Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, and Prince Radu were welcomed on Tuesday with the guard of honor by Vice-President of the French Senate Philippe Dallier, who accompanied them to the Luxembourg Palace, the seat of the upper house of the French Parliament.
At the beginning of the meeting, Philippe Dallier referred to the fire that devastated the Notre-Dame Cathedral Monday night.
We meet in a dramatic context that has disturbed all the French and perhaps the entire world, (…) these are more than just stones, these are works of art, said the Senate Vice-President.
He then evoked the Romania – France Season, saying that it allows strengthening the two countries’ connection which is very old, dating back to the First World War.
The tour of the Luxembourg Palace included the meeting hall of the Senate Defense Committee, the Library and the Palace Archives, as well as the plenary hall.
In the Library, Princess Margareta was shown volumes with portraits of King Ferdinand, old illustrations of the Danube, and, in the context of the Notre-Dame disaster, old drawings of the cathedral in a vintage volume. The Crown Custodian was also invited to admire the Library dome which was painted by Eugene Delacroix.
Crown Custodian Margareta and Prince Radu are on a visit to Paris and Reims from Monday to Friday, with visits to the Red Cross, the Louvre Museum and the National Olympic Committee included on their agenda.
The visit takes place at the invitation of the French authorities and comes 100 years after Queen Maria’s diplomatic and royal demarche to represent Romania in Paris in March – April 1919.