Michael I of Romania

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]


  1. "Compression", Time, 12 January 1948
  2. "Milestones", Time, 21 June 1948
  3. Genealogy of the Royal Family of Romania, retrieved 2 October 2006
  4. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found., 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”, Human Events, 14 April 2006
  7. Peter Kurth, "Michael of Romania"
  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