on now on the Eve of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our family, just as each and every family, has its share of joys, disappointments and worries. The example of love and faith given by the Family of our Saviour sits nicely along our day to day life. A lot has changed from two thousand years ago, but then again, much remained the same in the human world. I send the Romanians in the country, Basarabia and all over the world, a fatherly blessing, ” King Mihai concludes his Christmas message.