President Iohannis, Premier Ciolos on Wednesday to present condolences at Queen Anne’s death


President Klaus Iohannis will head for the Peles Castle on Wednesday morning, at 10am, to present his condolences at the death of Queen Anne.

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will present his condolences at 3pm, according to the agenda on the Government’s website.

Until Wednesday, at 6:30pm, the coffin with the body of late Queen Anne is laid in the Honour Hall of the Peles Castle.

On Wednesday officials are expected to arrive at the Peles Castle to present their condolences: representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, of the European Union and of NATO, of the international organisations, officials of the Romanian state, with the Presidential Administration, with the Presidency of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Romanian and Moldovan governments, members of the two countries’ parliaments. Expected are also representatives of the Romanian Academy, of the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, of the Orthodox Church, of the Catholic Church and of other religious denominations, too.


Coffin with Queen Anne’s body arrived in  Romania  on Tuesday at Henri Coanda Airport


The coffin with the body of Queen Anne arrived on Tuesday in Romania, at the Henri Coanda Airport of Bucharest.

Attending the welcoming and prayer ceremony were Crown Princess Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, Prince Radu, Princess Elena and her spouse Alexander Philips Nixon, Princess Sofia, Princess Maria and Princess Sofia’s daughter Elisabeta Maria Biarneix, presidential advisor Andrei Muraru, members of the Royal House.

From the Tarom airplane to the bier placed on the airport platform, the coffin covered with Queen Anne’s flag and flanked by two Knights of Malta was carried on the shoulders by eight soldiers of the 30th Guard Regiment “Michael the Brave”.

A Catholic prayer was delivered, presided over by Metropolitan Bishop Ioan Robu together with Iasi Roman Catholic Bishop Petru Gherghel and Auxiliary Bishop of Bucharest Cornel Damian, in the presence of the representative of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Patriarchate, Archbishop Nifon of Targoviste.

The coffin was then taken to the hearse and the procession set off for the Peles Castle – Sinaia.

The coffin with the body of the late Queen will be laid in state on Tuesday in the Hall of Honour of the Peles Castle until Wednesday at 18:30hrs, and on the evening of the same day will be placed in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Bucharest.

Crown Custodian Princess Margareta and the royal family will be present at the ceremonies in Sinaia.

Queen Anne will be laid to rest on Saturday, at 15:00 hrs, in the narthex of the New Cathedral of Curtea de Arges, in a private funeral ceremony attended by the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign royal families.

The late Queen died on August 1, at 13:45hrs at the Morges Hospital in Switzerland.


Nearly 1,400 police, gendarme officers, firefighters mobilised for Queen Anne’s funeral


Nearly 1,400 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters will be conducting specific public security and peace keeping missions for the funeral of Queen Anne of Romania.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry (MAI) says Interior Minister Petre Toba has ordered all the missions of the ministry’s departments be coordinated centrally through a national integrated command centre, asking for special attention to be attached to ensure incident-free travelling of the cortege as well as security at the venues, including providing emergency medical assistance to the public.

“To this end, nearly 1,400 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters will be mobilised, August 9-13, for specific missions, and additional stand-by resources will be provided in case of special incidents. (…) More than 960 police officers and gendarmes will provide public peace and order at the funeral venues (airport, Peles Castle, Royal Palace, Curtea de Arges City) as well as the areas to be traversed by the cortege,” reads the MAI statement.

Approximately 430 highway police officers will be steering traffic and make sure it will be fluid for a safe travelling of the cortege, including accompanying officers all along the route and imposing traffic restrictions where needed.

In order to prevent emergencies for the time of the funeral, especially in places where large numbers of people are expected, SMURD crews will be stationed for emergency resuscitation and extrication.

The Border Police have ordered the necessary measures to facilitate border crossing for all the participants in the funeral, including Romanian and foreign dignitaries as well as media people, says the MAI.

Minister Toba is quoted as having demanded full responsibility and professionalism in the management of the MAI departments’ missions related to the royal funeral, so that all the missions may be conducted incident-free.

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