King Micheal

King Micheal


King Michael (25 October 1921 – 5 December 2017) was the last King of Romania, reigning from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930 and again from 6 September 1940 until his abdication on 30 December 1947.

In March 1945, political pressures forced King Michael to appoint a pro-Soviet government headed by Petru Groza. For the next two-plus years Michael functioned again as little more than a figurehead. Between August 1945 and January 1946, during what was later known as the “royal strike,” King Michael tried unsuccessfully to oppose the Groza government by refusing to sign its decrees. In response to Soviet, British, and American pressures, King Michael eventually gave up his opposition to the communist government and stopped demanding its resignation. On the morning of the 30th December 1947, Michael was forced to abdicate and sent into exile, his properties confiscated and his citizenship stripped. In 1948 he married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma and had five daughters. He was of Orthodox faith lived in Switzerland.

In 1993 HM King Michael became the Royal Protector of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem following an invitation by our 76th Grand Master Prince George Korey-Krzeczoeski, a position which he held faithfully until he retired in 2010 at the age of 89

HM King Michael Passed away on 5th December 2017 at his residence in Switzerland at the age of 96. His body was brought back by a military plane to Romania on 13th December and was displayed in National Art Museum of Romania for two days. Michael was buried on 16th December 2017 with full state honours at Curtea de Argeș, beside his wife Queen Anne who died in 2016.

Antoine Bonello

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