The Romanian Royal House announced on Thursday the complete list with the royal faces who will attend the funeral of King Michael. Royal Families from UK, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Jordan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Albania, France, Italy, Portugal will be present at the ceremonies on Saturday.
At the same, some representatives of the former Imperial Families from Russia, Austria, Germany will come, alongside members of the Grand Duchy of Baden, Royal Family of Wurttemberg and the Family of Ligne.
Among the royal guests, there will be King Carl XIV Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Sofia of Spain, Charles Prince of Wales, Simeon II of Bulgaria, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess Muna of Jordan, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia, Crown Princess Catherine of Serbia, Princess Irina of Greece.
King Simeon II of Bulgaria and Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria have already arrived in Bucharest, as official sources reported.
Also on Thursday, the spokeswoman of the US Department of State, Heather Nauert, has sent a message: “Our sincere condolences to the people of Romania on the death of His Majesty King Michael I. His critical role in WWII, which earned him the U.S. Legion of Merit, and his dedication to the Romanian people will always be remembered.”
Thousands paid their last respects on Thursday, ex-prince Nicolae included
Over 1,500 Romanians had come to pay their last respects for the late king at the Royal Palace in Bucharest by 12:00hr. Other 1,500 were queuing in front of the palace. The king’s grandson, former Prince Nicolae was also seen in the crowd, next to his fiancee. Nicolae refused to answer the journalists’ questions, yet he talked with the people a little bit. “I stand by the country and the people, like my grandfather has always been,” Nicolae told a man.
A tent of the Red Cross was set up in front of the palace, to provide people with water or hot tea. 1,000 persons have asked for water or hot tea since Wednesday afternoon until Thursday at lunch hours.
People will be able to come to the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace to lay flowers at the king’s catafalque on Thursday until 22:00hrs and Friday, December 15, as of 08:00 until 22:00hr.
Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz will attend the funeral of King Mihai I
Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz will visit Bucharest on Saturday, December 16th, to pay a last homage to the late King Mihai I of Romania, on behalf of the Turkish nation. He will meet representatives of the Romanian Royal Family and Romanian dignitaries attending the funeral.
Turkish Ambassador to Bucharest H.E. Osman Koray Ertaș presented his condolences to the Royal family on Wednesday, at the Peles Castle. Earlier, Ambassador Ertaş signed the book of condolences opened in King Mihai’s memory.
„King Mihai I was a great Romanian, a remarkable leader who served his homeland with devotion and responsibility, steering the country through troubled times. With courage and determination, he strongly opposed extremism and saved hundreds of thousands of human lives, leaving a lasting footprint in the Romanian nation’s history.
(…) The legacy of King Mihai will always endure in our memory“, the Ambassador said in his message, as he conveyed his sympathy to the Royal Family and the Romanian people.
The Embassy also lowered the flags at half mast, joining other diplomatic missions and Romanian institutions observing the national mourning days.