Sunday, December 17, 2017

Nicholas Medforth Mills has married in secret

Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mill's lawyer has confirmed that Nicholas and Alina-Maria Binder have married in a civil ceremony.  The date and place of the wedding has not been made public.

The couple will marry in a Romanian Orthodox ceremony in the summer of 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

King Michael and his American grandchildren

Although Michael and Angelica Krueger are unable to attend their grandfather's funeral, they did sent a wreath, which can be seen on display outside the Royal Palace.  (I hope to be able to share a photo of it, as I have asked the photographer about it.)

Here is a selection of photos taken in Bucharest in 1998 by Raymond Reuter.


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Prince Philip talks about his cousin, King Michael



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In October 2016,  Prince Philip spoke to a Romanian filmmaker about his cousin, Michael. 

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King Michael - scenes from the first two days

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Thousands wait in line to pay respects to Michael

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 The line outside the Royal Palace on Calea Victoriei  began to grow even before the hearse carrying the the coffin of the late King Michael left Castle Peles for the two hour drive to Bucharest.

King Michael will lie in State in the Throne Room at the Royal Palace through Saturday morning.

By Thursday evening tens of thousands of people have come through the palace doors to their respects to their much loved and respected King, who was forced to abdicate on December 30, 1947.

The Royal House's press office announced that the palace will remain open throughout Thursday night and will remain open until 10:00 p.m., on Friday.

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The Romanian philosopher Mihail Sora was the first to enter the Hall of Thrones on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.  He left a message in the book of condolences. "Deeply grieved, to the death of the King of my heart."

One woman said "I came tonight and I will do it in the next few days.  For King Michael, especially for Michael. For the example that remains to us, the Romanian people."

King Simeon of the Bulgarians,  accompanied by Crown Princess Margarita and her husband, Prince Radu, came to the palace to pay his respects to the late king.

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People have placed candles, flowers and messages outside the palace.

http://adevarul.ro/news/eveniment/la-capataiul-regelui-cateva-secunde-ajunga-lumea-1_5a32b5195ab6550cb832b953/index.html


The official guest list for Michael's funeral


Here is the official guest list for the funeral of King Michael.

TM The King and Queen of Sweden

HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg

TM King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain

HRH The Prince of Wales

HM King Simeon of the Bulgarians

HM Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes

HRH Princess Muna of Jordan

TRH Princess Astrid & and Prince Lorenz of Belgium

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia

HRH The Duke of Braganza

HRH  The Duke of Vendome

HI & RH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia

HI & RH Archduke Karl of Austria

HI & RH Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

TRH Crown Prince Leka II and Crown Princess Elia of Albania

His Excellency Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa of Bahrain

HRH Princess Rym of Jordan

HRH & HI & RH the Margrave and Margravine of Baden

HRH Princess Irene of Greece

TI & RH Archduke Dominic and Archduchess Emmanuella of Austria

HI & RH Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria and Baron Hanns-Ulrich von Holzhausen

Baroness Alexandra von Holzhausen, Mrs. Ferch

HI & RH Archduke Georg of Austria

TI & TH Archduke Martin and Archduchess Katharina of Austria

HRH The Prince of Venice

HRH Prince Nikolaos of Greece

HRH Duke Eberhard of Württemberg

HRH Princess Chantal of France and Baron Francois-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue

HSH Princess Anne de Ligne and  Chevalier Charles de Fabribeckers

HSH Princess Tatiana Radzivill, Mrs. Fruchaud and Dr. Fruchaud


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Of course Elizabeth knew Philip

I just read a comment on a royal forum that had me shaking my head in disbelief:  Elizabeth barely knew Philip when they were children.  Whaaaaaaaat?

The future Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark have known each other for nearly their entire lives.

The Duchess of York gave birth to a daughter on April 21, 1926.  On that day,  the Crown Princess of Sweden, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven and Princess Andrew of Greece visited King George V and Queen Mary at Windsor Castle and they stayed for lunch.  I have no doubt that the king and queen and their guests toasted the health of the newborn iprincess.  It seemed unlikely that the king and queen or their guests would have considered that  Princess Andrew's young son, Philip, would marry the princess who was born on the day that his mother and grandmother had lunch with the baby's  paternal grandparents. 



Two years later,  Princess Andrew's son, Prince Philip, then seven years old, was sent to London to attend Cheam School.  He lived with his maternal grandmother, Victoria, the Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven and with his maternal uncle, George, the 2nd Marquess of Milford of Haven.  Uncle George was named as Philip's guardian, but Philip probably spent more time with Sir Harold and Lady Zia at their country home.

Lady Zia's younger sister, Nada, was married to George Milford Haven.  They were the daughters of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia whose morganatic marriage to Countess Sophie von Merenberg, sent him into exile and saved his life.  The Grand Duke and his wife were mainstays of London society and lived for many years at Kenwood House in Regent's Park.   The Russian Revolution led to the loss of Michael's massive income from his own estates and he and Sophie were forced to downsized.  King George V was one of several family members who helped out financially.

The Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg, who was Sophie's uncle, created her as Countess Torby after her marriage.  This title was also used by her three children: Michael, Anastasia (Zia) and Nadejda (Nada).

It was imperative that the young Countesses Zia and Nada marry well.  Zia certainly did that when on July 20, 1917, she wed Major General Harold Wernher, son of the German-born financier, Sir Julius Werhner, Bt whose fortune was made in the South African diamond minds.  Two months after the wedding, King George V accorded Zia the style and precedence of a daughter of an earl.  This was done by Royal Warrant.   In 1948,  Harold succeeded his brother, Derrick as the third Baronet.

The Milford Havens had two children, Lady Tatiana (1917-1988), who was mentally disabled, and David, then styled Earl of Medina (1919-1970)

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The 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven was a career officer in the Royal Navy.  UIn 1916, he received the KVCO and in 1932 received the GCVO (Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.  He was also an accomplished mathematician.   Queen Elizabeth II once said of her cousin that "he was one of the most intelligent and brilliant of people."      He died in 1937 in bone cancer.

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Sir Harald and Lady Zia were the parents of three children: Alex (1918-1942), Georgina (1919-2011)  and Myra (1925)

Lord Milford-Haven's younger brother, Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife the Hon. Edwina Ashley,  were the parents of two daughters,  Patricia (1924-2017) and Pamela (1929).

The cousins were part of a childhood social circle that also included Prince Philip, who of course, was a first cousin to Lady Tatiana,  Lord Medina and Patricia and Pamela Mountbatten.

This social circle also included TRH Princesses Elizabeth (1926) and Margaret Rose (1930-2002) of York.

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Alex Wernher was very much a mentor and an older brother to Prince Philip.

The future Queen was very fond of Lady Zia as both shared a great love for racing. 

The parents all moved in the same social and court circles.  At Ascot, for example, in 1924,  the Duke and Duchess of  York were in the Royal Box, along with Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught, Lord Carnegie and Lady Maud Carnegie, Princess Andrew of Greece with her two eldest daughters,  Princess Margarita and Theodora, the Marchioness of Cambridge, Lady Helena Gibbs, the Marquess and Marchioness of Worcester, Lady Zia  Wernher and her father, Grand Duke Michael of Russia and King Manoel and Queen Augusta Victoria of Portugal.

Gina Wernher was a lifelong friend of the Queen and Prince Philip.  She married twice, first to Harold "Bunny" Phillips,  Lady Louis Mountbatten's discarded lover, and after his death, she wed Sir George Kennard, Bt.   Lady Kennard was one of Prince Andrew's godparents.   Two of her daughters,  Sasha and Natalia, married the Dukes of Abercorn and Westminster, respectively.  Tally Westminster is the godmother of Prince William and her son, Hugh, the current duke, is Prince George's godmother.

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were among the guests at the wedding in November 1946 when Myra married David Butter at St. Margaret's, Westminster.  Their son, Charles, has been a close friend of Prince Andrew's since childhood.
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In 1933,  Prince Philip's family -- he was raised by committee, it seems -- decided to send him to the Salem School, which was owned by the Margrave of Baden, who was married to Philip's sister, Theodora.  The decision to send Philip to Salem was due to economic reasons. No worries about school fees when your uncle owns the school.   But after only two terms at Salem,  Philip was back in the United Kingdom.  He was sent to Gordonstoun in Scotland, which was run by Kurt Hahn, the former headmaster at Salem, who had fled Germany as he was Jewish.

Yes, Philip would continue to visit his family in Germany.  In September 1937, joined his grandmother, Victoria, at Schloss Wolfsgarten, near Darmstadt, where he spent time with his sister, Cecilie,  her husband, Georg Donatus "Don", the Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and their three young children, Ludwig, Alexander, and Johanna. 

Victoria had spent most of the summer at Wolfsgarten caring for her younger brother, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, who was looking forward to traveling to London in mid-October for the wedding of his younger son, Prince Ludwig, to Margaret Geddes, the daughter of a British diplomat and former Ambassador to the United States.   The wedding was slated for mid-October, but following Ernie's death on October 9th,  the wedding date was moved to November 20, 1937.

Back at school in Scotland,  Philip received a letter from his grandmother, writing from Kensington Palace,  telling him that he was expected to attend the wedding that Saturday. 

Early afternoon on November 16, 1937,  Don, Cecilie, Ludwig and Alexander, Eleonore, the Dowager Grand Duchess, and several other people, boarded a plane bound for Brussels, then London.   Due to heavy fog,  the pilot was advised to land at Ostend.   The experience pilot, who often flew planes for the King the Belgians, should have gone straight to London.  As he approached Ostend, also engulfed in fog, he was only able to see one one of the flares, as the other two failed, as he tried to approach the airport.   One of wings of the plane clipped a chimney.  The plane crashed to the ground and burst into flame.  It took hours before it was safe enough to approach the wreckage. Everyone on board had been killed instantly.   There would be one more victim: the body of a newborn infant.   Cecilie was due to give birth shortly before Christmas.

Gordonstoun's headmaster broke the news to the 16 year old Prince Philip.   The wedding of Prince Ludwig and Margaret Geddes took place privately on November 17th.  The newlyweds spent their honeymoon identifying the remains, preparing for a funeral and adopting their niece, Johanna Marina, who died in 1939 from meningitis.

Prince Andrew came to London to accompany his son to the funeral in Darmstadt.  It was the first time Alice and Andrew had seen each other in several years.

Thus,  Philip and Elizabeth certainly met as children at parties and other events at Lynden Manor or Luton Hoo.  It is no coincidence that for many years the Queen and Prince Philip spent their wedding anniversary at Luton Hoo.

They began corresponding in 1939 after Princess Elizabeth, along with Margaret, accompanied their parents on an official visit to Dartmouth, where Prince Philip, a student, was asked to give the young princesses a tour.

In 1941, Sir Henry Channon, known as Chips, was in Athens, where he met a member of the Greek royal family at cocktail party, where the conversation turned to Prince Philip. "He is extraordinarily handsome, and I recalled my afternoon's conversation with Princess Nicholas. He is to be our Prince Consort, and that is why he is serving in our Navy."

Princess Nicholas -- Grand Duchess Helen of Russia -- was the mother of the Duchess of Kent.

Another connection between Philip and the Queen took place in November 1934 when Philip's first cousin, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, married Elizabeth's uncle, Prince George, the Duke of Kent.  Philip attended the wedding and Princess Elizabeth was one of the bridesmaids.  (Marina's older sister, Olga, was married to Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, one of the regents for the young King Peter II, whose father, King Alexander I, had been assassinated in late October.  In England,  Paul moved in the same social circles at the Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and he was thought to be one of her suitors.]


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So, yes, Philip and Elizabeth knew each other from childhood, but their romantic relationship did not develop until the mid 1940s.  Their childhood friends (who were also cousins) --the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Lady Pamela Hicks, Lady Kennard and Lady Butter remained (and remain for Lady Pamela and Lady Butter) close friends of the Queen and Philip.   Alex Wernher was killed in the second world war.   David, the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven served as Philip's bestman, soon his blotted his copybook and fell out of favor with his first cousin.  He died in 1970, suffering a heart attack at Liverpool Street Station.

The focus tends to be on George VI and Elizabeth and their daughters and their family, but do not realize that there were was as wider circle of friends and family.  Philip's grandmother, Victoria, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had a grace and favor apartment at Kensington Palace, given to her by George V after the death of her husband in 1921, until her death in 1950.


One of the best sources for the Wernher family  is the book, Grand Dukes and Diamonds.




Tim Heald and Philip Eade's biographies of Prince Philip provide more information about his early life.  My article on Alex Wernher A Close Friend of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was published in the Winter 2016 issue of Eurohistory, the European Royal History Journal.  A forthcoming issue will feature another article - Hessian Endings -November 16 - which includes coverage of the crash.


http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2011/05/georgina-lady-kennard.html

UPDATED: funeral program for King Michael

December 12, 2017
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household


Program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania


The Press Office of the Romanian Royal Household has been authorised to transmit the following updates regarding the program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania for Saturday, December 16, 2017 and the journey with the Royal Train:

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Otopeni Airport, whence it will be conveyed by hearse to Pelesh Castle. The event will take place in the presence of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and the members of the Romanian Royal Family, representatives of the Romanian Government and of the Orthodox Church and members of the Royal Household. The press will have access to the ceremony. Members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour at Pelesh Castle. During this interval, the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family will be in Sinaia. The timetable for officials visiting Pelesh Castle to convey their condolences is as follows:

- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Presidential Institutions of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Parliament of Romania and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Representatives of institutions of the Romanian State (National Bank, city and town halls, schools and universities, central and local institutions).
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the European Union, N.A.T.O., and international organisations.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Representatives of the Romanian Academy and the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and other religious institutions.

Access to Pelesh Castle will be on the basis of the lists communicated in advance to the Royal Protocol by the aforementioned institutions by e-mail at ofiter.protocol@palatulelisabeta.ro.

Members of the public will not have access to the Hall of Honour while the coffin lies in state at Pelesh Castle. The press will have limited access to the Hall of Honour.

Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 6.00 p.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken from Pelesh Castle and from 8.30 p.m. will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony of the arrival of the coffin in the Throne Room will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access.

All those who wish to lay flowers and to say a prayer at the catafalque of His Late Majesty King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, between 9.00 p.m. and midnight, Thursday, December 14, 2017, between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and Friday, December 15, 2017, between 08.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Entry will be free for everybody. The press will also have access.

Those coming to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are asked to abide by the following rules:

They should be dressed appropriately, in dark colours.
They should not be carrying shopping bags, other kinds of bags, or bulky luggage of any kind.
They should not be accompanied by children below the age of seven or by wheeling pushchairs.
They should not use cameras or mobile telephones or any other electronic devices. Out of respect for the solemnity of the occasion, it will be forbidden to film or take photographs.
They should have their identity cards with them.
Members of the public will not be allowed to lay flowers at the catafalque personally. Flowers shall be laid in the garden in front of the Royal Palace or on the pavement in front of the Palace railings. The staff of the Royal Household will be on hand to advise the public.
Those coming to the catafalque are asked not to bring books, letters, postcards, stamps, documents or photographs with them. These may be sent by post to the Elisabeta Palace after the event.
It is strictly forbidden to smoke or to use mobile telephones within the precincts of the Royal Palace.
They should cooperate with the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs during the security checks that will be carried out in the garden and inside the Royal Palace.
Running in the perimeter is strictly forbidden.
They should respect the program of activities and the travel route set by the organizers and the instructions of the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


A first-aid post will be in service during the period of access to the Royal Palace.

At 10.25 a.m., on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.

At 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square, in front of the Palace. A military and religious ceremony will be held. The public will have free access to Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. The press will also have free access.

At 11.10 a.m., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. The funeral cortege will include, a part from the Royal Family, servicemen and women from the Ministry of National Defense and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

Between 11.30 a.m. and 12.45 p.m., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

Between 12.50 p.m. and 2.00 p.m., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. The press and members of the public will not have access.

At 2.00 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucureşti – Ploieşti Av.

At 2.40 p.m., His Majesty’s coffin will be transported in the Royal Train to Curtea de Argeș.

In the Royal Train will travel the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family of Romania. The press and public will have access in front of Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

The Royal Train will travel at low speed through the following cities: Chitila (2.51 p.m.) – Titu (3.41 p.m.) – Pitești (4.46 p.m.). All those who want to pay their respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are welcomed in the railway station of their city. 

The Royal Train will arrive at Curtea de Argeş Railway Station, at 5.30 p.m. The funeral cortege will travel from the railway station to Curtea de Arges Cathedral. The press and public will have access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

At 5.50 p.m., His Late Majesty’s burial service will take place in Curtea de Argeș Cathedral. At 6.20 p.m. His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken to the New New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral in a procession. The burial will end at 6.40 p.m. 

The ceremony will be attended only by the Custodian of the Crown, the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign Royal Families. The public will not be allowed past the front gates of the Park of the Curtea de Argeș Monastery.


The press will not be allowed inside the New Cathedral, either before or during the burial ceremony. The New Cathedral will be closed to visitors during the seven days following the funeral.

The Royal Family announces heavy mourning for 40 days and mourning for the first three months after the day of His Late Majesty’s passing.

For further details, please contact the Royal Secretariat and the Press Office by e-mail at secretariat-regal@palatulelisabeta.ro and by phone at +40 21 319 09 72.

Books of condolence are open at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei), and Elisabeta Palace. The public will be able to sign the books of condolence for forty days after the date of the decease.

Messages of condolence may also be left online, at the following address: http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/ 

Confirmed guests for King Michael's funeral




As of Tuesday morning, the confirmed royal guests for King Michael's funeral are:

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HRH The Prince of Wales

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 TM King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain
HRH The Grand Duke of Luxembourg
TM King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
HM Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes
HRH The Margrave and H& RH Margravine of Baden
TRH Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium
HRH Princess Muna of Jordan

Monday, December 11, 2017

The funeral of King Michael - details

Funeral of King Michael I of Romania 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Saturday, December 16, 2017

I have edited the press accreditation email that I received earlier today with details about the funeral. 

The Romanian National Television (TVR) is the official broadcaster of the funeral.

Henri Coanda International Airport – Bucharest, Official Lounge
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11 A.M.

At 11 A.M., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport (Official Lounge) where a short religious service will be held.

Pelesh Castle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 P.M. – 6 P.M.
From 2 P.M. to 6 P.M., the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour of Pelesh Castle.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live from Pelesh Castle. Only the photographers will have access inside the Castle.

Royal Palace, Throne Hall
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 9 P.M. – 12 A.M.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 and Friday, December 15, 2017 – 7.00 A.M – 10 P.M.

At 8.30 P.M., His Late Majesty’s coffin will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access during the ceremony. Access will be granted afterward, from 9 P.M. to 12 A.M.
Also, all those who wish to lay flowers and say a prayer at the catafalque of King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 8 A.M. to 10 P.M.


Royal Palace, Throne Hall and Royal Palace Square
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 10.25 A.M. – 11.30 A.M.

At 10.25 A.M., a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.
At 10.55 A.M., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square. A military and religious ceremony will be held. 
At 11.20 A.M., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. At 11.30 A.M., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Throne Hall. 
The press will have free access only in the Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. 

Patriarchal Cathedral
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 12.45 P.M. – 2 P.M.

From 12.45 P.M. to 2 P.M., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania.
From 2 P.M, the funeral cortege will travel to Baneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucuresti – Ploiesti Av.

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Cathedral. 

Baneasa Royal Railway Station 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 
2.40 P.M. – The Royal Train departure to Curtea de Arges

The press will have free access in front of Baneasa Royal Railway Station.

Curtea de Arges Railway Station 
Saturday, December 16, 2017 
5.30 P.M. – The Royal Train arrival to Curtea de Arges

The press will have free access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

Curtea de Arges Cathedral
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 5.45 P.M. – 6.40 P.M.


5.45 P.M. – The Funeral Cortege arrives in front of Curtea de Arges Cathedral. King’s Michael coffin will be laid on a catafalque in the Cathedral.
5.50 P.M. to 6.20 P.M. – Short religious service inside the Cathedral.
6.20 P.M. to 6.30 P.M. – Funeral procession from the Cathedral to the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral. 
6.30 P.M. to 6.40 P.M. – Burial of His Late Majesty King Michael. The burial will be private. No media access. 

The Romanian National Television will broadcast live the ceremony from the Cathedral. 

Speech of Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown at the Solemn Session of the Romanian Parliament, 11 December 2017



Speech of Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown at the Solemn Session of the Romanian Parliament, 11 December 2017


Mr President of Romania,
Chairmen of the Senate and the Chamber,
Mr Prime Minister,
Your Beatitude, Your Eminence,
Ladies and gentlemen senators and deputies,
Your Excellencies,


The solemnity we participate in is organized to pay tribute to our King, so loved by the Romanian people and admired by the whole world. But the meaning of today’s distinguished assembly has deep roots in 150 years of modern history, full of tragic, as well as uplifting pages.

I lost, as it had the entire nation, a parent. In these difficult moments, we are united in our suffering.

The goodness and forgiveness of my father defeated all the evils of the last century. His wisdom assured the continuity of our country in moments of tragedy and unbearable suffering last century. Even when our King was far away from his country, Romanians saw him as a beacon. For almost a century, King Michael was part of the Romanian state fabric.

A new time starts for the Royal House. With the same values and principles as my father, I will continue to serve the fundamental interests of Romania. Like King Michael, I will devote my work to the Romanians from all over the world.

The Crown will continue to do everything possible, alongside the fundamental institutions of the State, for the country’s progress, in the European Union and NATO. The King has always believed it is our duty to be an integral part of such efforts.

Besides our activities for strengthening Romanian communities, and our charitable projects, my Family and I will continue, along the state institutions, to promote Romania’s true image and her interests globally.

The countries of the world need to know better what Romania achieved in 150 years, as a modern state, what we managed to build in the century that passed from the Great Union and what we accomplished after the fall of communism. Looking back, we can be proud of the progress of our nation.

In my parents’ heart there has always been a “tomorrow”. With the thought of that “tomorrow,” I am grateful to you for today.

So help us God!



Margareta,
Custodian of the Romanian Crown

https://youtu.be/sbs4NG1ud8g

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Updated: King Michael's funeral program

December 9, 2017
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household


Program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania


The Press Office of the Romanian Royal Household has been authorised to transmit the following updates regarding the program of the funeral of
King Michael I of Romania:


On Saturday, December 16, 2017, after the military and religious service in the Royal Palace Square, His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and will travel to the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

After the funeral mass that will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania, His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be placed inside the hearse and the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will be transported from Bucharest to Curtea de Argeş in the Royal Train.

Please find below the updated program of the funeral of King Michael I of Romania.

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 11.00 a.m., His Late Majesty King Michael’s coffin will arrive at Otopeni Airport, whence it will be conveyed by hearse to Pelesh Castle. The event will take place in the presence of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania, Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and the members of the Romanian Royal Family, representatives of the Romanian Government and of the Orthodox Church and members of the Royal Household. The press will have access to the ceremony. Members of the public will not have access.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the King’s coffin will lie in state in the Hall of Honour at Pelesh Castle. During this interval, the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family will be in Sinaia. The timetable for officials visiting Pelesh Castle to convey their condolences is as follows:

- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: The Presidential Institutions of Romania and the Republic of Moldova, members of the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova, members of the Parliament of Romania and the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
- 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Representatives of institutions of the Romanian State (National Bank, city and town halls, schools and universities, central and local institutions).
- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the European Union, N.A.T.O., and international organisations.
- 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Representatives of the Romanian Academy and the State Academy of the Republic of Moldova, the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, and other religious institutions.

Access to Pelesh Castle will be on the basis of the lists communicated in advance to the Royal Protocol by the aforementioned institutions by e-mail at ofiter.protocol@palatulelisabeta.ro.

Members of the public will not have access to the Hall of Honour while the coffin lies in state at Pelesh Castle. The press will have limited access to the Hall of Honour.

Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 6.00 p.m., His Late Majesty’s coffin will be taken from Pelesh Castle and from 8.30 p.m. will lie in state in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei, nos. 49-53). The ceremony of the arrival of the coffin in the Throne Room will be private. The press and members of the public will not have access.

All those who wish to lay flowers and to say a prayer at the catafalque of His Late Majesty King Michael I will have access to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, between 9.00 p.m. and midnight, Thursday, December 14, 2017, between 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. and Friday, December 15, 2017, between 08.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. Entry will be free for everybody. The press will also have access.

Those coming to the Royal Palace to pay their last respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are asked to abide by the following rules:

Ø They should be dressed appropriately, in dark colours.
Ø They should not be carrying shopping bags, other kinds of bags, or bulky luggage of any kind.
Ø They should not be accompanied by children below the age of seven or by wheeling pushchairs.
Ø They should not use cameras or mobile telephones or any other electronic devices. Out of respect for the solemnity of the occasion, it will be forbidden to film or take photographs.
Ø They should have their identity cards with them.
Ø Members of the public will not be allowed to lay flowers at the catafalque personally. Flowers shall be laid in the garden in front of the Royal Palace or on the pavement in front of the Palace railings. The staff of the Royal Household will be on hand to advise the public.
Ø Those coming to the catafalque are asked not to bring books, letters, postcards, stamps, documents or photographs with them. These may be sent by post to the Elisabeta Palace after the event.
Ø It is strictly forbidden to smoke or to use mobile telephones within the precincts of the Royal Palace.

A first-aid post will be in service during the period of access to the Royal Palace.

At 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a short religious service will be held in the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace.

At 10.55 a.m. His Late Majesty’s coffin will be laid on a catafalque in Royal Palace Square, in front of the Palace. A military and religious ceremony will be held. The public will have free access to Royal Palace Square, within specially marked out areas. The press will also have free access.

At 11.15 a.m., the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage. The funeral cortege will include, a part from the Royal Family, servicemen and women from the Ministry of National Defense and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Church. As a sign of respect, the gun carriage will be pulled by an operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.

Between 11.25 a.m. and 12.15 p.m., the funeral cortege will walk from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.

Between 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m., a funeral mass will take place in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Romania. The press and members of the public will not have access.

At 2.00 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel to Băneasa Royal Railway Station taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Kiseleff Av. – Bucureşti – Ploieşti Av.

In the Royal Train will travel the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family of Romania. The press and public will have access in front of Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

The Royal Train will arrive at Curtea de Argeş Railway Station, at a time that will be made public soon. The funeral cortege will travel form the railway station to the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral. The press and public will have access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

His Late Majesty’s burial service will take place in the New Episcopal and Royal Cathedral in Curtea de Arges  at a time that will be announced shortly. The ceremony will be attended only by the Custodian of the Crown, the Royal Family of Romania and members of foreign Royal Families. The public will not be allowed past the front gates of the Park of the Curtea de Arge  Monastery.

The press will not be allowed inside the New Cathedral, either before or during the burial ceremony. The New Cathedral will be closed to visitors during the seven days following the funeral.

The Royal Family announces heavy mourning for 40 days and mourning for the first three months after the day of His Late Majesty’s passing.

For further details, please contact the Royal Secretariat and the Press Office by e-mail at secretariat-regal@palatulelisabeta.ro and by phone at +40 21 319 09 72.

Books of condolence are open from today at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace (Calea Victoriei), and Elisabeta Palace. The public will be able to sign the books of condolence for forty days after the date of the decease.

Messages of condolence may also be left online, at the following address: http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nicholas Medforth-Mills will attend King Michael's funeral

@ Monarhia salvează România


Earlier this week, Nicholas Medforth-Mills, the estranged grandson of the late King Michael of Romania. will be attending the state funeral, his lawyer has confirmed.

Earlier this week,  Nicholas sent a letter to the Royal house requesting that he be able to attend the funeral as a family member.  His lawyer, Radu Enache, said that Nicholas had not received a response as of Thursday.  The lack of response led to Nicholas stating that he would attend the funeral as a private citizen.

Earlier today, Traian Sirca, an official of the Royal House, sent a response to Mr. Enache.     Mr. Medforth-Mills  will have an official place at the funeral. He will be accompanied by his fiancee, Alina-Maria Binder. 

Mr. Sirca will be the intermediary between the Royal House and Nicholas Medforth-Mills, who will remain in the country and will participate in the funeral events.


https://www.libertatea.ro/stiri/principele-nicolae-cerut-casei-regale-sa-fie-primit-la-funeraliile-regelui-mihai-2069250

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Margarita arrives in Aubonne



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 Crown Princess Margarita of Romania arrived on Wednesday at the late King Michael's private residence in Aubonne, Switzerland.  She has been joined by three of her sisters,. Princess Helen and her husband, Alexander Nixon,  Princess Sophie,  and Princess Marie, who was with her father when he died.

The four sisters are expected to attend several ceremonies that will be organized to commemorate the life of King Michael.

The late king's third daughter, Irina Walker, who lives in Oregon, will be traveling to Bucharest at the weekend.

Romanian news sources are reporting that the late King's grandson, Nicholas,  will not be banned from attending the funeral, but it is not known at this time if he will be allowed to join the family.

Orthodox prayers will be said nightly at the Aubonne residence until December 10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=td2F_cWFhBI


https://www.historia.ro/sectiune/actualitate/articol/principelui-nicolae-nu-i-se-va-interzice-participarea-la-funeraliile-regelui-mihai

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

King Michael and Prince Philip as children

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

Looking through several of my photo albums (for another photo) and I found this image.

This photo was taken circa 1927 when Philip and his two eldest sisters, Margarita and Theodora, went to Romania to stay with Queen Helen and young King Michael.

During this visit, Philip and his sisters spent time at the "dilapidated Cotroceni palace" in Bucharest, before "repairing in the heat of high summer" either to Peles Castle in Sinaia, high in the Carpathian Mountains or to "the newly built Mamaia Palace at the mouth of the Danube on the Black Sea," according to Philip Eade's excellent biography Prince Philip.  

Michael was not even six years old when he succeeded his grandfather, King Ferdinand, in 1927.   This photo may have been taken at Mamaia in the summer of 1927.  Michael's "new status" as king made no real difference to the children's play, although, according to another of their playmates, their cousin, Princess Alexandra of Greece, the only child of the late King Alexander,  who was Queen Helen's brother, who noticed that "there were always more people about."

In 1927,  Prince Philip started at the Elms, a "progressive American kindergarten," in Paris, where his classmates included his cousins, Prince Jacques and Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma.  Their mother was Princess Margarethe of Denmark.     In June 1948,  Princess Anne married King Michael of Romania.

In December 1936,  Philip spent a part of his Christmas holiday with Michael, who had become the Crown Prince, after his wayward father, Carol, took the throne in 1930, and Helen at her home, Villa Sparta in Florence.



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