About a hundred supporters of the Monarchy – members of the “Ferdinand I” Association of Historical Reconstructions, volunteers of the Red Cross, scouts – came on Tuesday to the platform of the Baneasa Royal Station to attend the departure of the Royal Train, which will make a symbolic trip on the national holiday of May 10, when Romanians celebrate both the King’s Day and the National Independence Day.
The Crown Custodian, Her Majesty Margareta, and Prince Radu, together with Princess Sofia, will celebrate May 10, the King’s Day and National Independence Day, together with the inhabitants of the four counties they will visit. The members of the Royal House will be accompanied by Secretary of State Ion Popa from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and Alexandru Muraru, a special representative of the Government, members of His Majesty the King’s House.
Prior to the departure of the train, those present attended a military ceremony organized on the railway station’s platform, the success of which was given by the musical event staged by the Ministry of National Defence and the presence of soldiers of the 30th Guard Brigade “Mihai Viteazul.”
Alexandru Muraru told the press that, although this was not the first time when he attended such an event, he shared “the same joy and the same emotion.”
“I represent the Parliament and the Government of Romania here, but I am also very honoured, as a Romanian, to accompany the Royal Family on this historic journey. For the first time after 1947, Independence Day is celebrated on May 10,” said Alexandru Muraru.
Actor Eugen Cristea, one of the supporters of the Monarchy, told AGERPRES that this was for the first time when he took part in the departure of the Royal Train.
“It’s a beautiful return to a beautiful history, a return to elegance, education, good taste, good breeding, which warm one’s soul entirely,” said the actor.
The head of the Curtea Veche publishing house, Iren Arsene, who did take part in other previous trips on board of the Royal Train, said that the event was still a “unique” one.
“It’s unique. I’ve taken part in several Royal Train journeys before, but the dates were different. And here we are, this year, when the general situation is as we know it, here we are celebrating the King’s Day and the Independence in this manner. It’s unique, but we are glad to be together and not to forget that it is important we stay together in these difficult times,” Iren Arsene told AGERPRES.
Tudor Visan Miu, secretary of the Royal Youth Association, told AGERPRES that the Royal Train is “a way to bring the past to the present.”
“Referring to the Royal Train, it is an incursion into the past or a way to bring the Train into the present, because it symbolizes, from the moment of its construction, a unity between the Romanian provinces. This was its mission, to allow the Royal Family to travel in all regions of the country. And the fact that the Royal Train continues to travel reminds us of the whole of Romania – of course, as it is now – and of the facilitation of communication between people,” said Miu.
The Royal Train will stop in Ploiesti, Buzau, Braila and Galati. During the trip, the Royal Family will be with the volunteers of the Romanian Red Cross, the Royal Foundation Margareta a Romaniei, as well as with students awarded at the Olympiads, Invictus veterans, elderly and children who are benefiting from humanitarian, social, educational and cultural projects sponsored by Her Majesty.
The first stop of the train will take place in the Ploiesti Sud Station, at 12.10 pm, the second stop will be in the Buzau Station, at 1.31 pm, the third stop of the Royal Train will be in the Braila Station, at 3.24 pm, and the last stop – in the Galati Station, at 4.14 pm.
Public and media access is free to all such events. After the ceremony of arrival in Galati, the Royal Train will be open to the public for two hours.
On May 11, Her Majesty Margaret, Her Royal Highness Prince Radu and Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia will visit the headquarters of the Romanian Red Cross in Galati, from 11.00 am, St. Spiridon Children’s Day Centre – at 12.00 pm, and the Liberty Galati steel plant – at 1.00 pm.
Also on Tuesday, on the King’s Day, Princess Maria laid flowers at the bust of King Mihai I in the King’s Square and at the statue of King Carol I in the Royal Palace Square, Agerpres reports.
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