Thousands of people paid their last respects to King Mihai, on Friday, by noon, on the second day of national mourning. Among those who came to the Royal Palace in Bucharest was Lascar Duiliu Zamfirescu, a former schoolmate of the former sovereign, Agerpres informs.
Thousands of people of all ages continued on Friday to stand in several lines around the Royal Palace, waiting for more hours to pay their last respects to King Mihai.
Dressed in black clothes and holding candles and bouquets of flowers, people came to bid farewell to the former sovereign.
“I am very impressed (…) King Mihai meant all that is good. Let us remember everything the king said,” a lady from Bucharest said while crying.
To King Mihai’s catafalque came on Friday also Lascar Duiliu Zamfirescu, a former school classmate of the sovereign. Accompanied by his granddaughter, Ilinca Iordache, he paid his last respects to the king.
“I have a loss,” said Lascar Duiliu Zamfirescu grievously, adding that people should appreciate the modesty and decency of King Mihai.
In her turn, Lascar Duiliu Zamfirescu’s granddaughter mentioned that he knew King Mihai from the stories of his grandfather and the books she read.
According to her, Lascar Duiliu Zamfirescu and King Mihai spoke for the last time about a year ago and in the last few days his grandfather remembered his childhood memories. For her, King Mihai had qualities that the world does not realize. “The qualities of a rare, very rare man (…) I think he had a tragic destiny, but from which we all have to learn and the thousands of people coming out today to pay their last homage, I think in a way they are repairing a bit what has happened in recent years, though too late,” she said.
Paying his last respects to King Mihai on Friday was also Mihai Dima, First Deputy Chairman of the Romanian Association of Visually-Impaired People.
“It is a sad and emotional moment today (…) The history of the institutions for the visually-impaired people has the chance to bear the noble seal of the direct relationship with the royal family. The first establishment for the blind was created in 1906 in Romania by Queen Elisabeta, and the school and association that developed later have always had a close connection with the royal family. (…) For us, as Romanians, as visually-impaired people, this moment is one to express our gratitude and to pay tribute to a man who represented more than a temporal king, more than a king who lived a long time in exile, he was an institution, a standard of civilization to which we aspire, a standard of morality and patriotism,” said Mihai Dima.
To the Royal Palace came on Friday also the representatives of the Military Traditions’ Association, who laid a wreath.
“We represent the traditions of the Romanian Army from the Cuza period up to 1947. Today we are here to bring our salute and gratitude to our King Mihai I. We therefore support everything that the royal house means and the Romanian Army through its traditions,” said Liviu Burcea, representative of the association.
King Mihai I died on December 5, in Switzerland, aged 96. The funeral ceremonies started on Wednesday, when the coffin with the King’s remains were brought to the Peles Castle, in Sinaia, and then to the Royal Palace, in Bucharest. The last monarch of Romania will be buried in Curtea de Arges on Saturday.
Members of Royal Houses to participate in King Mihai funerals start to arrive on Otopeni Airport
Personalities and members of some royal families started to arrive on Thursday on the “Henri Coanda” International Airport, as of 10:00 am, to participate in King Mihai I funerals, official sources told Agerpres.
According to the sources, the following personalities are expected to arrive until midnight: Prince Charles, Princess Muna of Jordan, Baron Henri Estramant, Sheikh Rashind bin Khalifa al Khalifa from Bahrain, Princess Anne of Ligne, Chevalier Charles de Fabribeckers, Prince Eberhard of Wurttemberg, Archduke Dominic of Austria, Princess Irene of Greece, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Karl von Habsburg Lothringen, The Great Duke Henri of Luxemburg, the Archduke Martin of Austria and Archduchess Katharina of Austria, Prince Nikolaos of Greece, Queen Anne-Marie of the Greeks, the Crown Prince Leka II of Albania and Crown Princes Elia of Albania, Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein, Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoia, Great Duke and Great Duchess of Baden, the Duke of Braganza, Princess Chantal of France, Baron Francois-Xavier of Sambucy de Sorgue, Princess Tatiana Radzivill, the Great Duchess Maria of Russia, Prince Georg of Prusia, Crown Prince Alexandru II of Serbia, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz of Belgium and Archduke Georg of Austria.