Crown Princess Margareta of Romania has handed out awards to volunteers of the National Red Cross Society of Romania as a part of the celebrations for the 140th anniversary of the organisation’s founding. The volunteers were all dressed in their red and white coloured uniforms as they went to collect their awards. Crown Princess Margareta also dressed for the occasion in a bright red jacket and a white skirt.
During the ceremony, Crown Princess Margareta gave a speech in which she said:
“In 140 years, the Red Cross has transformed people’s lives and society has mobilised to help those in need, to change destinies and enliven communities.
Red Cross projects cultivate respect and friendship between people and between generations. It’s a dream come true to have over 5,500 volunteers involved in projects run by National Red Cross Society branches.
I wish that more Romȃni to follow suit.
I congratulate and thank everyone for their dedication, commitment and energy to helping those less fortunate.”
Crown Princess Margareta also met with a delegation from the European Regional Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.
Crown Princess Margareta is the eldest daughter of the deposed King Michael I of Romania and the recently deceased Queen Anne of Romania. She has four younger sisters, although her sister Irina was stripped of her royal titles after she and her husband pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business. She and her two children were removed from the line of succession. Crown Princess Margaret is married to Prince Radu (born Radu Duda) but the couple has no children. Next in the line of succession is her younger sister Princess Elena, although her son Nicolas was also stripped of his royal title he had only just acquired seven years before, possibly due to him fathering an illegitimate child.