Monarchy Day

Monarchy Day is a holiday observed annually on May 10th in Romania. It commemorates the date in 1866 when Prussian Prince Karl Eitel of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen arrived in Bucharest as Prince of the United Principalities of Moldova and Wallachia and took his oath in front of the Parliament.

From that year until 1937, May 10th would be modern Romania’s National Day and has since been associated with the Romanian Monarchy. When the country became a Kingdom in 1881, this date was chosen to symbolize Coronation Day.

Interesting Facts About Romania

Anyone interested in the rich culture and history of Romania might want to read this section. That’s because we’ve found some interesting facts about this country that we’ve gathered together and assembled below.

  • Romania has seven landmarks that are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The Voronet Monastery has been called the “Romanian Sistine Chapel.”
  • Romania is home to more than 60% of Europe’s brown bear population.
  • The largest virgin forest in Europe is located in the Carpathian Mountains.
  • Romania ranks 13th in the world for wine production.
  • The 2003 movie “Cold Mountain” was filmed in Romania.
  • The Romanian language is over 1,700 years old.
  • The oldest known oven in the world was discovered in Câmpeni, Romania, and is approximately 6,000 years old.
  • As of 2020, Romania has produced four Nobel Laureates.
  • The third-longest man-made navigation route is the Danube-Black Sea Canal.
  • Bucharest has often been referred to as “Little Paris.”
  • Romania has the 15th largest rail network in the world.
  • The Black Church of Brașov is the largest Gothic church located between Vienna and Istanbul.

Observing Monarchy Day in Romania

Although communist rule forced the abdication of King Mihai I and ended the era of Romanian monarchs, May 10th is still observed every year. That’s because it’s a significant date for Romanian independence. As such, this day is celebrated with marathons, exhibitions, military parades, and other events.

Where is it celebrated?
Romania (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
May 10 Friday
Next year (2025)
May 10 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 10 Wednesday