The coffin with the body of King Mihai was brought on the ‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport at 11:00, aboard a Romanian Air Force aircraft.
The event was carried out in the attendance of the Royal Family head, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, Princess Margareta, Prince Radu and members of the Royal Family Irina Walker, Princess Maria, Nicolae de Roumanie Medforth Mills, Karina de Roumanie.
Also present at the airport were Foreign and Defence Ministers, Teodor Melescanu and Mihai Fifor, chief of General Staff Nicolae Ciuca, presidential adviser Andrei Muraru, National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban, representative of Patriarch Daniel, Metropolitan Bishop Nifon, Archbishop of Targoviste and Patriarchy Exarch, accompanied by a group of priests and deacons.
Alongside the former sovereign, on his last journey from Geneva to Bucharest, there were Princesses Elena and Sofia and Alexander Nixon, Secretary of State Victor Opaschi, Major General Laurian Anastasof, Romania’s Army representative, members of the House of His Majesty, and Metropolitan Bishop Iosif, who joined the Royal Family representatives and the officials who came to the airport.
After a brief religious service, the king’s body will be taken by car to Sinaia, where starting at 14:00 on Wednesday, he will be laid in the Hall of Honour of the Peles Castle.
Romanian Patriarchate : Bells of all churches countrywide will toll thrice for King Mihai
The bells of the cathedrals, monasteries and churches all over the country will toll in three distinctive moments within the religious services to be delivered on the occasion of King Mihai’s burial, the Romanian Patriarchate announced on Tuesday.
A first moment will be on Wednesday at 11:00hrs when the arrival of the coffin at the Henri Coanda International Airport is scheduled, says the release.
The bells will afterwards toll twice on Saturday – firstly at 12:30hrs at the beginning of the burial ceremony at the Patriarchal Cathedral, and secondly at 18:30hrs at the commencement of the entombment religious service at the New Archbishopric and Royal Cathedral in Curtea de Arges.
“Since the space of the Bucharest Patriarchal Cathedral is scarce so to receive all of the guests, the Royal House has asked the Romanian Patriarchate that inside the Cathedral and in the areas in its very vicinity to be granted access only to the Royal Family and a narrow number of guests, during the funeral service, on Saturday, 16 December 2017, from 12:30hrs to 14:00hrs,” the release sent by the Romanian Patriarchate Press Office reads.
Royal House: King Mihai burial ceremony to be officiated in Curtea de Arges Monastery Cathedral
The burial ceremony of King Mihai I will be officiated on Saturday in the Curtea de Arges Monastery Cathedral, after the coffin will be carried in a procession to the new Archbishopric and Royal Cathedral nearby, where the tomb is located, His Majesty’s Press Office announced.
According to a press release of the Royal House, on Saturday, at 14:40, the Royal Train with King Mihai’s body and the Crown Custodian and members of the Royal Family of Romania will leave the Baneasa Royal Station.
The Royal Train will arrive at 17:30 in Curtea de Arges Station, where the press and public will be allowed access.
The funeral convoy will then go from the station to the Archbishopric and Royal Cathedral.
At 17:50, the burial ceremony will take place in the Curtea de Arges Monastery Cathedral. At 18:20 the coffin will be carried in a walking procession to the new Archbishopric and Royal Cathedral, where the burial religious service will take place at 18:40.
The media will not be allowed inside the two buildings before or during the two funeral ceremonies.
The new Cathedral cannot be visited seven days after the funeral.