Her Majesty Margaretha, Custodian of the Crown of Romania issued on Sunday a statement to the people of Romania on Moldova.
Her Majesty said: “Today is the national holiday of May 10. Every year, the Elisabeta Palace opens its doors wide to thousands of Romanians, people from the Republic of Moldova and in all corners of the world. Unfortunately, this year we cannot do the same. We are thinking today of all those who celebrate today the Romanian Crown, our modern history and our aspirations for freedom, progress and democracy. Over the course of a century and a half, all generations of my family have taken part in this great Romanian celebration of spring and national identity. Even if these days are difficult for all of us, I wish you all a good May 10th holiday with hope, trust and conviction in the destiny of our country”.
May 10 has a triple meaning for the Romanian people as it is linked to three major events in the history of the Romanian people that happened on this day. On May 10, 1866, Carol I became King of Romania. Eleven years later, the Romanian state formalized its independence and on May 10, 1881 Romania became an independent kingdom.
The Romanian Royal Family has given its support to a new union between the two Romanian-speaking countries of Romania and Moldova. Recently, the Romanian Royal Family visited Moldova and received a warm welcome from those who came to see them. “The affection and respect that the Royal House enjoys in Romania’s sister country is the most beautiful gift that we could possibly receive”, said Her Majesty in a statement to the Romanian Parliament in 2018.
The Romanian Revolution in 1989 and the independence of Moldova in 1991 further contributed to the development of a movement for the unification of the two Romanian-speaking nations. Individuals who advocate the unification are described as ‘unionists’. About 33% of Moldovans would welcome a reunification with Romania according to a poll conducted in December 2017. The favourable solution would be to reunite the nations under a Romanian constitutional monarchy.