The Royal House of Romania, Engine of the Nation’s Development

familia regala 4In 2016, Romanian Royalty is celebrating 150 years since first gaining political power in the country after the coronation of Carol I, a historical figure who had been subject to many transformations throughout the years. The Royal family played an important role in the modernization and democratization of Romania.

In the year 1866, when Carol I took over power, the country had been merely a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, with an under-developed infrastructure and a rather medieval economy. However, by 1914 – the year when its king died – due to the efforts of the crown, Romania had been already a regional power that had won two consecutive wars: the war of independence (Russo-Turkish War 1877 – 1878)  and  the  Second  Balkan  War  (1913).

By this time, the infrastructure of the country was in full development, as Romanian engineers had built several famous architectural masterpieces  such as the Iron Bridge across the Danube in Cernavodă, the longest Bridge in Europe. Furthermore, Aurel Vlaicu  and  Traian Vuia had been the pioneers of aviation at that time. King Carol enabled economic development by introducing favourable laws and encouraging  it  personally  by his involvement in different projects. He invested capital in local enterprises such as the Beer Factory in Azuga. He also invited foreign  investors  to   open   businesses in Romania and similarly encouraged Romanian businessmen to operate on the European market. His successors to the throne Ferdinand I, Carol II and Mihai I followed in his footsteps.

Before the establishment of the communist regime, Romanian industry had experienced rapid development. By 1935, Romanian agriculture had been one of the most productive in Europe. According to statistics, Romania exported methane gas and petrol. It was also well known for its iron and coal exploitation. Romania was at the top of the European charts and 14th in the world in gold mining. In aluminium production it was in second place and Mica, it was in third place on global charts. They exported copper and salt to countries all over Europe and mineral water all over the world.

The countries industries abounded in oil distilleries, steel mills and ports and on the sea and major rivers.

In 1866, Romania did not have even one kilometre of railway, but by 1935 the country was already in possession of one of the most modern and well-balanced railway systems in Eastern Europe as well as airports in all the historical regions of the country. The first local automobile and aircraft brands had been established: Malaxa and IAR.

After the fall of communism, members of the royal family returned after an exile of half a century and have continued to encourage development of the Romanian economy ever since. Over 60 economic entities have been labelled as Official Providers of the Royal  House;  Furthermore,  the   members of the royal family had been involved in the promotion and export of local wines to Sweden and cereals to the Arab world. They continuously encourage major entrepreneurs from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Japan, Spain, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, Denmark, Sweden and other countries to invest in Romania. His Royal Highness, Price Radu stated in a public event that “the royal family plans to continue its work in the future”. The event was a meeting held on 23rd of March, 2015 between His Royal Highness, Prince Radu and business people from Cluj-Napoca.

“I would like you to know that members of the royal family do not spend their days offering high patronages. This is a family that has never hesitated to roll up their sleeves and get down to business whenever it was necessary. His Majesty, for instance, can fix your car. It is not a joke, in the 80’s two Romanians asked for his help because their car broke down in Versoix and His Majesty fixed it.

Not to mention all of the other public actions performed by members of the royal family in the service of the prosperity and solidarity of their country”, said Prince Radu.

His Royal Highness highlighted the fact that the involvement of the royal family in such matters is  part  of  a  noble  family  tradition. ”I would like you to know that in 1926, when Queen Maria visited the United States of America and 400,000 people greeted her on the streets of Manhattan, she then launched a slogan that needed 70 or 80 years to become fashionable. She said: «Americans, come, invest and establish business in my country!» This was in the year 1926”, Prince Radu also said in his speech.

 

This method has been used for nearly a century by the British royal family, who never cease to promote and encourage the public and private enterprises of their country. If such a well-developed country like the United Kingdom, at this day and age, still benefits from

the endorsement and economic promotion of the Royal House, then Romania is even more in need of such endeavours  from  the  part the Royal House”, added His Royal Highness, Prince Radu when encouraging Romanian business people to seek the help of the Royal Family.

“The best thing would be that, starting from tomorrow the important institutions of  the city and municipality, political and academic institutions alike would not hesitate to pay a visit to the royal family in the Elisabeth Palace in order to have a low-key, bilateral discussion about how the Royal family could help the economic development of the city and how can it serve the community”, this was the message of his Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania. He also added that “The royal family is involved in at least 12 official visits abroad each year and it would be a pleasure, not at all a burden, to make these visits useful for the citizens”.

 

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