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.



http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2017/12/books-about-king-michael.html

Proclamation to the Nation by the Custodian of the Crown of Romania

Proclamation to the Nation by the Custodian of the Crown of Romania



Called to succeed the good King Michael, who bequeathed to me the sacred legacy of his faith in and love of Romania, I shall continue his work and abide by his covenant.

In the effort to develop and consolidate the country, I shall have for a model the example set by our father and his belief in the destiny of the Romanian people.

I express my deep gratitude to the four previous generations of my family, who created the bond between nation and Royal House. One and a half centuries have brought Romania modern institutions, development, consolidation, and openness to the rest of the world.

During his long life, the fourth king of Romania found succour in faith, hope, and patience. In every circumstance, he responded with justice and, where possible, with forgiveness.

I am certain that in future Romanians will continue to love the Crown and to be united in mind and deed, for the sake of national advancement in the context of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

With deep feeling and honour, with a sense of duty, as a good Romanian and Custodian of the crown, I dedicate my life and work to our nation and to Romanians all over the world.

So help us God!


Margareta,
Custodian of the Crown of Romania

Funeral details for the late King Michael



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:

* 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.

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 inside the hearse.

Between 11.25 a.m. and 12.15 p.m., the funeral cortege will travel at low speed along the following route: Royal Palace Square – Calea Victoriei – Unirii Square –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.

From 2.00 p.m. to 6.20 p.m. the funeral cortege will travel taking the following route: Unirii Square – University Square – Romana Square – Charles de Gaulle Square – The Triumphant Arch – Mogo oaia – Buftea – Titu – Găe ti – Topoloveni – Pite ti – Curtea de Arge . The cortege will not make any stops during this journey but will slow down when passing through towns and villages.

At 6.45 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017, His Late Majesty’s burial service will be officiated in the New Royal and Episcopal Cathedral in Curtea de Arge . 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/

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Photos from King Michael's 90th birthday

I was one of the guests at the 90th birthday celebrations for Michael's birthday at the Elisabeta Palace in October 2011.

I had to borrow a camera from a friend as mine was at the repair shop and would not be ready in time for my trip.


King Michael and Queen Anne


Princess Anne deLigne 

Talking with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg


HRH Princess Marie with her father

Simeon of Bulgaria, Michael, Maria and George of Russia


Queen Anne, Queen Sofia, Princess Marie, King Michael and King Simeon

Michael and his youngest daughter, Princess Marie



Queen Anne, Queen Sofia, Marlene Koenig and King Michael

talking with Prince Nikola of Montenegro

Prince Nikola of Montenegro

Archduke Dominic of Austria

Christmas cards from King Michael and Queen Anne













King Michael - a statement from Karl Iohannis, President of Romania : State Funeral




Condolence message sent by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis
The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, gladly received the news of the death of His Majesty King Michael I.

"The remarkable personality of contemporary Romania, serving its country with much commitment and responsibility, presumably reigning over the most troubled period of the twentieth century, the King always knew to be a model of behavior and attitude. By the way he acted as head of our state, through the courage and dedication he showed, Michael transformed the phrase "King and the Homeland" into one that defined his whole life.

With faith and confidence in his mission, Michael I reigned over times when democracy was put to the test and where respect for human rights was a difficult task. However, its role in the vicinity of European values ​​is fully known today. He strongly opposed extremism in trying to save his country and people, and that is why he deserves our respect and homage.

The last head of state of a belligerent power during the Second World War and the Marshal of the Romanian Army, Mihai I, contributed decisively to the shortening of the war and the saving of hundreds of thousands of human lives. The King defended all his powers and prerogatives statehood in the most difficult times of the reign.

A historic injustice removed him from the throne and banished him from the country, but this sad event did not prevent him from exalting the Exile bitterly to the authentic values ​​and the unswerving faith that Romania would return to the natural status of a democratic European state.

After 1989, kept away from his country and his people, the King continued to militate for the advancement of Romania. The diplomatic tours and missions for Romania's accession to NATO and the European Union show us the devotion that remained unconditionally faithful to his Nation. His inspiring model proves that for Mihai I to be in the service of the country was a profession of faith.
Through all that he has done, King Mihai put his entire life at the service of the Romanian nation and served with denial, dignity and responsibility the country in which he was born.

For these merits, the Government will organize the state funeral for Mihai I, according to his rank and merits. Thus, we will show that we are respecting our history and that we know to honor a great state man.

I also express my hope that the Romanian society and its political representatives will not let Mihai I's inheritance be lost. We still need in our public life the continuity of the actions of the Royal Family, which has proven so many times the utility and sense of duty as well as the loyalty to the fundamental interests of the Romanian state.

I send my condolences to the Royal Family.
God rest in peace! "

At the same time, the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, sent a letter of condolences to His Royal Highness Princess Margareta.
Source: The Presidency of Romania

Declaration from the new head of the House of Romania: Crown Princess Margareta

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Declaration of the new Head of the Royal House of Romania


Romanians,

Our country lost King Michael I. For over nine decades, he dedicated to Romania all the strenghts that God bestowed onto him. And death alone could put an end to his tireless and patient work.

We have all suffered an immense loss. A personal loss as well as a loss for our entire Nation. We mourn together, knowing that we are united in our sorrow. Praying to God will give us strengh, in this terrible moment.

An example of unwavering devotion to his people, with a high sense of duty and strong principles, he wrote the most valuable page in the contemporary history of our nation.

His kindness and compasion defeated all villainy of the past century, and his wisdom ensured the constancy of our identity, in times of serious deviation from the natural path of our State and Nation. The King was part of the fabric of our people and we are all very proud of him.

By his work, King Michael continued the ties that bind the Royal Family to the Romanian Nation. For our tomorrow, he gave us his today.

A new time starts for my Family and for the Royal House of Romania. Inspired by the same sentiments as my father, I will continue his work, for the fulfillment of our mission towards the Romanian people.

So God help us!


Margareta
Custodian of the Crown of Romania

  5 December 2017


Statement from Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills



A statement from Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills on the death of his grandfather, King Michael:




Today, Romania lost its king and one of the greatest leaders of the century Europe, a symbol of debt to his country. My grandfather was the leader who loved his country and her people!
Today I lost my best friend, my grandfather, but I consider myself a lucky man because I had the privilege to be raised and formed by him, with my duty to the country and the promise that I will always try to make him proud Me.

Grandpa, I'll miss you and I won't forget you taught me about real values, immortal in time.
Rest in peace!

Crown Prince Alexander sends condolences on death of King Michael

Photo - courtesy of HRH Crown Prince Alexander



CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER SENDS CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF ROMANIAN KING MICHAEL

Belgrade, 5 December 2017 – The Royal Family of Serbia announces with great sorrow that His Majesty King Michael of Romania passed away at the age of 96. King Michael was the son of Her Majesty Queen Maria’s brother (Carol II) and Queen Helen who was a sister of Greek King Alexander I, grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

The Royal Family sent condolences and deepest sympathy to Crown Princess Margarita and the entire Romanian Royal Family.

King Michael, a great-great-grandson of Britain's Queen Victoria, first acceded to the Romanian throne in 1927 when he was six, ruling for three years after his father Carol II renounced his rights to the throne. He became king again in 1940 after Carol abdicated again. King Michael reigned until communists forced him to abdicate on the last day of 1947.

King Michael of Romania has died Official announcement


Bucharest 2011  @Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

His Majesty King Michael of Romania died earlier today at home in Aubonne, Switzerland. He was 96 years old.

Royal Musings will be updating this article throughout the day.

Here are several good obituaries for you to read.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/michael-i-last-king-of-romania-and-a-cold-war-exile-dies-at-96/2017/12/05/6549aec8-d9b2-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.694725dbb024

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/05/michael-1-of-romania

https://www.romania-insider.com/officials-react-king-michael-death/


https://www.romania-insider.com/officials-react-king-michael-death/
Secretariat of the Romanian Royal Household
December 5, 2017

The Press Office His Majesty the King is authorized to issue the following communiqué:

His Majesty King Michael I of Romania died today, the 5th of December 2017 in Switzerland, at 12 p.m. (Geneva time).

Her Royal Highness Princess Marie was at the King’s bedside.

Tonight, at 7 p.m., the Custodian of the Crown of Romania will address the nation.

A detailed program of the funeral will be made public tomorrow.

The King will lie in state in the Hall of Honour of Pelesh Castle, then for two days in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Bucharest. The funeral mass will take place at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. The burial will take place in the New Royal and Episcopal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges.

According to the decision of the Custodian of the Crown, King Michael I’s funeral will respect the tradition of His Late Majesty’s predecessors.

Tomorrow, books of condolence will be opened at Pelesh Castle, the Royal Palace and Elisabeta Palace. They will be available to the public for the next 40 days. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/

All those who wish to bring flowers or lay wreaths are invited to do so at the Royal Palace in Calea Victoriei, in front of the main entrance.



http://royalbooknews.blogspot.com/2017/12/books-about-king-michael.html

Monday, December 4, 2017

Leopold III back in London - a romance perhaps

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 December 4, 1937


King Leopold III of the Belgians is back in England just three weeks after his state visit to the country, reports the Chicago Tribune.    His "unexpected appearance" has set tongues wagging that the widower King has "come to woo" Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, the granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Portland.

The King has been accompanied by his mother, Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians, and they are "strictly incognito" as private guests of the Duke and Duchess at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire.

The Belgian royal family are long time friends with the Portland, but this is the first time that Queen Elisabeth has visited them since the death of King Albert in 1934.

Despite "denials in Brussels and London" that King Leopold wants to marry Lady Anne, who lives with her father, the Marquess of Titchfield, the heir to the dukedom," London's gossips believe that a "romance is afoot."

The King's Lord Chamberlain said that "the king and his mother are paying a purely private visit to England, and we denied the marriage rumors before leaving Brussels."

There have been reports that Leopold was seeking a "mother for his children" since not long after the death of his wife, Queen Astrid, in a car accident in August 1935.

The king has three young children, Princess Josephine, 10, Crown Prince Baudouin,7, and three-year-old, Prince Albert.

King Leopold is 36 years old and Lady Anne is 21.  Their marriage would link the Belgian royal house with a "great Anglo-Dutch family."   Lady Anne is said to be "tall and attractive:" and a keen huntswoman.   She is expected to meet with the King tomorrow.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2008/12/lady-anne-cavendish-bentinck.html

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lady Frederick Windsor seriously injured in car crash


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Several British news organizations, including the Daily Mail are reporting that British actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, has been seriously injured in a car crash in Essex.

Sophie, who is styled officially as the Lady Frederick Windsor, is now recovering at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, having been initially treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.  The accident happened ten days ago.

Lady Frederick, who uses her maiden name for her acting career,  was being driven back to her home after filming an American television series near Saffron Waldon, in Essex.  The 37-year-old actress was involved in a head-on collision that has left her, reportedly, with a "suspected broken back and broken foot."

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She was sitting in the back seat in the chauffeur-driven car when another car, trying to avoid hitting a deer, swerved straight into Lady Frederick's car.   Both drivers were also injured.

According to the Daily Mail report,  there were fears that Lady Frederick was "more gravely injured" due to the "horrifically mangled wreckage."

One source told the Mail that "It will be a long road for her, but we're all so thankful that she's been told there won't be any long-term problems."

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Lady Frederick was en route home after filming Trust, a new American TV series, directed by Danny Boyle, that is scheduled to premiere on FX in January 2018.  The 10-episode series will focus on the Getty family.  The first season is set in 1973 and focuses on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The marriage between Lord Frederick Windsor, now 38, and Miss Winkleman took place at the chapel at Hampton Court on September 12, 2009.   Lord Frederick is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  Prince Michael, a first cousin of the Queen, is the younger son of the late Prince George Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.

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Lord and Lady Frederick are the parents of two daughters,  4-year-old Maud, who is in the same class as Prince George of Cambridge, at Thomas's, Battersea, and Isabella, who will celebrate her second birthday in January.



Lord Frederick is a Vice President with J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Friday, December 1, 2017

A lovely thank you from the queen




a lovely thank you from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Crown Princess Margarita hosts Diplomatic corp

On November 29, 2017,   Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu welcome the Diplomatic Corps to an official gala held in the Hall of the Royal Palace in Bucharest.

Three of the Crown Princess' sisters,  HRH Princess Helen and her husband, Alexander McTeer,  HRH Princess Sophie and HRH Princess Marie, also attended the event.


Photos @ Daniel Angelescu

The Crown Princess gave her speech in English. 

http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/seara-regala-in-onoarea-corpului-diplomatic-2017/

We are already talking about children?


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In the United Kingdom betting parlors are already taking bets on when  Prince Harry and Miss Markle will be having their first child  ... after they are married of course.

There are already heated discussions on Twitter about the status of possible children.  Royal ... Not Royal.  HRH  or no HRH.

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 In December 1917, King George V issued a Letters Patent that limited the the style and title of HRH Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (and at that time) Ireland (now Northern Ireland.)

"Whitehall, 11th December, 1917.
The KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, bearing date the 30th ultimo, to define the styles and titles to be borne henceforth by members of the Royal Family. It is declared by the Letters Patent that the children of any Sovereign of the United Kingdom and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour; that save as aforesaid the titles of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness, and the titular dignity of Prince and Princess shall cease except those titles already granted and remaining unrevoked; and that the "grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes"."


This means the following:

Children of the sovereign.  HRH Prince or Princess
Grandchildren of the sovereign in the MALE line  HRH Prince or Princess
Eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales  HRH Prince.

and for the rest: "grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes".

This Letters Patent affected one Prince -- three-year-old HH Prince Alastair Arthur of Connaught, only child of TRH Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught.  Prince Arthur was the only son of HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, third son of Queen Victoria.

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 In 1864,  Queen Victoria issued a Letters Patent that extended the HRH to the children of the sons of the Sovereign.

"Whitehall, Feb. 3.
The Queen has been pleased by letters patent under the Great Seal, to declare her Royal will and pleasure that, besides the children of the Sovereigns of these realms, the children of the sons of any Sovereign of Great Britain and Ireland shall have, and at all times hold and enjoy, the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective christian names, or with their other titles of honour; and further to declare her will and pleasure that the Earl Marshal of England, or his Deputy for the time being, do cause the said letters patent to be recorded in Her Majesty's College of Arms to the end that the officers of arms, and all others, may take due notice thereof."

Great-grandchildren (and further down) in the male line were Princes and Princesses of the United Kingdom but were entitled only to the HH.

This means that the three eldest children of TRH The Duke and Duchess of York (the future George V) were entitled to HH Prince Edward, HH Prince Albert and HH Princess Mary of York.)

In 1898,  Queen Victoria issued a Letters Patent that extended the HRH to the children of the eldest son of any Prince of Wales.

"Crown Office, May 31, 1898
The Queen has been pleased by letters patent under the Great Seal, to declare that the children of the eldest son of any Prince of Wales shall have, and at all times hold and enjoy, the style, title, and attribute of "Royal Highness"."

Carl Eduard (Charles Edward), only son of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, succeeded his paternal uncle, Alfred, as the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  His children were HH for Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (except the eldest son, as heir apparent, who was HRH) and HH as Princes and Princesses of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.   Prince Ernst August, the Duke of Cumberland, a great-grandson of George III and his male line descendants were HRH Princes and Princesses of Hannover, but their British rank was HH.

This brings us back to 1917.  The Letters Patent did not include a grandfather's clause that allowed those who already had the HH and title of Prince or Princess  to keep those titles. (The Hanovers were not happy about this as they represented the only direct male line from George III.  Ernst August and Carl Eduard were stripped of their British peerages with the passage of the Titles Deprivation Act.

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In the United Kingdom, the only person affected was the toddler Alastair.  He ceased to be HH and a Prince.  His mother was Duchess of Fife in her own right, so he was styled by her second title, Earl of Macduff.  He was the eventual heir to both the Connaught and Streathearn and Fife dukedoms.   Prince Arthur of Connaught died in 1938.  The Duke of Connaught died in 1942, and his grandson succeeded as the 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, as Your Grace and not Royal Highness.   The 2nd Duke died a year after his grandfather, and the Connaught and Strathearn dukedoms reverted to the Crown.  As Connaught is located in the Republic of Ireland, the title cannot be recreated.

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 Fast forward to 2013.   The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child.  The new succession law (gender equal) had recently gone into effect, which meant that if the first child were a girl, she would remain ahead of any brothers born after her.   But if the Duchess' first child were a girl, she would not have the HRH and the title of Princess until Charles succeeded to the throne.  She would have been styled as the Lady Charlotte Windsor and her younger brother would have been styled as HRH Prince George of Cambridge.

On December 31, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II issued a Letters Patent that gave the HRH and title Prince or Princess to all the children of the eldest son of eldest son of the Prince of Wales.

 “The QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of The Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour.”

So where does this leave Prince Harry's children.  The 1917 Letters Patent makes it clear that his children who are "grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes".

Harry's peerage will be most certainly a ducal title, precisely because of the 1917 Letters patent.  His children will have the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes".

This already applies to the children of HRH The Duke of Kent, HRH The Duke of Gloucester and HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

There is a loophole in the 1917 Letters Patent regarding the styles and titles.  If Meghan's first child is born during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II,   this child will be styled as Earl of whatever or the Lady Christian  Windsor.  Her second child is born during the reign of Charles III. This child, according to the 1917 Letters Patent, would be a Prince or Princess and HRH.   Does the wording in the 1917 Letters Patent allow for an upgrade to HRH and Prince/ess for the first born as all of Harry and Meghan's children will be grandchildren of the Sovereign.


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(Don't mention the Earl of Wessex's children.  No Letters Patent was issued for their style. According to the 1917 Letters Patent, Louise and James are HRH Princess Louise and Prince James of Wessex.  They are STYLED as The Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, with the rank of children of an earl.)

The issue on how the children will styled must be clarified at the time when the first pregnancy is announced.

I fully expect that at the time of the first pregnancy ... or even on the day of the wedding when Harry's title is announced... that we will know how the children will be styled.  I believe the children will be styled as it states in the 1917 Letters Patent as children of a duke.    I do not think Her Majesty will issue a new Letters Patent giving the HRH and the title Prince/ess to Harry's children before Charles is king.   So what will happen when Charles succeeds to the throne?  Will Harry's children get an automatic bump up to HRH and Prince or Princess?  We do not know.  

We also do not (yet) what Harry and Meghan want for their children.  They may be content with the ducal status for their progeny.   




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Yes She will Be a Princess: Summing up the facts: Meghan and Harry



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Rachel Meghan Markle is beginning the transformation from American commoner to a royal highness.  Let's get a few misconceptions out of the way.

*   Meghan is not Roman Catholic. Going to a Roman Catholic high school does not make you Roman Catholic.     Kensington Palace has described Meghan and her mother, Doria, as Protestant, and her father, Thomas, as Protestant Episcopal.    The Palace also announced that Meghan will be baptized, according to the rites of the Church of England, and then will be confirmed before her marriage to Prince Harry, which will take place some time in May at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

In an article that I wrote on August 21st,  I stated that I believed that Meghan may not have been baptized as an infant.  This is not unusual in the United States as more and more Americans are members or active in Christian faith communities. I was right.  If Meghan had been baptized in a Protestant church, she would not need to be baptized in order to join the Church of England.  She was never baptized.

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2017/08/meghan-markles-religion-or-no-religion.html


*  Miss Markle will become a British citizen, but she will go through the normal process, which will include leaving the UK before her wedding and returning to the United States to apply for the fiancee settlement visa (the marriage has to take place within 6 months of the application.)  She is currently entering the United Kingdom on a tourist visa.   The next step after the wedding will be to apply for a marriage settlement visa so she can remain living in Britain.   The future royal can begin the application for British nationality after three years, not five, because her husband is British.

There will be no fast tracking for British nationality for Miss Markle.   This has been confirmed by Kensington Palace.

During this time period she will remain an American citizen and will be using her U.S. passport.  She will not receive a British passport until she has received her British citizenship.

[Although Prince Philip went through the naturalization process before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, it was realized later that the naturalization was not necessary.  The Sophia Naturalisation Act (1705) have British citizenship in perpetuity to the non-Roman Catholic descendants of the Electress Sophia of Hannover.  In 1948, the law was superseded by the British Nationality Act. However, descendants born before the new law went into effect in 1949, remained eligible for citizenship.  Prince Friedrich of Prussia, who married Lady Brigid Guinness (daughter of the Earl of Iveagh) and Prince Ernst August of Hanover, father of the present head of the house of Hanover, won their right to British nationality, according to the law.]

http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2017/10/so-what-is-next-for-meghan-and-prince.html

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a13957391/meghan-markle-prince-harry-children-us-british-citizenship/

It is possible that Meghan will renounce her American citizenship after she becomes a British national.  This is not a requirement of the UK nor US governments.  The United States does not officially recognize dual nationality but accepts that other countries do.

This Washington Post article explains in detail the financial conundrum that the Royal Family could face if Meghan does not renounce her American citizenship.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/11/28/meghan-markles-u-s-citizenship-could-cause-tax-headaches-for-british-royal-family/?utm_term=.87bcf463f366

*    It is nearly certain that Prince Harry will receive a dukedom (along with an earldom and a barony) on the morning of his wedding.  He does not stop being a prince, but how he is styled will change.  Yes, the papers will call him Prince Harry, but he will be officially HRH The Duke of whatever

*  Meghan will share her husband's status.   In Britain, a wife shares her husband's rank.  Harry is a prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern.  At present, he is STYLED  as HRH Prince Henry of Wales (officially) but will probably be styled as HRH The Duke of ... after the wedding.


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So what does this mean for Meghan?  Repeat after me:  Meghan will be a  Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when she is Harry's wife.   She will not become Princess Meghan because she is not a princess of the blood royal.  In the United Kingdom, princess by birth are styled by their names,  wives of princes are not.  (It it is what was done at the German courts.)  Yea, it may be a bit out of date these days, but ... it is what is done in the United Kingdom so get over it!

This is why Meghan will have the status of a princess.

In 1923, after the wedding of the Duke of York to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, an official statement was released by the palace:

"In accordance with the settled general rule that a wife takes the status of her husband Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on her marriage has become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York with the status of a Princess."


Read it again, say it with me:   Meghan will have the status of a princess.  Share this with all your doubting friends.   People and People Magazine will probably call her Princess Meghan.   Don't get your knickers in a twist about this.  Most people are not royal experts and don't truly understand or care.

Just don't send a letter to HRH Princess Meghan.

*   She will not be HRH Meghan, Duchess of whatever.  No name in title.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge  is incorrect as well.  She is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.   Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge indicates one of two things:  a widow of a peer or the divorced wife of a peer.

When the Lady Diana Spencer married HRH The Prince of Wales (who has a bunch of other titles, too) she became HRH The Princess of Wales (as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay, Countess of Carrick, Princess Charles, and so on.)   After the divorce, she lost the HRH, stopped being a princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by marriage, and was styled as the former wife of a peer:  Diana, Princess of Wales.

If you do not believe this, invest in a copy of Debrett's Correct Form.

*  Meghan will continue to use Meghan as her name, although her first name is Rachel.  She has never used Rachel as her first name.   As a royal, she will sign her first name only.

http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a13957391/meghan-markle-prince-harry-children-us-british-citizenship/


I do not know everything and my crystal ball has been at the repair shop for years as the piece needed to see all is no longer available from the manufacturer.

I do not know the date of the wedding.  I do not know what tiara she will wear.  I do not know where they will in the future, but I expect Nottingham Cottage will not remain their London residence for long.    I also not know when her belongings will arrive in England.

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What I do know is this:  American-born Meghan Markle will have the status of a Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when she is married.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A thank you from Charles




The official thank you from the Prince of Wales for his 69th birthday!

Monday, November 27, 2017

so what title will Harry get on his wedding day

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It is certain that Prince Harry will receive a peerage on his wedding day, most likely a dukedom (with subsidiary earldom and barony) but this is not set in stone.  He could get an earldom and a viscountcy just like Uncle Edward (the Earl of Wessex. (When Charles is the sovereign, and the Duke of Edinburgh deceased,  Edward will be created Duke of Edinburgh.  He will not succeed to his father's peerage.)

For the sake of this post,  let me speculate on the possible dukedom.  Cross off your list the following titles:  Connaught,   Cumberland and Teviotdale and Albany.

Connaught is in the Republic of Ireland.    Cumberland and Teviotdale and Albany are in abeyance.

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 The Titles Deprivation Act (1917) stripped Prince Ernst August of Hanover (1878-1923) and Carl Eduard, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884-1954), who were on Germany's side during the first world war.   Ernst August was the head of the House of Hanover and Carl Eduard was a grandson of Queen Victoria.   The Titles Deprivation Act included a provision that would allow an heir to the title to claim it if he had not fought for Germany during the first world war.   This means Ernst August's son,  Prince Ernst August, the Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, was also barred from succeeding because he served in the war.   The latter's son, Ernst August IV (1914-1987) was eligible to petition Parliament for reinstatement.   In the mid-1990s,  several German papers reported that the present head of the House of Hanover, Prince Ernst August V (1954) was going to petition the British Parliament for reinstatement for the peerages.   Ernst August issued a statement denying the reports.

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Carl Eduard's eldest son, Prince Johann Leopold (1906-1972) was too young to serve in the first world war. Johann Leopld's eldest son, Ernst Leopold (1935-1996) claimed the use of the Albany title, even used it on stationary (Herzog von Albany).  His eldest son, Hubertus Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (1961) has the right to petition Parliament but has no interest in doing so.

Thus, these two peerages will remain in abeyance.

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Sussex is a popular possibility.  The first Duke of Sussex (Prince Augustus) was given by King George III to his sixth son.  Both of Prince Augustus' marriages were in contravention of the Royal Marriages act.  Neither of his two wives were styled as the Duchess of Sussex.  Miss Markle would be the first consort Duchess of Sussex.

It is possible that the Queen could bestow other ducal titles that were not previously used as a royal dukedoms.  Duke of Leeds, Duke of Newcastle.

Clarence.  Another possibility.  Bad vibes about George Plantagenet (1449-1478), brother of Richard III, who was created Duke of Clarence in 1461.  Drowning in a butt of malmsey, allegedly.

Meghan is a descendant of Lionel, Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III.

https://vita-brevis.org/2017/11/wentworth-connection/

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William IV, fourth son of King George III, was Duke of Clarence and St. Andrews before he succeeded to the throne in 1830.  Clarence House was named for this duke.

The most recent Duke of Clarence (and Avondale) was Prince Albert Victor (1864-1892) of Wales, the elder son of the Prince and Princess of Wales.  The cause of death was pneumonia.  He caught a chill at the funeral of his father's first cousin, Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg at the end of December 1891.

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Kendal.  There were reports that Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Saafeld, husband of Princess Charlotte of Wales, the heiress presumptive to the throne, was going to be created Duke of Kendal.  Never happened.  George I created his mistress Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg as Duchess of Kendal.

Ross.   the peerage was created twice for sons of the King of Scotland, most recently for Alexander (1514-1515), the posthumous son of King of James IV.

Several people have mentioned the Dukedom of Hereford, which was created in 1397 for Henry Bolingbroke, son of John of Gaunt.  The title merged with the Crown two years later when Bolingbroke usurped the throne from Richard II.

The title will not be recreated due to Viscount Hereford, the oldest extant Viscountcy in the Peerage of England.  The viscountcy was created in 1550.  The title was created for Walter Devereux, 9th Baron Ferrers of Chartley.