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King Mihai guiding beacon, that light of a principled and righteous Romania, will never get dark, transmitted to the Romanians the Custodian of the Crown, Her Majesty Margareta, in the speech uttered at Peles Castle, on Sunday, during the ceremony in which the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations awarded her the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.

"Tomorrow we celebrate a hundred years since the birth of King Mihai. Throughout my life, the bright beacon of all that I did was my father. Whenever I wondered what direction to take, all I had to do was look at that traveler's beacon and get the right answer. I thank you for the prestigious honorary doctorate awarded by your university and I renew my commitment to the Romanians that King Mihai's traveler's beacon, that light of a principled and righteous Romania, will never get dark," said the Custodian of the Romanian Crown in her speech.

The ceremony in which the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations awarded the titles of Doctor Honoris Causa to Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and to His Royal Highness, Prince Radu took place in the Hall of Honor of the Peles Castle in central Sinaia resort.

"My father, King Mihai, like all my predecessors, presided over many public events in this room, and we continue this tradition today, but in very different circumstances. For Romania's conditions in my father's time were bleak. Then we were faced with either the domination of Nazism and Fascism or the domination of Stalin's Soviet Union. Romania of 2021 is in an incomparably better position. We are a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance, a network of organisations that support our stability today and ensure our security and prosperity in the future," said the Custodian of the Crown.

In this context, Her Majesty stressed the importance of our country's belonging to the two organisations.

"In NATO, Romania is already an exporter, not just a consumer of security. And in the EU, our political leadership will do its utmost to support the unity of our ties; whatever disagreements we have, I know that our country will never threaten the unity of the European Union," the Crown Custodian said.

At the same time, Her Majesty mentioned the contribution of the Royal Family, joined by the State institutions, to the promotion of Romania's image and interests at a global level.

"During our travels, speeches and many other activities, we want to highlight the deeply European roots of our country and society and our sustainable contribution to the European continent. It is a multi-disciplinary, multi-religious and multi-ethnic contribution, which enriches the continent and which is enriched by it, a contribution that is not frozen in the past, but enjoys, in many respects, a renaissance today, because millions of our citizens establish their residence in other countries, many - I hope - only for a short period of time. I don't think our Family's effort is a purely national enterprise. I hope that what we are going to do will also highlight how interconnected Western Europe is with the so-called East. We are together now because we have always been together; only the cruel twists of history have temporarily separated us. Next, our effort must not be exclusively European. Just as the political leadership is constantly struggling to do, we must also stress the essential role of the two great North American nations in our transatlantic Alliance, as well as why we should remain united," the Crown Custodian said.AGERPRES(RO - author: Anamaria Constantin, editor: Mirela Barbulescu; EN - editor: Maria Voican)

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