Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Royal Profile: 25 Facts about King Michai I of Romania

  1. King Michai I of Romania was born on 25 October 1921 as the eldest legitimate son of King Carol II & Queen Helen {Source}. 
  2. He had one older half brother, Prince Mircea Grigore Carol Hohenzollern{Source}.
  3. King Michai (or Michael) reigned in Romania sporadically over the last 60 years. 
  4. His first reign began at the age of 6, in 1927 after the death of his grandfather, with regency held by his uncle Prince Nicholas{Source}.
  5.  This reign lasted until 1930, when his father returned to Romania and was proclaimed King{Source}.
  6. His second reign began in 1940, and only officially lasted seven years. 
  7. He was forced to abdicate in 1947 by the Romanian government {Source}.
  8. During the War, he would comfort Romanian soldiers who fought for the unification of the country{Source}.
  9.  In 1944, His Majesty King opposed with all his might instilling communist authorities (royal strike was the culmination of these attempts){Source}. 
  10. Eventually, he was forced to abdicate on 30 December 1947, under the threat of killing, in case of refusal, the 1,000 young communist prisoners. Abdication Act signed under threat, is illegal and void. Moreover, the act has never been sanctioned by Parliament{Source}.
  11. He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma on 10 June 1948 {Source}. 
  12. They began their lives together in exile, in Greece{Source}. 
  13. From 1949-1956, they traveled extensively while expanding their family, mostly living between Switzerland and England {Source}. 
  14. During their time in exile, they were not receiving any income from the Romanian government, therefore they opened a chicken farm and small carpentry workshop in order to make ends meet {Source}. 
  15. Upon the family's return to Switzerland in 1956, Prince Michael signed a contract with Lear Jets, and the family remained there from 1956-2001 {Source}. 
  16. In 1958, King has stopped working with "Lear" and a year later he founded a company for electronics and automatic mechanisms, called METRAVEL, which sold it five years later{Source}. 
  17. He currently has two official offices, one in Versoix, Switzerland and Bucharest, Romania {Source}.
  18. With his wife Queen Anne, he has five daughters:
    1. Crown Princess Margarita (1949)
    2. Princess Elena (1950)
    3. Mrs. Irina Walker (1953)
    4. Princess Sofia (1957)
    5. Princess Maria (1964)
  19. He has the following sons-in-law and former sons-in-law:
    1. Mr. Casimir Mystkowski (Maria, 1995-2002, div)
    2. Prince Radu of Romania (Elena, 1997)
  20. They also have the following grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law:
    1. Mr. Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1985)
    2. Miss Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (1989)
    3. Miss Angelica Margaretta Bianca Kreuger de Romaine Knight(1986)
    4. Mr. Michael Torsten Kreuger (1984)
    5. Miss Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix de Laufenbourg (1998)
  21. He has two grandchildren-in-law
    1. Tara Littlefield Kreiger (Michael)
    2. Richard Robert Knight (Angelica)
  22. His great granchildren are:
    1. Miss Courtney Bianca Knight (2007)
    2. Miss Diana Knight (2011)
    3. Master Kohen Kreuger (2012)
  23. He shares a birthday with:
    1. Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, The Duchess of Brabant (2001)
    2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013)
  24. He is one of the eldest current living descendants of Queen Victoria.
  25. He is distantly in succession for the British Throne.

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