Royal couple celebrated at the Athenaeum
Romania’s King Mihai and Queen Anna have celebrated their diamond wedding on Tuesday evening within the Romanian Athenaeum, in the attendance of Queen Sofia of Spain, Prime Minister Tariceanu and former presidents Iliescu and Constantinescu.
published in issue 4201 page 3 at 2008-06-12
BUCHAREST - The celebration in the Athenaeum – marked by an extraordinary performance of the ‘George Enescu’ Philharmonic and by a cocktail party, has gathered hundreds of high officials from Romania and from abroad, not just politicians but also businessmen and artists. Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, former presidents Ion Iliescu and Emil Constantinescu and Bogdan Olteanu, the Speaker of the Lower Chamber, stood out from among the guests.
Evoking the importance of the Royal family for the modern Romania, through the balance it gives to the state’s institutions, the Romanian Premier wished King Mihai and Queen Anna ‘to continue in good health and to be able to enjoy the moments that they live in the midst of their fellow citizens.’ ‘It is a symbol of the normalcy that has settled in our country from this point of view too’ Ion Iliescu stated in turn.
When coming out of the Athenaeum several passersby wished the Royal couple the traditional ‘Happy Birthday!’ and chanted ‘Long live the King!’ President Traian Basescu – one of the important absentees from the event – claimed that he did not attend the Royal couple’s diamond wedding because ‘it was not part of my schedule.’ ‘I will wait for mine (diamond wedding)’ the Head of State answered.
The diamond wedding ceremonies continued on Wednesday with a special reception at the Peles Royal Castle from Sinaia.