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Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Carol I of Romania and his family
« on: January 04, 2008, 09:08:58 PM »
Monarchy is everything to Romania

As there is no other brand, fratricide is our country's brand, a national sin and a constant historical landmark. In case of no genius inspiration such as the royal solution, Romania doesn't even exist as state. The union achieved in January 24, 1859 would have been just fireworks and just some dizzy provinces ceaselessly at war, like it is now between Romania and the Moldovan Republic, the Sovietized province. The provinces would have been an easy prey for the Russian empire and the unification with Transylvania wouldn't have even been a dream.
Symptomatically, one of the few crucial moments of national unification, namely the making of the Liberal-Conservative 'monstrous coalition', was the outcome of desperate search for a solution to make possible and durable our cohabitation as nation and state in such a way that we would no longer harm ourselves by fratricide. We usually unify to sack someone. It is only demolition, but not building that makes us unify. After making a deal to sack the person or institution at stake, we mobilize and start demolishing each other. It has always been so, before the European monarchy and after the Asian doing away with it.
The 'monstrous coalition' was something completely different from a destructive hybrid. It was an initiative that established a country, a coherent, acknowledged and respected state. The Liberals and Conservatives got together to do away with Cuza the ruler, who had become a despot. The coalition wasn't monstrous, in fact. It cast light by opening the way to the end of the fratricide and to an epoch, short, but thorough and glorious, of national unity and accomplishments. The politicians of the time, actually the statesmen of the time reckoned the nation could not be governed without a non-partisan reference, far from the domestic slaughter. They realized a state couldn't be achieved without stability, therefore without dynastic continuity.
The arrival of Carol of Hohenzollern-Veringen was the time of grace in national history. A Romanian from the very first moment he reached Galati illegally by ship and then rode on his white horse to Bucharest, Carol I, the man who was to become the first king of Romania, started building modern Romania the German way, that is laying stone by stone. He did it in all fields: society, politics, institutions, culture, architecture and, not last, infrastructure. He was the national founder indeed. He was the winner of the independence war, fighting for independence on battlefields and in Europe's political offices too. When it became a kingdom, although shortly after it had been established a state, Romania started its intense development.
It was monarchy that made Romania a national and international presence. Monarchy made Romania a state and provided it with a national project - a project of accomplishments, the first and the only one in our history. All that we have durable is inherited from monarchy. Romania had the most Liberal Constitution in Europe at that time and the most powerful national currency made of the purest gold. Of course national sins couldn't have turned to ashes out of the blue, but the standards of life were decent and there was a dynamics for development. Romanians made a lively, charming nation rich in potential. Hadn't there been the Communist assassination imposed in December 30, 1947 by Moscow, Romania would have been a European power today.
And it can still become one. His Majesty King Michael 1st is with us. All we still need is a new 'monstrous coalition'. I will be back on it.
Roxana IORDACHE


http://www.ziua.net/display.php?data=2008-01-05&id=231357

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Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: January 04, 2008, 08:57:59 PM »
Princess Margareta inherits throne
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In a private ceremony King Mihai I of Romania designated Princess Margareta to be his dynastic successor. Her Royal Highness Margareta is to inherit the Romanian throne and after the King's death she is to become guardian of the Crown. The New Dynasty Status of the Royal Family, which His Majesty signed 6 decades after the Communists had forced him into abdication, makes the throne inheritance clear. Prince Radu of Hohenzollern-Veringen is going to advance in rank to His Royal Highness the Prince of Romania.
In the document by the Royal House there is mentioned: "I, King Mihai I, on behalf of my authority as Head of the Royal House of Romania, obeying my duty to history and to my family's successors, in keeping with the European Union's principles and values that guarantee every person's right to express identity and ideals, by acting as my will pleases, decide that my eldest daughter, Princess Margareta, will be my dynastic successor as Head of the Royal House of Romania after my death."
Throne succession in European style
King Mihai I is demanding the Parliament of Romania to give up the use of the salic law if the Romanian nation and the Parliament find it appropriate to use monarchy as a form of governing. His Majesty has argued that, as token of Romania's EU integration and given the European Convention of Human Rights, the Royal House has modified the principles and use of the salic law that will no longer be applied when decising on succession, for it fits neither the rights in today's Europe nor Romanian society's values.
According to the new Status of the Royal House, the Crown is going to pass to the first male to be born or, in case of no male, to the first female. (...)
The Prince of Romania
Prince Radu has become a Prince of Romania to be called His Royal Highness. Such ranks are granted ad personam and they are not transmisible. The Prince is going to remain a non-dynastic member of the Royal House of Romania. After the King's death, he is to become a Prince of Romania. When Nicolae, the son of Princess Elena, turns 25, he will also become a Royal Highness.
In the Status there is also added that, apart from the King, the Queen, their daughters and the people mentioned elsewhere in the document, there is no other member of the Royal House of Romania. Therefore any addition of new members may emerge only with consent from the Head of the Royal House of Romania.


http://www.ziua.net/display.php?data=2008-01-04&id=231302&kword=king

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Romania Defends 'Dracula Castle' Return
The Associated Press
Thursday, June 14, 2007; 8:48 PM


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/14/AR2007061402010.html


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Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: May 15, 2007, 09:10:00 AM »
Radio Free Europe
Romania: Embattled President Takes On Political Elite
Monday, May 14, 2007

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/05/6FE8DEC1-31B6-4868-9FE1-012C66A6B5B9.html


RFE/RL: King Mihai thinks that a new constitution is necessary, a European one, in order to set up clear roles for the institutions of the Romanian state. A declaration resembling somewhat your own point of view, isn't it?

Basescu: Yes, as head of state, King Mihai understands very well our situation. The current constitution does not provide any solutions in the case there are disputes between the powers of the government. None of the powers in the state -- no matter whether it is about the judiciary, or the Constitutional Court, or the parliament, or the executive -- controls the levers to unlock this political situation.

RFE/RL: Continuing about King Mihai, I remember that businessman Dinu Patriciu talked in an interview published recently in the "Cotidianul" [newspaper], if I am not mistaken, about monarchy, about restoration of the monarchy in Romania.

Basescu: These are options. We have to see what the Romanians want indeed.

RFE/RL: You are president acting as a player, and you prefer a presidential republic after the French model. Why would such a state organization be better for Romania?

Basescu: This is not about someone's preferences. Before amending the constitution, we have to ask the Romanian citizens what they want, because you can't really propose to them a project they would not vote for. From my point of view, any solution is good, if it is functional in the constitution. An essential condition for this solution is its acceptance by and the willingness of Romanians. There is no use in proposing a parliamentary republic, if the voters want a semi-presidential one, and no use in proposing a monarchy, if they want the republic. Therefore we must take into account the will of the 22 million Romanians and give them a constitution in compliance with their will.








Nine O'Clock, 14 May, King Michael denounces political crisis

http://www.princeradu.ro/index.php?page=articol&aid=1662&cid=132&cid2=256


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Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: May 11, 2007, 08:14:27 AM »


http://english.hotnews.ro/What-the-newspapers-say-May-11-2007-articol_44941.htm


"...This was the big picture on May 10, the traditional day of Monarchy in Romania. Taking the occasion, King Michael I of Romania held a speech, asking all politicians to build a new Constitution, one to fit Romania's statute as an European state, Evenimentul Zilei reads."


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Balkan Royal Families / Re: King Mihai of Romania and his family
« on: February 05, 2007, 10:37:29 AM »
thank you for the support Lady T and ilyala!
but Marlene has a point, so no more photos :'(
except the last two with Missy on her thread [I couldn't stop myself :-[]

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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:21:56 AM »


Charles, Prince of Wales, right greets actress Meryl Streep as he arrives at the Harvard Club in New York, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)



Charles, Prince of Wales, 2nd left, is presented the Global Environmental Citizen Award by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and actress Meryl Streep at the Harvard Club in New York, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Dr. Eric Chivian, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, stands at left. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)















A cocktail reception is held at the Harvard Club of New York before an awards banquet where Charles, Prince of Wales, was given the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment's 10th Anniversary Global Environmental Citizen Award Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 in New York. The Prince received the the award for his outstanding work towards protecting the global environment. (AP Photo/Pool, Chip Somodevilla)




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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:10:07 AM »


Charles, Prince of Wales, right meets Rod Stewart in Philadelphia to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Academy of Music, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Beverly Schaefer, Pool)

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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:08:12 AM »


Britain's Prince Charles, 3rd right, and his wife Camilla, 2nd right, Duchess of Cornwall, with New York State Lt. Governor David Paterson, right, watch Trevor Campbell (on floor) and other students rehearsing Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" during a visit the Harlem Children's Zone in New York, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. Prince Charles arrived by private train with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to New York to visit a Harlem charter school and receive an award for his work on behalf of the environment. (AP Photo/Pool, Stan Honda)






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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:01:25 AM »




Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall greets performers after the Academy of Music's 150th Anniversary Concert in Philadelphia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Philadelphia to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Academy of Music. (AP Photo/POOL - Steven M. Falk - Philadelphia Daily News)



Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla visit the Heavenly Hall Church in West Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The royal couple are on a two-day visit to the United States that focuses on youth development, urban renewal and environmental stewardship. (AP Photo/ David Maialetti, Pool)



Youngsters react on the baksetball court after Prince Charles, center, scored a basket during a tour of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:54:50 AM »


Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, acknowledge the audience before the Academy of Music's 150th Anniversary Concert in Philadelphia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The Prince and Duchess arrived in the U.S. Friday, and will travel by train to New York City on Sunday where the Prince will receive the award of Global Environmental citizen, from former U.S. vice president Al Gore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)





Britain's Prince Charles, left, places his hand on philanthropist Leonore Annenberg after he gave her an award as Gov. Ed Rendell looks on before the Academy of Music's 150th Anniversary Concert in Philadelphia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The Prince and Duchess arrived in the U.S. Friday, and will travel by train to New York City on Sunday where the Prince will receive the award of Global Environmental citizen, from former U.S. vice president Al Gore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)


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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:50:10 AM »






Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, right, and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall pick up brushes and contribute to a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while visiting the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project at Heavenly Hall Saturday, January 27, 2007 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool)



Joseph Torsella, left, President of the National Constitution Center, guides Prince Charles and his wife Carmilla at Signers' Hall, a stylized evocation of the Assembly Room where the signers of the Constitution met on September 17, 1787, at the National Constitution Center. The room is occupied by life-size and lifelike bronze statues of the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution as well as the three who dissented, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Akira Suwa, Pool) 



Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Dutchess of Cornwall, touches a bronze statue at the Nation Constitution Center during a visit to Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla mixed historic sightseeing with an inner-city art tour and gospel music Saturday during their whirlwind three-day swing through Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Pool, Joseph Kaczmarek)

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The Windsors / Re: Charles, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:45:14 AM »


Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles view the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007.(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, Pool)





Britain's Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles and an unidentified official escort review a ceremonial guard as they walk to the entrance of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, the site where American colonists declared their independence from the British monarchy more than two centuries ago(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, Pool)









Britain's Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visit Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program's mural titled "Reading: A Journey" in Philadelphia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The Prince and Duchess arrived in the U.S. Friday, and will travel by train to New York City on Sunday where the Prince will receive the award of Global Environmental citizen, from former U.S. vice president Al Gore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Imperial Russian History / Re: Armenian Genocide
« on: January 24, 2007, 05:57:41 PM »
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