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King Michael of Romania stepping down from public duties after cancer diagnosis

King Michael of Romania has been diagnosed with cancer and he is currently undergoing a complex and demanding treatment. He is suffering from chronic leukemia and epidermoid carcinoma and he has undergone surgery in Switzerland. This has prevented him from appearing in public and he has a released the following statement concerning his illness:

“In recent weeks we have received news of a serious medical diagnosis. This situation comes in the year when family and country are celebrating 150 years since the founding of the dynasty and the modern Romanian state. My daughter Margarita, the Custodian of the Crown, I am sure will find the wisdom and the strength to represent me and to carry out my public duties. I have asked the Royal Council to continu its mission and provide advise to the Custodian of the Crown. 

Michael R – 1 March 2016″

King Michael of Romania was born in 1921 as the son of Carol II of Romania and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark. He was King of Romania from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930 and again from 6 September 1940 to 30 December 1947. He was forced to abdicate in 1947 by the government controlled by the Communist Party of Romania. As a descendant of Queen Victoria through both his parents he is a third cousin of Her Majesty The Queen and several other reigning heads of state. He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in 1948 and together they have five daughters.

Despite Romania’s salic law, preventing women from inheriting the throne, King Michael has stated that should Romania restore the monarchy, they should also abolish the salic law. He designated his eldest daughter Margareta as Crown Princess. As she and her husband have no children, her second sister’s son Nicholas was designated as ‘Prince of Romania’ in 2007, though this title was taken away  in 2015, possibly due to him having fathered an illegitimate child. He was also officially removed from the line of succession, as was his aunt Irina Walker, born Princess Irina of Romania, who was arrested for being part of an illegal cock fighting ring.

The line of succession according the 2007 Family Statute of Romania is as follows:

(1) Crown Princess Margareta (b. 1949)

(2) Princess Elena (b. 1950)

(3) Elisabeta-Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. 1989)

(4) Princess Sophie (b. 1957)

(5) Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix (b. 1999)

(6) Princess Maria (b. 1964)

Photocredit: King Michael I of Romania by Emanuel Stoica via

  • Guglielmo Rinaldini

    We are praying for His Majesty King Michael light of the Romanie and of the whole word. He spent His all life to give prosperity and reputation to His Country, also under the slavery of communism and abroad. The Majestic speech in Romanian Parliament will remain in the history of our age as a lightly example of what must do a Gold Man (as in the metaphoric speech of Hermes Trismegistus in Tabula Smaragdina) for His Population.

    Thanks a lot Majesty

    Hrh Prince Guglielmo Rinaldini

  • ่jansawang jankong

    Praying for His Majesty King Michael.

  • Eugene

    The Last King who leaded Romania during the World War II


    BE SAFE !!!

  • Hrh Prince Guglielmo Rinaldini

    “My huge and deep condolences for the lost of Queen Ana to King Michael,

    Princess Margareta, Prince Radu and all Royal Romanian Family.

    No one really die, may She rest in peace in Heaven.”

  • Kathleen Ames

    Am I wrong in thinking he lost his wife fairly recently? Very sad news for the family. Very good wishes to King Michael. May he make a good recovery.

  • Alex Balazs

    King Michael I of România is dead

  • Donna L

    RIP- You will never be forgotten from the minds and Hearts of the Romania people… May God Bless You and Keep You !!!

  • Donna -Atlanta

    RIP- King Michael I – God was calling you home.Tears have fallen, hearts where shattered, but it was time for you to fly home.
    Your loved ones came to say their last goodbyes,
    to tell you they loved you, and that you will be forever missed.
    As your heartbeat stopped, and your eyes slowly closed,

    God took another angel home. GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL !!!!

  • Donna -Atlanta

    RIP- Romania Royal King Michael I- God Bless Your Soul….

    May you always walk in sunshine
    and God’s around you flow,
    for the happiness you gave us,
    no one will ever know.
    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    but you did not go alone,
    a part of us went with you,
    the day God called you home.
    A million times we needed you,
    a million times we’ve cried.
    If love could only have saved you,
    you never would have died.
    The Lord be with you and
    may you rest in peace.

  • Donna -Atlanta

    Thank You God for Blessing Romania with King Michael I –

    God looked around His garden
    And found an empty place.
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw your tired face.
    He put His arms around you
    And lifted you to rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful
    He always takes the best.
    He saw the road was getting rough
    And the hills were hard to climb,
    So He closed your weary eyelids
    And whispered “Peace be thine.”
    It broke our hearts to lose you
    But you didn’t go alone,
    For part of us went with you
    The day God called you home.

  • Donna -Atlanta

    Rip- King Michael I – Romania Thanks God and Jesus for You !!!!

    Life is but a stopping place,
    a pause in what’s to be,
    a resting place along the
    road to sweet eternity.
    We all have different journeys,
    different paths along the way,
    we all were meant to learn some
    things, but never meant to stay.
    Our destination is a place
    far greater than we know,
    for some, the journey’s quicker,
    for some the journey’s slow.
    And when the journey finally ends,
    we’ll claim a great reward,
    and find an everlasting peace,
    together with the Lord.

  • Donna -Atlanta

    Rip- King Michael I – You where a Gift from GOD’s
    Hands to the Romania Nation…

    Twenty-Third Psalm

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leadeth me beside the still waters. He
    restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the
    paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of
    the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for
    Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they
    comfort me. Thou preparest a table before
    me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou
    anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth
    over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
    me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell
    in the house of the Lord forever.

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