Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown celebrates her 71st Birthday on Thursday, 26 March 2020.
Margareta was born on 26 March 1949 at the Clinique de Montchoisi in Lausanne, Switzerland, the eldest daughter of King Michael I of Romania and his wife, Anne of Bourbon-Parma, during their exile.
Prince Philip was chosen as her godfather when Margareta was christened in The Romanian Orthodox Church.
She has four sisters, Princess Elena (born 1950), Princess Irina (born 1953), Princess Sophie (born 1957) and Princess Maria (born 1964).
Margareta spent her childhood in Switzerland and at Ayot House, St Lawrence, in England, but spent holidays staying with her grandmothers, Queen Helen of Romania in Italy, and Princess Margaret (her namesake) in Denmark.
She also spent holidays with her British cousins Prince Charles and Princess Anne, as well as relatives in Greece and Luxembourg.
Margareta was also one of five bridesmaids during the wedding of Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark to King Constantine II of Greece in 1964.
Her education was mostly in England and France and completed her baccalaureate in Switzerland, and attended University in Edinburgh. Margareta graduated in 1974.
She married actor Radu Duda in 1996, who became Prince Radu, but they have no children.
Unrest in Romania started in December 1989 by anti-government protesters leading to a revolution within the nation.
Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu and his deputy (and wife) Elena Nicolae Ceaușescu were deposed on Christmas Day and executed—ending 42 years of socialism.
However, Romania did not restore the monarchy, despite King Michael’s hopes, but the government did restore his citizenship and allow him to visit his homeland.
King Michael died on 5 December 2016, with Margareta as his designated heir since 1997.
Queen Margareta is said to have no official role in the Romanian government but she and Prince Radu develop close ties with foreign countries, their heads of state and has met with European royalty.
Queen Margareta also posted her first vlog, as part of her birthday celebrations, addressing Romanians about the coronavirus and to thank everyone for their best wishes and congratulations.
Queen Margreta’s household, according to her official Twitter account @casamsregelui, has donated school supplies to 50 children from the village of Săvârșin, so they can continue lessons at home during the coronavirus threat.
The Queen and her sisters have also provided 53 individual accommodation spaces in the hotels and villas (free of charge) on the Pelesh Estate to the National Committee for Emergency Situations, for anyone who needs to be quarantined.
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