Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta of Romania honoured the Romanian soldiers who fell under the battle of Mărăşti in eastern Romania on Tuesday. The Crown Princess was on this journey accompanied by her husband, Prince Radu of Romania.
The royals travelled by royal train from the capital of Bucharest and stopped several times along the route before arriving at Mărăşti. At the stops of Cincu, Smardan and Babadag, thousands of Romanians gathered to see the royals. Several brought pictures of the Crown Princess’s father, Romania’s last King, His Majesty King Michael of Romania. Several also brought flowers to the Crown Princess. Throughout the royal journey, you could hear people spontaneously shouting, “Long live King Michael!”
United States Ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm and his wife accompanied the royal couple during the visit. The royal train trip was described as “a train journey in gratitude to the Romanian people and the sacrifice they made for Romania during the First World War.”
More than 1500 Romanian soldiers were killed in the battle, and more than 3,000 were injured during the eight days the battle was fought. Major military forces participated in the marking of the fight. This year marks 100 years since the battle took place. Also, central members of the Orthodox Church participated in the marking of the jubilee.
There was a touching service outside the church in Mărăşti that was bombed during the eight-day battle. The Crown Princess sat on the first row for the service which was dedicated to those who gave their lives for their country. A brand new carpet was donated to the church; on the rug, gold writing stated, “Let us build our country with love. In memory of those who died here.”
It has not been long since the Crown Princess returned from Switzerland where she visited her very ill father. Late in 2016, His Majesty was diagnosed with chronic leukaemia and metastatic epidermoid carcinoma and had to face a complex treatment.