Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, and the Romanian Royal Family, have chosen to make large parts of one of its palaces available to Romanians who have to quarantine because of the coronavirus.
At 18 March, 260 cases of corona were confirmed in Romania. More than 3,510 people are in institutionalized quarantine, and 26,545 are in isolation at home and under medical supervision.
Her Majesty Margareta and her sisters will make 53 individual accommodation spaces in the hotels and villas from the Peles Castle to the National Committee for Emergency Situations, free of charge, for those who will have to be quarantined. The Crown Custodian’s Household has received the approval of this decision from the National Committee on Special Emergency Situations. At the castle, the “Economat Building” and the “Guard’s Chambers Building” are now hotels with space for many people. Some of the other buildings on the Peles Estate has also been converted to tourist villas which can be used.
Her Majesty’s charity organisation has also established a phone-line for the elderly Romanians which is open 24 hours a day. Her Majesty cares a lot and has done much to improve the Romanian health system. In 2019, 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.
Peles Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, in Prahova County, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914. Its inauguration was held in 1883. It was constructed for King Carol I.
In 2006, the Romanian government announced the restitution of the castle to former monarch Michael I. Negotiations soon began between the former king and the government of Romania and they were concluded in 2007. Peles Castle receives between 250,000 and almost 500,000 visitors annually.