King Michael I of Romania will return to Romania for the last time next week, when national funeral ceremonies of the former sovereign are scheduled.
The Royal Family has updated the program of the funeral on Saturday, announcing that on December 16, the coffin with His Majesty’s body will be placed on a gun carriage to the Patriarchal Cathedral and after that it will be transported to Curtea de Arges by the Royal Train.
The updated press release says that after the military and religious ceremony at the Royal Palace Square in Bucharest, the coffin will be placed on a gun carriage at 11.15 a.m. and taken from the Royal Palace Square, along Calea Victoriei, then Unirii Square, to the Patriarchal Cathedral.
“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 a operational vehicle of the Romanian Armed Forces.
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 Argeș 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 Argeș Monastery,” the release further says.
See the full program here.