The story of the Royal Crown of Romania takes us back to 1881. The government then proposed that it should be grandiose, but King Carol I wanted simplicity and sobriety. On April 19th 1881, the King sent a letter to his father, to which Karl Anton de Hohenzollern Sigmaringen responded with a well-reasoned memoir on how the coronation ceremony and crowns should be, given the establishment of a young and unconventional monarchy in Romania.
Designed by Teodor Aman in three proposals, the crown weights 1,115 grams and is made from the pipe of a Turkish cannon captured during the War of Independence between 1877-1878. King Carol I chose steel and not other precious metal to symbolize the courage of the Romanian soldiers.
The crown was offered to King Carol I on May 10, 1881 at the royal coronation ceremony, when Romania was proclaimed kingdom. After his death, the crown went to King Ferdinand I, who had his coronation at the ceremony in Alba Iulia. The last king to wear this monarchy symbol was King Mihai I of Romania, who passed away in December 2017 in Switzerland.
The Royal Crown of Romania will be exhibited during October 21st-28th in Arcub, located in the old center of Bucharest.
Arcub Address: Lipscani street no. 84-90, Bucharest, Google map. Program: Monday to Sunday, 10-19.
Photo source: descopera.ro