Royal celebrations in Bucharest on May 10
Bucharest marked the King’s Day on May 10 through sports competition, laying wreath ceremony and a Garden Party.
A marathon of 42 kilometers, a semi-marathon of 21 kilometers and a cross of 10.5 kilometers starting at Elisabeta Palace and ending at the same location mobilized 500 persons to run in order to support the cause of “I love sport” event promoting sporting among children.
The Royal family laid a wreath at King Carol I statue, with Princess Margareta, Prince Radu, Princess Maria and Prince Nicolae attending the event.
The King’s Day was marked in the absence of King Mihai I, the events ending by a Garden Party in the Elisabeta Palace’s garden, organized for the sixth year in a row on May 10.
“This year is the first national holiday on May 10 since 1947. Romania took 67 years and 112 days to get back to celebrating May 10 as national holiday. The event brings together 6,000 guests from all the Romanian counties and from Republic of Moldova, among whom there are central and local politicians, academic, cultural, scientific and political personalities, civil society representatives and businessmen, representatives of the diplomatic corps and of the clergy,” reads a press release of King Mihai’ press bureau.
President Iohannis also sent a message on this special occasion, saying that May 10 is a day deeply connected by Romanian statehood and that, celebrating this day, we actually celebrate our identity to be a free, united country in Europe.
In his turn, PM Victor Ponta said that the Royal House supported Romania in tough moments, learnt what patriotism means and offered the country a strong orientation by defining some high ethic benchmarks. In his view, Romanians must support these values and must teach the new generation to do the same.
In April, the Chamber of Deputies decided that May 10 should be national holiday, as it marks three historical moments: the beginning of Carol I rule, state independence and coronation of the first country’s king.