Last week, Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, concluded a three-day visit to Poland which started on Wednesday in Warsaw. Her Majesty was accompanied by her husband, Prince Radu on their first foreign visit of 2020. The royals arrived at the Chopin International Airport where they were greeted by the Ambassador of Romania to the Polish Republic.
The trip, lasting from 4-6 March 2020, was the first to Poland for Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown.
On Wednesday evening, Her Majesty Margareta and Prince Radu participated in the opening gala of the “Women Leadership Forum”, a meeting that takes place in Warsaw under the High Patronage of the Custodian of the Romanian Crown.
On the second day of the visit, Her Majesty met with Mrs Emilewicz, Minister of Economic Development of the Polish Government. They both attended the opening of the “Women Today: Voices from Central Europe” debate, which is a part of the “Women Leadership Forum”.
The conference continued with a second debate, in which women with important leadership positions in economics, politics and administration were invited to speak. Her Majesty Margareta delivered a speech on the theme “Participation of women in public life”. The speech was followed by a dialogue with the hall, in which Her Majesty and Prince Radu answered questions from the audience.
On the last day of the visit, Her Majesty and Prince Radu visited the Warsaw Insurrection Museum, accompanied by historian Paweł Ukielski. After the entrance of Her Majesty in the Festival Hall of the museum, the Romanian Royal Anthem was played.
In February 2019, Romania and Poland marked 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations. On that day, a century ago, during the reign of King Ferdinand I, provisional representations were established, in Bucharest and Warsaw. At the end of June 1923, King Ferdinand I, accompanied by Queen Mary, made a state visit to the Republic of Poland, visiting Warsaw, Krakow and Łańcut.
The thread of Romanian royal visits was renewed after 64 years in January 2003 when Prince Radu of Romania paid a visit to Poland, representing King Michael. The visit was part of the Royal Family’s actions for Romania’s integration into the European Union. The Prince then visited Warsaw and Krakow. The first meeting between King Michael and President Lech Wałęsa took place in Bucharest in 2006. Also, in 2014, the Polish President was the guest of His Majesty King Michael. On behalf of the Custodian of the Crown, Prince Radu paid a four-day visit to Poland in 2017.
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Her Majesty Margareta and Prince Radu hosted an evening dedicated to the Republic of Poland at the Elisabeta Palace to mark the centenary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.