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From the Press Office of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania – Elisabeta Palace, București.

Photography by Daniel Angelescu, (c) Household of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania.

The Household of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania organised, on Saturday, 17 January 2015 and Sunday, 18 January 2015, a series of events dedicated to the celebration of the XXV Anniversary of Crown Princess Margareta’s arrival in her country, Romania, back on 18 of January 1990.

The celebration events took place in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess, His Royal Highness Prince Radu, Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria and His Royal Highness Prince Nicolae of Romania. 


On Saturday, 17 January, a special meeting with The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation’s people and projects took place at the ‘Gheorghe Focsa’ hall of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, bringing together foundation beneficiaries and volunteers.

On Sunday morning, 18 January, at 11 a.m., TT.RR.HH. Crown Princess Margareta, Princess Sofia and Princess Maria, along with foreign personalities from the USA, the UK, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Russia, The Netherlands, Sweden and Spain visited the Studio 4 of The Romanian Television, from where the historical events were broadcast in December 1989.


On Sunday evening, at 6 p.m., The Royal Family attended the gala concert at the Romanian Athenaeum, performed by the Camerata Regala orchestra, violinist Remus Azoitei and the Choir of the ‘George Enescu’ Philharmonic under the baton of maestro Horia Andreescu.

The evening concluded with an official dinner hosted by the National Savings Bank Palace, at 8 p.m., in the presence of TT.RR.HH. Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, along with Princess Sofia, Princess Maria, Prince Nicholae and Prince Lorenz of Belgium and of H.E. Mr Victor Ponta, Prime-Minister of Romania, H.E. Mr Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, President of the Romanian Senate, H.E. Mr Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania (1996-2000), Mr Dorin Chirtoaca, Mayor of the City of Kishinev (Republic of Moldova) and 200 guests, foreign personalities, but also representatives of all areas of Romanian society, who have supported the Royal Family in the past 25 years.

After an exile of 42 years, on 18 January 1990, the first member of The Romanian Royal Family, Princess Margareta, set foot on Romanian soil, accompanied by her sister, Princess Sofia. His Majesty King Mihai I had entrusted to his eldest daughter the mission to represent him in the country, for the first time since the Royal Family’s departure into exile in the dawn of 4 January 1948.


The celebrations were attended by His Imperial and Royal Highness The Duke of Modena, Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, Prince of Belgium, Hungary and Bohemia, Her Serene Highness Princess Marie Therese von Hohenberg, Lady Bailey, former French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterand, Romania’s Prime Minister, Mr Victor Ponta, amongst other personalities. 


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Romanian news agencies likewise announced the permanent move to Romania of HRH Princess Maria, the former King’s youngest daughter, who was until now settled in the USA. 


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