Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be days of national mourning in Romania, declared so in memory of King Mihai I.
The decision was taken last week by the Government.
During these days, all institutions and central public authorities will fly the Romanian flag at half-mast. The same will do the political parties at their headquarters, the trade unions, employers’ unions, the educational and cultural institutions, the diplomatic missions of Romania, the border checkpoints, the airports, the ports, the train and bus stations, as well as the ships sailing under Romanian pavilion. And anyone else who flies the flag at his/her domicile or residence has the same obligation.
Moreover, television and radio stations, and also the cultural institutions must adjust their programme accordingly.
After King Mihai I died, the National Audiovisual Council reminded the radio broadcasters that they have the obligation to observe the fundamental human rights and liberties, the right to private life – as stipulated in the relevant legislation – and also to approach these moments with decency and responsibility.
Coffin carrying King Mihai I’s body, at Royal Palace
The coffin with King Mihai I’s body arrived on Wednesday evening, around 20:20, at the Royal Palace of Bucharest, where, until Saturday, people who admired the former sovereign can pay him a last homage.
The funeral procession was welcomed by hundreds of people who applauded. People chanted for minutes “King Mihai” and “Monarchy saves Romania.”
Hundreds of persons outside the Royal Palace brought with them portraits of the former sovereign, flowers and flags with Romania’s royal insignia in order to welcome King Mihai I.
The Victoria Road is cradled by Romania’s flags, bearing a black mourning band.
The funeral procession returned from Sinaia, where the coffin with the king’s body was laid for a couple of hours in the Hall of Honour of the Peles Castle.
President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, members of the Executive, Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber Liviu Dragnea, Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and members of the foreign diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest paid King Mihai I a last homage.
On its way to the Royal Palace, the funeral procession, that was hailed throughout the route by common people, passed under the Arch of Triumph.
Both the car carrying the royal crown and the car carrying the coffin of the former sovereign of Romania passed through the Arch of Triumph on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of people hailed him in the street and threw flowers throughout the route towards the funeral procession.
Immediately after the coffin with the king’s body was laid in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace, a private religious service was officiated.
King Mihai I died on December 5, aged 96, at his private residence in Switzerland.
The coffin with the remains of the former Romanian sovereign was brought to Romania on Wednesday.
According to the programme announced by the Royal House, all those who would like to bring flowers or say a prayer at the King’s catafalque can come to the Throne Hall at the Royal Palace on Thursday, 8:00 to 20:00 EET.
On Saturday, the former sovereign will be buried in Curtea de Arges.
Royal Palace is not closing gates Thursday through Friday night
The gates of the Royal Palace downtown Bucharest are not closing in the night Thursday through Friday, so that all of those who wish to bring a last tribute to King Mihai could do that.
The announcement was made by the Press Office of the Royal House.
Thousands of people of all ages on several lines are queuing as we report waiting to reach the coffin of King Mihai I. A lot of people are around the Royal Palace wishing to say good-bye to the King, and the queue is stretching on the Victoriei Road to Stirbei Voda Blvd. until the Palace Hall.
The coffin with the body of King Mihai has arrived in Bucharest coming from Sinaia’s Peles Castle, on Wednesday evening at rd 20:20hrs, at the Royal Palace of Bucharest where those who have admired the former sovereign could pay him their last tribute.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and King Juan Carlos I, attending King Mihai I’s funeral
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain and the Prince of Wales are among the Royal Families who will attend King Mihai I’s funeral.
“Besides Romania’s Royal Family, represented at the funeral of King Mihai I will be the Royal Families of the UK, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Jordan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania, France, Prussia and Portugal. Also represented will be the Imperial Families of Russia, Austria and Germany, the Grand Ducal Family of Baden and the Prince Family of Ligne,” the romaniaregala.ro website informs on Thursday.
Attending the funeral will be: King Simeon II of Bulgaria, King Constantine of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Muna of Jordan, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Crown Prince Alexander II, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, the Duke of Braganza, Prince Georg of Prussia, Archduke Karl of Austria, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, Crown Prince Leka II of Albania, Crown Princess Elia of Albania, Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa of Bahrain, Princess Rym of Jordan, the Grand Duke of Baden, the Grand Duchess of Baden, Princess Irene of Greece, the Duke and Duchess of Vendome.
The following have also confirmed their presence at the funeral: Archduke Dominic, Archduchess Maria Magdalena, Baron Hans von Holzhausen, Baroness Alexandra von Holzhausen, Archduke Georg of Austria, Archduke Martin of Austria, Archduchess Katharina of Austria, Princess Chantal of France, Baron Francois Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue, Princess Anne de Ligne, Knight Charles of Fabribeckers, Princess Tatiana Radzivill, Dr John Fruchaud.