A military ceremony followed by a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the King Carol I statue in Bucharest’s Royal Palace Square, on Tuesday, to mark the May 10 national holiday.
Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Radu, Princess Elena, Alexander Nixon, Princess Sofia and Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria attended the event.
Among the attendees was a group of monarchists, some dressed up in traditional folk costumes, waving flags with the royal insignia, placards with the portraits of King Michael and Princess Margareta, as well as tourists passing through the Royal Palace Square. “King Michael!,” “Long live the King!,” “Prince Nicolae!” were some of the phrases people chanted on the occasion.
The May 10 celebrations continued with the arrival of Crown Princess Margareta at the Peles Royal Castle in Sinaia. The Romanian Royal Flag was hoisted on top of the castle for the first time since 1947.
Moreover, Princess Margareta awarded later in the day prizes to the winners of the fifth edition of the Royal Marathon, event that was followed by a garden party and a royal concert.
May 10 marked 150 years since Carol I was proclaimed sovereign prince of the United Principalities and promulgated the Constitution of the indivisible state called Romania.
Appointed Custodian of the Crown, after His Majesty King Michael I retired because of serious health problems, Crown Princess Margareta was the one who read the Royal Family’s message on the May 10 celebrations.
“We celebrate together 150 years since Crown Prince Carol I took an oath of faith to the country. That same year, the Sovereign promulgated the constitution that defined our country as “a single indivisible state called Romania.” Those were the most difficult and blessed years in our history. Never again did we register more sacrifices and suffering, but never again did we have more development and freedom. During this century and a half, the Crown gave Romanians confidence and pride, example and encouragement, always pointing the way forward. Its beneficial influence on society was added from one generation to the next.”
“Kings and Queens contributed to the creation of modern Romania, to the construction of our civil society, politics, economy, education and culture. They served the nation’s interests with loyalty, love and faith. The Crown is a part of national identity and our King and country are today united through trust and respect.”
“The best way of showing our love for His Majesty King Michael is to be patriotic, to show civic conscience and to respect each other. The Royal Family will always be by the side of Romanians and will continue to do what it has always done: contributing to building a dignified, stable and prosperous Romania,” the Royal Family’s message reads.
Patriarch Daniel congratulates former King Mihai, royal family on 10 May
Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) Patriarch Daniel sent a congratulations message to former King Mihai I and the royal family on the Day of 10 May, with “warm wishes of good health, peace, joy and much help from God in all the good deed.”
According to the Romanian Patriarchate’s Press Office, the Patriarch’s message on Tuesday emphasizes “the good cooperation between the Romanian Monarchy and the Romanian Orthodox Church on religious, spiritual, cultural, town-like, educational and social-philanthropic levels.”
The Patriarch also mentioned that “150 years since Carol I has risen to Romania’s throne, at the Patriarchal Cathedral, the very spot of his oath to the country (in 1866) and of his crowning (in 1881), King Carol I, together with King Ferdinand I were remembered in a special service.”
“We thank God for all the gifts He lavished on the Romanian people through the bravery and wisdom of the kings of Romania, to whom we are paying a pious homage of gratitude. (…) At the same time, we wish Your Majesty and all of the Royal Family good health, peace, joy and much help from God in all the good deed. May you have a long, blessed life!”, the Patriarch concluded his message.
May 10, the former King’s Day and Romania’s Independence Day, was restored as a national holiday in 2015.