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Old 05-01-2015, 06:13 PM
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First of all the term "Uniate" is really offensive. All those who know the history of the Romanians recognize the fundamental role of the Greek-Catholic Church. The Constitution of 1923 spoke about two historical Churches and the Royal Family respects this reality even today.
Romania is not "an Orthodox cuntry" and does not have an official national Church but 18 denominations equally treated by the state.
The Romanian state was built by two Catholic Kings (Carol I, Ferdinand I), the National Anthem was composed by the Greek-Catholic Andrei Muresanu, the most important anti-communist leaders were the Greek-Catholics Iuliu Maniu and Corneliu Coposu and the Declaration of Union of 1918 of Transilvania with Romania was read by the future Cardinal Iuliu Hossu.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:28 PM
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Nicolae wrote today to his Facebook that they are near the end, today from Bucharest to Călărași. He doesn't want the Tour to end and is sad that it ends tomorrow.

Today they arrived to Călărași, the weather wasn't so good, rain and wind.
https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hp...65&oe=55C57401

Photos from Thursday of the arrival to Bucharest from the royal family website
Imagini de la sosirea n București a cicliștilor “Cărților Copilăriei” _ Familia Regală a Romniei _ Royal Family of Romania
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:35 PM
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I see what passion has prince Nicolae about this. BRAVO
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:13 PM
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Romania is a memberstate of the European Union and as such underlines the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 9 of that Convention says:

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
this right includes the freedom to change his religion or belief
and the reedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private,

to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

Nicholas just does not make a difference between Orthodoxes and Catholics and that is a very, very wise thing to do. Never stir up religion.
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:17 PM
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Isn't the main purpose of constitutional monarchy in Europe to be an apolitical symbol for all of a country's citizens and not favour one group over another? Not aware of Romanian politics but from a Swedish point of view Nicolae did the right thing to attend both churches.


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Old 05-02-2015, 01:51 PM
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It would be foolish to separate the religions. Should be very careful and advise him wisely at all steps to do. So far makes a great job.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:14 PM
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The fact he attended Easter celebrations both in the Orthodox and the Greek-Catholic Cathedrals of Cluj represents a return to the traditions of the Royal Family and a real understanding of the religious diversity of the country.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:15 PM
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Isn't the main purpose of constitutional monarchy in Europe to be an apolitical symbol for all of a country's citizens and not favour one group over another? Not aware of Romanian politics but from a Swedish point of view Nicolae did the right thing to attend both churches.


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In theory yes, but in the United Kingdom the Sovereign still is the (formal) "head" of the Church of England... One can say that the Queen is impartial but we see that the Church of England still has executive powers others do not have, for an example to have its bishops seated in the House of Lords, the upper House of Parliament.
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Old 05-02-2015, 02:18 PM
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Mayor of Călărași, Daniel Stefan Dragulin, gave prince Nicolae the Key of the City and an honorary diploma for involvement in the initiation and development of the activities for children and youth.
Primƒria Cƒlƒra™i/ ASR Principele Nicolae al României a primit Cheia Ora™ului
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Galleries from today's route
A noua zi_ ‟Cărţile copilăriei pe bicicletă” n Călărași _ Facebook
Ziua 11, etapa 9 - Bucuresti - Calarasi _ Facebook
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In theory yes, but in the United Kingdom the Sovereign still is the (formal) "head" of the Church of England... One can say that the Queen is impartial but we see that the Church of England still has executive powers others do not have, for an example to have its bishops seated in the House of Lords, the upper House of Parliament.
In Romania the Sovereign is not the Head of any Church/denomination, there is no official national Church and all the 18 denominations are equal. The Easter gesture of the King's grandson is so perfectly normal taking into account that in the same King's Family there are both Catholics and Orthodox.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:29 AM
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Today the last day, from Călărași to Constanța, where they should be at 19.00.
Nicolae wrote to his Facebook: Today is the last day of the tour 'childhood books on bike' and it was a wonderful experience. Asociatia Curtea Veche and I are very pleased to receive support on the road and in the cities from authorities and cyclists. I hope that we can move forward together and our message has been understood. Children are the future of our country. Let's encourage them together in education, health and happiness and all the world around them.
Thanks very much for those who cycled with us especially in Calarasi where it rained! a good day

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In Romania the Sovereign is not the Head of any Church/denomination, there is no official national Church and all the 18 denominations are equal. The Easter gesture of the King's grandson is so perfectly normal taking into account that in the same King's Family there are both Catholics and Orthodox.
That is true. My reply was to the poster whom stated that "in a constutional monarchy the King is impartial (in religious matters)" and I came up with the world's most famous monarchy in which the Sovereign is far from impartial: she even appoints its clergy...

For the rest Nicholas was completely right and wise to treat both Faiths equal. The late Pope John-Paul II once remarked that the Catholic- and the Orthodox Churches each are one of the two lungs from the one and the same Church. Amen to that.

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Old 05-03-2015, 01:05 PM
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Nicolae was interviewed after he arrived to Constanta and the Tour ended.
Principele Nicolae, punct final n turul ciclist _Cărţile copilăriei_

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Finish_ ‟Cărţile copilăriei pe bicicletă” n Constanța _ Facebook
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That is true. My reply was to the poster whom stated that "in a constutional monarchy the King is impartial (in religious matters)" and I came up with the world's most famous monarchy in which the Sovereign is far from impartial: she even appoints its clergy...

For the rest Nicholas was completely right and wise to treat both Faiths equal. The late Pope John-Paul II once remarked that the Catholic- and the Orthodox Churches each are one of the two lungs from the one and the same Church. Amen to that.

He represents certainly a new vision regarding society and a more inclusive one.
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Where does he really live now? I do not suppose he lives at Elisabeta Palace with his aunts anymore.
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Where does he really live now? I do not suppose he lives at Elisabeta Palace with his aunts anymore.
Obviously you haven't read the interviews I have posted links to, at this interview I have posted, Nicolae tells that he lives at an apartment close to the Elisabeta Palace. He has told this in other interviews too.
Rencontre avec le prince Nicolas de Roumanie - L'Express Styles

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Old 05-05-2015, 01:38 AM
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We know anything new about the personal life?
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:23 AM
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Obviously you haven't read the interviews I have posted links to, at this interview I have posted, Nicolae tells that he lives at an apartment close to the Elisabeta Palace. He has told this in other interviews too.
Rencontre avec le prince Nicolas de Roumanie - L'Express Styles

Gallery from Sunday from Nicolae's Facebook
Ziua 12, etapa 9 - Calarasi - Constanta _ Facebook

I knew he was not living with his aunts anymore but he has never explicitly spoke about the place nor he received journalists in his apartment.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:20 PM
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The article posted by LadyFinn tells that Nicholas is son of a British father (Professor Dr Robin Medforth-Mills) and born in Switzerland. He would still have lead a life full with sports and adventures, ready to jump on every plane, until suddenly his grandfather, former King Michael of Romania requested his involvement in Romania.

Nicholas had no idea what his grandfather was talking about: living in Romania and being in line of the (defunct) throne of Romania. That is why he spent a summer in Romania, talking a lot to his aunt Princess Margarita and travelling around. He became to learn Romania better and thanks to his aunt he was more aware what could be expected and which 'weight' eventually would press on his shoulders.

Nicholas also told he preferred to travel rather than go for another education. Nicholas enjoyed his life to the full max: an expedition in Namibia, in Thailand, working with horses on a ranch in Oregon, going to Madagascar with an organization dedicated to the protection of nature, being a kayak instructor in Kenya, etc. Nicholas also made money in the United Kingdom by working in a supermarket. After an illness (malaria) he decided to go for the serious life and went to the Royal Holloway College, University of London to study business and management.

In the interview Nicholas also told that after the birth his family moved from Switzerland to Sudan. After three years the family moved to Durham in the United Kingdom (the North of England). As a teenager Nicholas enrolled at Shiplake College, a boarding school in Oxfordshire. In the interview Nicholas told abouth the typical British life. He became Head of House, internship leader and captain of the field hockey team.

Nicholas told that going to Romania was a (culture) shock. He did not speak a word of Romanian. He started with an intensive course in Moldova. Slowly he started to understand the structure of Romania and how the land works. In the interview Nicholas stated he still has difficulties with Romanian language and sometimes needs to find words in English. He told that his aunt Princess Margarita and her husband Radu Duda introduced him in society. Who is who in secular and religious life? Etc.

In the interview Nicholas also told about his royal grandparents, former King Michael, Prince von Hohenzollern and Queen Anne (ne Princess de Bourbon de Parme). Every summer he met his grandparents in Switzerland, where they would play golf, go fishing and his grandfather driving around in a Jeep. Those memories are dear to Nicholas and he was happy to see both his grandparents in good health and enjoying life.

As told by LadyFinn, Nicholas stated he lives in an appartment on the domain of Palatul Elisabeta, home to his aunt Princess Margareta and his uncle Radu Duda. He started working for Curtea Veche Publishing. Make children read is one of his passions and that is why it still is one of Nicholas' missions. He also told that he has 'no idea' what to expect from future. He claimed that his grandfather, former King Michael, was very loved and respected in Romania. Everywhere Nicholas went, he received warmth and goodwill, Nicholas discovered it was easy to start a conversation with Romanians. Outside Romania Nicholas has already met royals from his generation from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Albania or Serbia. Nicholas stated that he is a "newbie" but learning fast.

Nicholas has no idea what future will bring to him. He thought that liffe has been incredibly kind to him. He never knew he would met such warm people in Romania. He thought he has "the best job in the world".
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The love and respect the people have for the King will be directed towards the King's grandson.
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