President Iohannis: Queen Anne’s simplicity, warmth place her among Romania’s symbols
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday morning went to Peles Castle in the mountain resort of Sinaia to extend condolences to the royal family; after about 15 minutes, he left the royal estate. He laid a wreath, lit a candle and wrote a message of condolence in the condolence book.
“My deep sympathy and regret for the passing of Queen Anne of Romania. The simplicity and human warmth of Queen Anne as well as her personal example of behaviour and loyalty place her among Romania’s contemporary symbols. In these highly sad moments, I want to extend my condolences to the entire royal family. May God rest her in peace!” Iohannis wrote in the condolence book opened at Peles Castle.
Welcoming Iohannis were Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, both of whom also saw him out.
Queen Anne’s body will lay in state in the Hall of Honour of Peles Castle until 18:30hrs.
In the evening, it will be driven to the Hall of Throne at the Royal Palace in Bucharest. There, a private Catholic prayer is scheduled for 20:45hrs, presided over by Bishop Ioan Robu in the presence of a representative of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church.
The burial service is scheduled for Saturday, 15:00hrs, in the narthex of the new cathedral of Curtea de Arges.
Members of diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest pay homage at Queen Anne’s bier
Members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest, including the ambassadors of Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, paid homage early on Wednesday at the funeral bier of Queen Anne laid at Peles Castle in Sinaia.
Laying wreathes were officials of the embassies of France, Jordan, Morocco, Italy, Germany, the UK, Israel, Canada, Austria, Japan, the US, Switzerland, Russia, Nigeria, the Czech Republic and the Vatican.
Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu sent a wreath and so did members of the diplomatic corps of the Romanian Foreign Ministry. Wreaths were also laid by representatives of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and by the Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca.
The Senate’s President, Calin Popescu -Tariceanu, the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker, Florin Iordache, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) national leader, Liviu Dragnea, and the co-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), Daniel Constantin, have also reached on Wednesday afternoon the Peles Castle in Sinaia, to pay a last homage to late Queen Anne and express their condolence to the royal family.
Moldovan President Nicolae Timfoti and wife came to the Peles Castel
The Republic of Moldova’s President, Nicolae Timofti arrived on Wednesday afternoon alongside his wife at the Peles Castle to pay a last homage at the bier of late Queen Anne.
The Moldovan state’s head laid a wreath and lit an icon lamp near the fountain on the castle terrace.
Photo: Daniel Angelescu, www.romaniaregala.ro