Mourners gather at King Charles III home in Transylvania to reflect on queen’s life

Mourners gather at King Charles III Blue House in Viscri, Romania. photo: British embassy
Mourners gather at King Charles III Blue House in Viscri, Romania. photo: British embassy

British Ambassador Andrew Noble led a  one-minute moment of silence on Sunday evening at in Transylvania at Britain’s King Charles III’s “Blue House”.

Dozens of local residents  in Viscri, central Romania and others joined the ambassador at 8pm local time to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II who died on Sept. 8 on the eve of her funeral.

Mourners, some of them holding candles, reflected on the life and legacy of Britain’s longest-serving monarch who reigned for 70 years.


People across Britain also paused for minute of silence at 8pm London time in memory of the late queen.

The government had encouraged people to spend a minute in reflection, either at home or in locally organized ceremonies.

In Westminster Hall, where the queen is lying in state, the line of mourners halted for 60 seconds.

Mr Noble said that the late queen, who died aged 96, “was very familiar with what was happening in Romania” after communism collapsed in 1989.

He said he personally talked about Romania with the queen. “It meant a lot not least because it was an important place to King Charles.”

Charles has a deep affection and attachment to Romania and has visited the country almost every year since 1998.

He owns several properties including the emblematic “Blue House” in Viscri, a Saxon village in Transylvania.

„Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming here this evening to the Blue House, the house of the former Prince of Wales…. We find ourselves in the candlelight in a village in the heart of Transylvania reflecting on the life of Queen Elizabeth II,” the ambassador said.  

“Her funeral will take place tomorrow in London in the presence of heads of state from all over the world, President (Klaus) Iohannis and his wife, Her Majesty Princess Margareta and Prince Radu.”

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