Yesterday, Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania sent her official congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in connection with the birth of their third child.
Regarding the congratulatory message, the Royal House stated: “Her Majesty Margareta and Prince Radu sent today a congratulatory letter to the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of the coming of the third child of Their Royal Highnesses. The Little Prince of Cambridge was born at St Mary’s Hospital in London on the morning of yesterday, April 23, 2018.”
The Romanian and British royal families have a relatively close relationship. In March 2017, Prince Charles visited Romania and spent a significant amount of time together with members of the Romanian Royal Family. On Thursday 30th March 2017, The Prince of Wales met with members of Romania’s Royal Family at the Elisabeta Palace. Prince Charles met Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, King Michael’s eldest daughter, for afternoon tea at the palace. Prince Charles also attended the funeral of King Michael of Romania last year. His Royal Highness previously visited the Elisabeta Palace in 2011 and 2016.
The Romanian and British royal families are also a relatively closely related family. As a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, through both of his parents, King Michael was a third cousin of, among others, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Elizabeth II. This makes, Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, a fourth cousin of Prince Charles.
Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, has since her father died last year, become a popular and important political person in the Republic of Romania. Last month, the Romanian Forbes Woman 2018 Gala was held in Bucharest. During this event, Her Majesty Margareta received the prize as Romania’s most influential woman in 2018.
Then-Princess Margareta was born on 26 March 1949 as the eldest child of King Michael and Queen Anne in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has four younger sisters: Princess Elena, Princess Irina, Princess Sophie and Princess Maria. Romania was a constitutional monarchy from 1881 until 1947, when King Michael was forced to abdicate. An authoritarian communist dictatorship replaced the monarchy.