Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, was elected for a second term as president of the Romanian Red Cross. Her Majesty received 82 votes out of a total of 82 voters. The Romanian Red Cross National Society gathered in the meeting of the Steering Committee and then in the General Assembly of the organisation. Her husband Prince Radu was also present. He will have a more active role in the Romanian Red Cross over the next four years.
At the same meeting, the Vice-Presidents, members of the Steering Committee and members of the National Council were elected.
Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, has an increasingly more significant role in Romania. In 2018, Her Majesty received the accolade of Romania’s most influential woman in 2018. The award was given to Her Majesty in recognition of her activity in promoting Romania to the world and its sustained efforts to build and consolidate a healthy society. Since the death of her father King Michael, Margareta has become very prominent in both Romanian society and Romanian politics.
The Romanian Red Cross is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organisation that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside Romania. It is the designated national affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Romania became a signatory to the First Geneva Convention of 1864 and ratified it in 1874. Two years later, on 4 July 1876, the Romanian Red Cross Society was founded in Romania and began work in the present headquarters of the Colțea Hospital in Bucharest. During the War of Independence of 1877-1878, the first and second Balkan War, WW1 and WW2, the Red Cross had an important role.