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Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, addresses her nation on the coronavirus crisis

Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania
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Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Crown of Romania, addressed the Romanian people on Sunday regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Her Majesty spoke to Romanians about the way everyone can show their generosity, humanity, civic spirit and compassion, at a difficult time in the life of the Romanian nation. Her Majesty’s message was clear: “In the hard days, we are all together”.

Her Majesty said: “It is absolutely necessary that we continue to stay home and understand the seriousness of the situation. I know it is very difficult. In addition, you should not buy too much foods. This creates blockages and does not help anyone”.

As of 5 April, 3, 864 cases of corona have been confirmed in Romania. More than 108,000 people are in quarantine and 151 have died. Her Majesty also said: ” The civil society and Romanians show generosity and a sense of responsibility. There are many associations and individuals who provide high moral, psychological and service support to many who are isolated at home.”

She noted that the services of the Royal Margareta Foundation of Romania continue and that the “Elderly Phone” service continues to be in use daily with five psychologists, three social workers and twenty volunteers talking on the phone with elderly people across Romania who feel lonely at this time. They give psychological advice, emotional comfort, practical information and social counselling.

His Majesty Margareta also says that the foundation has donated special funds for older people to help with problems caused by coronavirus. Her Majesty concluded her message to the Romanian people with the following statement: “In the end, I will thank and show my gratitude to all the doctors, medical staff and thousands of volunteers who are at the frontline of the struggle with this new enemy of humanity”.

In late March  Her Majesty Margareta, the Custodian of the Crown of Romania, announced that she would make large parts of one of the palaces available to Romanians who have to quarantine because of the coronavirus. Her Majesty Margareta and her sisters has now made 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 are now quarantined.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.