„We can have no future without respecting our past”, King Mihai I said in an address to a joint sitting of the Romanian Parliament on Tuesday, on the occasion of his 90th anniversary.
The former sovereign stressed there are more than 60 years since he last addressed the Romanian nation from the Parliament’s rostrum and he said our first duty today is to remember those who died for the Romanians’ independence and freedoms.
„Our first duty today is to remember all those who died for our independence and freedoms, in all the wars we had to wage and in the December 1989 events, that toppled the communist dictatorship”, King Mihai said.
King Mihai I’s presence in Parliament is the main event among a wider host of events celebrating his 90th birth anniversary that will be held in October and November.
Thus, on Tuesday evening, the National Opera House in Bucharest will host a gala concert where soloists Nelly Miricioiu, Teodor Ilincai, Vlad Mirita, the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra and the Defence Ministry Military Band will be performing.
Attending the concert will be King Mihai I and the Romanian Royal Family, members of other royal houses from Europe and Asia and other foreign guests as well.
The evening will end with an official dinner to be organized in the honour of King Mihai I at the CEC Palace in Bucharest, where King Mihai, Queen Ana, other members of the Romanian Royal House, as well as Asian and European royals and foreign guests will be attending.
On the occasion of the 90th Jubilee of King Mihai I, the former sovereign on Tuesday will award the King Mihai I Medal for Loyalty, the Romanian Royal House Cross and the Nihil Sine Deo Royal Decoration to Romanian, European and American personalities.
Also invited to attend these events were representatives of the Royal Houses from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Sweden.
King Mihai I (Romania’s sovereign over 1927-1930 and 1940-1947) was born on Oct. 25, 1921 in Sinaia (central Romania). He is the son of King Carol II (at rule over 1930-1940) and Queen Elena, princess of Greece.
King Mihai is the main author behind the act on Aug. 23, 1944, when Romania returned the arms against Hitler’s Germany and took part in the military operations of the anti-fascist coalition. Thanks to this move, the World War II was shortened by at least 200 days, according to the Romanian historians.
On Dec. 30, 1947 a group of Communist politicians forced King Mihai I to abdicate and leave Romania in Jan. 1948 along with his family. After the departure, the former ruler lived for a while in Great Britain, but he eventually settled in Aubonne, Switzerland (since 2004).
Mihai I became on Dec. 19, 2007 an honorary member of the Romanian Academy. On May 10, 2011 at the Elisabeta Palace he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London order by Guild of Freemen of the City of London and he was celebrated by the British officials for having shortened the World War II by at least six months and having saved thousands of lives.
On Oct. 23, 2011 King Mihai I was awarded the title of honorary citizen of Kromeriz Czech city. He was offered this title as a sign of gratitude for the part he has played in the World War II for the liberation of several cities from German occupation.