Michael I of Romania

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King Michael in 2007
Michael I

Michael, King of the Romanians, Prince of Hohenzollern[1][2][3] (25 October 1921 – 5 December 2017), reigned as King of the Romanians for two periods.[4] He was king from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930, and again from 6 September 1940, until forced to abdicate by the Communist Party of Romania. The communists were backed up by orders of Stalin to the Soviet armies of occupation on 30 December 1947.

He was great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He was one of the last surviving heads of state from World War II,[5][6][7][8] the other one is Simeon II of Bulgaria.[9]

He died 5 December 2017 of complications from leukemia in Aubonne, Switzerland at 96 years old.[10]

Referencecs[change | change source]

  1. "Compression" Archived 2013-08-23 at the Wayback Machine, Time, 12 January 1948
  2. "Milestones" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Time, 21 June 1948
  3. Genealogy of the Royal Family of Romania Archived 2012-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2 October 2006
  4. Romanian: Maiestatea Sa Mihai I Regele Românilor, literally "His Majesty Michael I King of the Romanians".
  5. World War II—"60 Years After: Former Romanian Monarch Remembers Decision To Switch Sides", Radio Free Europe, 6 May 2005
  6. Oliver North, “Looking for Leadership” Archived 2009-01-11 at the Wayback Machine, Human Events, 14 April 2006
  7. Peter Kurth, "Michael of Romania" Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Craig S. Smith, "Romania’s King Without a Throne Outlives Foes and Setbacks", The New York Times, 27 January 2007
  9. Simeon Saxecoburggotski, Encyclopædia Britannica
  10. Romania: Ex-king Michael who ruled during WWII dies at 96, ABC News