The coffin with the body of King Mihai was brought on the ‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport on Wednesday morning 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 was taken by car to Sinaia, where starting at 14:00 on Wednesday, he was laid in the Hall of Honour of the Peles Castle.
Coffin with body of King Mihai I arrives at Peles Castle of Sinaia
The coffin with the body of King Mihai I arrived on Wednesday afternoon at the Peles Castle in Sinaia, accompanied by head of the Royal Family, the Romanian Crown Custodian, Princess Margareta, Prince Radu and members of the Royal Family.
The cortege was welcomed by the honor guard, consisting of mountain troops from a military unit in Busteni, as well as by a group of nine priests.
Draped in the national flag, the coffin was borne by eight servicemen with the 30th Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” and then was laid in the Peles Castle’s Hall of Honor.
President Iohannis: By everything he did, Mihai I put entire life in service of Romanian nation
“By everything he did, Mihai I has put his entire life in the service of the Romanian nation and will remain in the collective memory as a symbol of the Romanian people’s fight for freedom”, on Wednesday wrote President Klaus Iohannis in the condolence book at the Peles Castle.
“A true leader has left us, representing our country with honour, bravery and patriotism, during hard times, becoming a landmark of identity and solidarity for our nation: His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania. By everything he did, Mihai I has put his entire life in the service of the Romanian nation and served with self-denial, dignity and responsibility the country he was born in. The Romanians loved him, respected him and I’m certain he will remain in the collective memory as a symbol of the Romanian people’s fight for freedom,” the president wrote on Wednesday afternoon, when coming to pay his last tribute to the former sovereign.
Klaus Iohannis said the memory of King Mihai I will forever remain alive in the Romanians’ souls.
“In these sad moments, I send my condolence to the entire Royal Family. I am next to all of those who respect the memory of King Mihai I and who in these moments express their regrets for the passing away of one of the most prominent personalities of our history. I’m certain that the memory of King Mihai I will last forever alive in the souls of the Romanians. God rest him in peace,” the president also wrote.
Heads of Parliament, Government, ministers pay their last respect to King Mihai at Peles Castle
The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and several members of the Executive, arrived at the Peles Castle on Wednesday afternoon to pay their last respects to King Mihai.
Calin Popescu-Tariceanu laid a wreath in front of the main entrance of the Peles Castle, after which he entered the Hall of Honor, where King Mihai’s body is lying in state.
Liviu Dragnea laid a wreath in front of the main entrance of the Peles Castle, after which he entered the Hall of Honor and paid his last respects to the king. Later, the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies signed in the book of condolence.
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the delegation accompanying him from the Executive laid a wreath in front of the main entrance of the castle, after which they entered the Hall of Honor.
On Wednesday, representatives of the Presidency and Government of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the two countries’ Parliament, other representatives of the state institutions and of the diplomatic corps of the EU and NATO, other international organizations, and of the Romanian Academy presented their condolences at the Peles Castle.
Premier Tudose: King Mihai I will stay in Romanians’ memory as symbol of dignity, nobility
“King Mihai I will stay in the memory of Romanians as a symbol of dignity and nobility, by the way he has welded his destiny with modern Romania’s evolution”, Premier Mihai Tudose wrote on Wednesday on his Facebook page.
“King Mihai I will stay in our memory, the Romanians’, a symbol of dignity and nobility, by the way he welded his destiny with the evolution of modern Romania. His Majesty understood that the country’s place is next to the democratic states, fighting constantly in the past decades to promote Romania’s European and Euro-Atlantic interests. May God rest him in peace!” the Premier wrote.
Numerous representatives of state’s institutions and diplomatic corps extend condolences to Peles Castle
Numerous representatives of the state’s institutions and the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest extended their condolences on Wednesday to Peles Castle in Sinaia, where the coffin with the body of King Mihai I is laid.
Diplomatic representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, the Vatican and Morocco have arrived at Peles Castle on Wednesday afternoon. Among those who wanted to personally present their condolences were the Ambassador of the United States, Hans Klemm and the United Kingdom Ambassador, Paul Brummell.
Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mugur Isarescu, Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea and Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar also presented in person their condolences to the Royal Family. Representatives of the Romanian Academy, the Romanian Cultural Institute, Romania’s National Audiovisual Council or Romanian Gendarmerie were also present at Peles Castle.
Moldovan Parliament’s speaker paid his last respects to King Mihai
Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu, paid his last respects to King Mihai at the Peles Castle.
Andrian Candu laid a wreath in front of the main entrance of the Peles Castle, after which he entered the Hall of Honor, where he signed in the book of condolences.
The Moldovan official has sent condolences to the members of the Royal Family.
A delegation of Moldovan MPs was also present at the Peles Castle, including the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Chisinau, former Prime Minister Iurie Leanca.
Romanian servicemen at King Mihai’s funeral
National Defence Ministry (MApN) is participating with armed forces and capabilities at King Mihai’s funerals, in compliance with Law 215/2016 regarding official ceremonies and the Regulation on Military Honours and Ceremonies.
According to a MApN press release, as many as 11 servicemen of 30th Honour Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” were present Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva and at the repatriation ceremony at “Henri Coanda” International Airport, approximately 130 servicemen of the same Brigade ensured the Honour Guard.
As many as 90 servicemen of the 2nd Mountain Troops Brigade, the 21st Mountain Troops ‘General Leonard Mociulschi’ Battalion, of 30th Honour Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” and of the “Henri Coanda” Air Force Academy military music division participated at Peles Castle in Sinaia, in the military ceremony for the reception of the funeral procession.
Moreover, on the way from Peles Castle to the Bucharest Royal Palace and at the ceremony of the placing of the coffin on the catafalque and the condolence presentation, approximately 30 servicemen of 30th Honour Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” will be present. They will ensure by rotation, until Saturday, the permanent guard by His Majesty’s catafalque.
On Saturday, at the Bucharest Royal Palace, at the religious and military ceremony and during the transport to the Patriarchal Palace and Baneasa Railway Station, up to 300 servicemen (three honour detachments representing the Romanian Land Forces, Air Forces and Naval Forces and an honour detachment made up of pupils at “Dimitrie Cantemir” Military National College in Breaza), servicemen with 30th Honour Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” and MApN’s Representative Band who will ensure the guard at the catafalque, the Honour Guard and the military music.
At Curtea de Arges Monastery there will be approximately 200 servicemen of the Romanian Land Forces (the 33rd Mountain Troops Battalion and 2nd Mountain Troops Brigade) and of 30th Honour Guard Regiment “Mihai Viteazul” who will assure the Honour Guard and the military music and 50 servicemen with 76 mm calibre canons will fire a 21-gun salute.
Former sovereigns of Spain, Juan Carlos and Sofia will atend King Mihai I funerals on Saturday
The former sovereigns of Spain, Juan Carlos and wife Sofia will be present on Saturday at the King Mihai I’s funerals at Curtea de Arges, representatives of the Spanish Embassy in Bucharest told Agerpres.
UK’s Paul Brummell: Prince Charles arrives on Saturday for ceremonies in Bucharest in honour of King Mihai
Prince Charles will arrive on Saturday for the ceremonies in Bucharest dedicated to King Mihai, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest Paul Brummell stated on Wednesday at Peles Castle in Sinaia.
He affirmed that King Mihai was an important figure both for Romania and for the entire world.
We are with Romania in this mourning period (for Romania). King Mihai was an important figure both for Romania and for the entire world. He defied both Nazism and communism, he played a major role in modern Romania’s development. I am happy that there were close relations between the United Kingdom and Romania’s Royal Family and these ties still exist. For example, King Mihai actually lived in the UK in the ’50s where he met his future wife, Queen Anne during his visit at Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in the UK. Our thoughts are with Romania, the Romanian people and Romania’s Royal Family, Paul Brummell said.
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 was on Wednesday at 11:00hrs when the arrival of the coffin at the Henri Coanda International Airport was scheduled.
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.
On Saturday, 16 December, at 18:45hrs the burial ceremony of King Mihai I will take place in the New Cathedral at the Curtea de Arges. The ceremony will be private, in the presence of the Crown Custodian, the Royal Family of Romania and the members of the foreign Royal Families. The public will only have access in front of the entrance gate in the Arges Archbishopric park. The media will be allowed in front of the New Cathedral at Curtea de Arges.
Coffin with King Mihai’s body leaves Peles Castle for Bucharest
The coffin with King Mihai’s body left on Wednesday evening the Peles Castle and is to be brought to Bucharest and laid at the Royal Palace.
The coffin is accompanied by Margareta, the Romanian Crown’s Custodian, Prince Radu, and members of the Royal Family.
Upon departure, the 90 servicemen of the No. 2 Mountain Troops Brigade, of the 21st Battalion Mountain Troops “Leonard Mociulschi”, of the 30th Guard Brigade “Mihai Viteazul” and of the Air Force Academy’s military music saluted the king.
The coffin was borne by 8 servicemen of the 30th Guard Brigade “Mihai Viteazul”.
Starting at 21:00hrs, King Mihai will be laid in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest, where those who wish will be able to pay their last respects until 00: 00hrs.