On April 25-27, 1992, King Mihai I, accompanied by Queen Anne, made a special visit to Romania, in response to the invitation he had received from Archbishops Suceava and Radauti, Bimen, to spend the Easter holiday in Putna Monastery, Agripris recalled. Monday in a documentary.
This was King Mihai’s first visit to Romania after nearly 45 years in exile. After the communist regime came to power, on December 30, 1947, King Mihai I was forced to abdicate and leave the country in early January 1948. King Mihai considered Easter to be the most important holiday of the year, mentioned in the book “The King’s Year”. “In exile, the King and Queen were guests of many Orthodox churches, monasteries and cathedrals throughout Europe and America,” states the same book.
The main stages were the visit of King Michael I from April 25 to 27, 1992 to Putna, Bucharest and Kertia de Arges, where he was warmly received by hundreds of thousands of people.
A statement issued by the press office of King Michael I of Versace (Switzerland) and received by Rombers (official name at the time of ANP AGERPRES, No.), on April 21, 1992, said: “Your Majesty, the King and Queen will arrive in Romania on Saturday 25 April and will attend Easter Prayers. At Putna Monastery On Easter Their Majesties will be in Bucharest, where they will attend the Second Resurrection at St. George Church, at 1 pm Their Majesties will spend the night in Bucharest and hope to visit the ancestral cemeteries in Cortia de Arges as well. Their Majesties will end their visit to Romania , of a special and restricted character, on Monday, April 27.”
“In the coming days we will witness moments of emotion on the occasion of the reunion of His Majesty King Mihai with the country he was forced to leave 45 years ago (…)” wrote “Romani Lieber” in the 24th edition. April 1992.
On Saturday, April 25, 1992, King Mihai I and Queen Anna arrived at Salcia Airport near Suceava, where they were met by Archbishop of Suceava and Rudoy Pimen. Also at the airport were King Michael’s second daughter, Princess Elena, and her son, Prince Nicholas, who arrived in Romania two days earlier. “In the tradition of Bukovina’s hospitality, Their Majesties were greeted with bread and salt, and a group of children dressed in traditional folk costumes presented them with flowers,” Rombres said.
Subsequently, in the Putna Monastery, King Mihai took part in a religious service that was held near the tomb of Stephen the Great. King Mihai seemed moved by the reception he received, and addressed a few words to the people of the monastery, in which he spoke of his long absence from the country. The royal anthem was sung and “Long live the King,” Rombres told “King Mihai.” In a message from Putna Monastery, the Associated Press reported that “more than 5,000 people have gathered inside this picturesque monastery in northern Romania” to greet King Mihai before the Orthodox Easter prayer.
Also on April 25, more than 200 representatives of the Romanian and foreign press, from publications, news agencies or radio and television stations, attended the press conference of King Michael I in the Royal Throne Hall of the Putna Monastery.
Resurrection services were attended from Saturday evening to Sunday, starting at 11.40 pm, by King Mihai, Queen Anne, Princess Helen and Prince Nicholas.
On Sunday, April 26, King Mihai arrived in Bucharest, where at 1:30 pm he attended the Easter Mass at St. George’s Church. Arriving at the church, he was greeted by thousands of Bucharest residents who occupied the Zero Kilometer area. Rombres said that at the end of the mass, King Mihai spoke with those who came to receive him and thanked them for the way he received him and sent them the message “Christ is Risen!”
About 100,000 Romanians paid tribute to King Mihai on his arrival in Bucharest, the capital of the country exiled by the communists 45 years ago, Reuters and the Associated Press reported. The royal queue stopped several times along Main Avenue, so that King Mihai could shake hands with those present.
In the Piata Romani, “their Majesties enthusiastically greeted the enthusiastic demonstrators who, from sidewalk to sidewalk and crept en masse on the road, decided the cars in the Royal Pavilion to advance” on foot “on the streets of Maghero and Bielsko. (…) a sea of people overflowing with happiness, All the way to the church of Sfântu Gheorghe, zero kilometers from the country, where the royal car arrived laden with flowers!” (…) When His Majesty King Mihai came out to the church porch, enthusiasm exploded! (…) ”, noted the newspaper “România Liberă” of April 29, 1992.
“In Svanto Gorge Square, a large number of people are waiting for the king’s arrival. Within a radius of 200 meters around St. George’s Church, the crowd is so compact that it is impossible to approach the church. Any free space is used: the windows of the surrounding buildings are occupied by people, and they have climbed Many curious people trees, poles, fences … ”, wrote the newspaper“ Cotidianul ”from April 29, 1992.
In the afternoon of the same day, King Mihai I held a series of meetings in the royal apartment of the Continental Hotel with representatives of the Church, people of culture, historians, scholars, students, journalists, leaders of parties and associations.
Towards the evening, about 6.45 pm, King Mihai I addressed the crowd gathered around the Continental Hotel from the balcony: “I have arrived here in Bucharest, from Putna, after 45 years of wandering. I am so glad that this visit here coincided with the Easter holiday. Easter, through the resurrection of our Savior, I am convinced that there will also be a resurrection of the Roman country. I am sure and know that Romania will be resurrected and reborn. Although I have been away from you for more than 45 years, I have never forgotten you and love you with all my heart! ( …) ”, reported the “România Liber” newspaper of April 29, 1992.
The same newspaper reported that during King Michael I’s visit to Romania, there were 6000 participants in Putna, 500,000 in Bucharest and about 30,000 in Cortia de Arges.
“Monday, April 27. The caravan route to Curtea de Argeş begins at 8.45 am with two stops: Troita from University Square and Roman Square. Due to Her Majesty’s desire to go on the ancient route, the procession goes to Pitesti via Chitila. In the villages, old people, women and children are greeted Your Majesty and Queen (…) ”, wrote the newspaper Quotidienol, in a report published on April 29, 1992.
On Monday afternoon, King Mihai arrived at the Cortia de Arges monastery. He was greeted here by a crowd of about 30 thousand people who wore tricolor flags and portraits of the king. Bishop Nevon Ploshteno said a few words of welcome. Then King Mihai I, Queen Anne, Princess Helen and Prince Nicholas attended a memorial service for Kings Carol I and Ferdinand I, who are buried here. Leaving the church, addressing those present, King Mihai thanked them for the warm welcome given to them, and at the end addressed them with the words “Christ is Risen!” At the episcopal residence in the courtyard of the Curtea de Argeş monastery, King Mihai I and his entourage took part in a lunch hosted by the Archdiocese of Argeş and Tellerman, Romper reported.
In the afternoon of April 27, 1992, King Mihai I and the people who accompanied him during his visit to the court of Arges returned to the capital. At Otopeni Airport, King Mihai I again thanked those present for the hospitality he had enjoyed during his stay in Romania, after which he boarded a private plane with his wing, and left Romania, about 16.00.
In a statement sent to the press upon his return to Versois and the assumption of Rompers, King Mihai I said: “The most important dimension remains in these days he spent in the country, however, he reunited me with my people after nearly 45 years of exile.” . The love, warmth, and hope with which he greeted us, when he came to greet us in great numbers, moved and moved me deeply.”