Romfilatelia was present, today, at the Cotroceni National Museum, at an event organized by the ARTIS Association in partnership with the Iași City Hall, which concluded the educational project entitled Centenary of the Coronation of King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie. Hosted in the Cerchez Hall and under the auspices of the Royal Family of Romania, the event brought together personalities and the public fond of national history, offering the opportunity to recall some of the bright moments of the beginning and the end of the 20th century.
Thus, the photographic exhibition “1922, the Coronation Year” which was curated by Nicolae Pepene, director of the County Museum of History of Brașov, and the screening of the film “King Michael – The Road Home” generated not only the emotion of meeting the monarch who took upon himself the gesture of taking the country out of an anachronistic alliance, but they were a good opportunity to remember, to better understand our recent history and not only. In this context, the guests and the three ambassadors of the cultural caravan (Irina – Margareta Nistor, Adrian Cioroianu and Nicolae Pepene) were convinced that, as King Ferdinand used to say, “nothing can be made alive in the life of a state except on national foundations”.
Consistent with its programme to promote the outstanding personalities of the history of the Romanian nation, Romfilatelia exhibited in the Cotroceni Museum a panel reflecting one of the most important moments in the affirmation of Greater Romania: the Coronation of Alba Iulia on October 15th, 1922.
The postage stamps issue created for this anniversary illustrates in the images of the philatelic products chronological episodes of the ceremonial moment of a century ago: King Ferdinand crowned with the steel crown of Royalty – also known as the crown of Independence, Queen Marie crowned with the golden crown specially made for the event and which became a historical symbol of it, the royal couple Ferdinand and Marie, the first kings of Great Romania and the image of the historical monument that still stands today: The Church of the Coronation, known as the Reunification Church.
The postage stamps include the souvenir sheet of the issue which was launched under the title “Kings of Great Romania. Centenary of the Coronation”. The souvenir sheet reproduces in facsimile King Ferdinand’s Declaration, which he made immediately after the ceremony in front of the crowd cheering the royal couple, symbol of the Kingdom of Great Romania.
Overall, the panel presented today is a historical archive document, an original document with a clear, easily understandable message.
Congratulations to the organisers!