Israel Welcomes Romanian Royals

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 |  Yossi Aloni

Romania’s Princess Margarita and her husband, Prince Radu, were honored guests last week in Israel. The visit culminated in a touching meeting at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum between the princess and 10 Holocaust survivors who, as children, were saved from the Nazis by her grandmother, the Queen Mother Elena.

It was Princess Margarita’s first visit to Israel. At age 62, she is the oldest of King Michael’s five daughters, and his declared successor, though full parliamentary approval is still lacking.

Her visit to Yad Vashem was marked by a special ceremony along the “Avenue of the Righteous,” an exhibit honoring those Gentiles who, at great risk to themselves, did their all to protect Jews from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Queen Mother Elena was officially honored as a “Righteous Among the Nations” back in 1993.

Both Prince Radu and Princess Margarita had said a visit to Israel was a dream of theirs. Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin said he was glad they finally made it.

“I explained to the prince and princess the importance of their support in European institutions,” Elkin told reporters following a meeting with the royals. “These days, we need all the help we can get … [and] there is no doubt that we need to further promote strong relations with Romania.”

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