16 December 2017

Romania Pays Its Final Respects to Its King. In Moscow, a Memorial Service is Held for the Newly-Reposed King Michael I

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On December 16, 2017, in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania and other clergy officiated at the funeral of King Michael I of Romania, who reposed in the Lord in Switzerland on December 5.

Later that same day, His Majesty was buried alongside his royal ancestors and his wife, Queen Anne of Romania, in the Monastery of St. Nicholas in the former capital of the Principality of Wallachia, Curtea-de-Argeş.

Attending the funeral service in the cathedral and the burial was the king’s second cousin, the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, Grand Duchess Maria of Russia. Praying at these services for the soul of the newly-reposed king were the new Head of the Romanian Royal House, the Curatrix of the Royal Crown, Princess Margarita, and the entire royal family, as well as many of the king’s countrymen. Also attending were: King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and his wife, Queen Sylvia; Grand Duke Henri I of Luxembourg; the former King of Spain, Juan-Carlos I, and his wife, Queen Sophia; Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria; Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, Princess of Denmark; the Heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Charles, Prince of Wales; the Head of the Austrian Imperial House, Archduke Karl of Austria; the Head of the German Imperial and Prussian Royal House, Prince Georg-Friedrich of Prussia; the Head of the Royal House of Portugal, Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza; the Head of the Royal House of Yugoslavia, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, with his wife, Crown Princess Catherine; the Head of the Royal House of Albania, Prince Leka of Albania, with his wife, Princess Elia; the Head of the House of Baden, Margrave Maximilian of Baden, and his wife, Margravine Valerie; the Heir of the Head of the Royal House of Italy, Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Piedmont and Venice; Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan; Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, and her husband, Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este; Sheikh Rashid bin Kahifa al-Khalifa of Bahrain; Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein; Princess Rym al-Ali of Jordan; Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark; Archduke Dominic of Austria, and his wife Archduchess Emmanuella; Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, and her husband, Baron Hans Ulrich von Holzhausen, and daughter, Alexandra Ferch; Prince Nicholas of Greece; Duke Eberhard of Württemberg; Princess Chantal of France, and her husband, Baron François-Xavier de Sambucy de Sorgue; Princess Anna de Ligne, and her husband, Chevalier Charles de Fabribeckers de Cortils et Grâce; and Princess Tatiana Radziwill, and her husband, Dr. Jean Henri Fruchaud. (See a video of the funeral here: http://ru.euronews.com/2017/12/16/romania-royal-funeral.)

That same day, in Moscow, a memorial service for the newly-reposed King Michael I was held in the Church of the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple at Saltykov Bridge. The service was officiated by the clergy of the Church of the Presentation, and by Hieromonk Nikon (Levachev-Belavenets), the Head of the Department of Historical and Memorial Activities of the Chancellery of Imperial House of Romanoff.

Attending the service were the Director of the Chancellery, Alexander N. Zakatov; the Minister-Counsellor of the Romanian Embassy to the Russian Federation, Ilie Skipor; the President of the organization “For Faith and Fatherland,” K. R. Kasimovsky; and members of the organization’s Board of Directors.

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