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Romanian royals attended concert and book launch commemorating King Michael I

Wednesday of this week Her Majesty Margareta, custodian of the crown of Romania and her husband Prince Radu attended a ceremony where a new book about King Michael was presented. A large audience took part in the event. Following the book-launch, a short concert was held in memory of the king.

Camelia Csiki, co-author of the book and historian spoke about the new book together with Corinthian Publishing representatives John Tuca and Major General and Gelaledin Nezir. Present during the event was George Ivascu Culture Minister of Romania as well as His Eminence Archbishop Nifon. Also, representatives from the Red Cross in Romanian and Crown Princess Margareta’s Romania Foundation were present during the event. The Romanian Army was represented by their military Orchestra and the 30th Guard Brigade.

The Romanian royals during the book launch. Photo: Familia Regala A Romanei / Royal Family of Romania

Following the book-launch, the guests went together with Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu to the hall of the Athenaeum, where the symphony concert was held in memory of King Michael. The book about the late monarch is a collection of texts and photographs made by the great public participants at King Michael’s funeral. The initiators of the project were the director of HM Ion Tuca, and Major General, Gelaledin Nezir.

The Romanian royal has always had great support from the army. Here the Crown Princess thanks the military who attended. Photo: Familia Regala A Romanei / Royal Family of Romania

Major General Nezir wanted to include the emotions that the Romanian people wanted to show their last king on this last voyage through Romania. The book will be launched at the International Book Fair Mille on 1 June this year in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Romania.

The Crown Princess along with her husband during the concert held in honor of the King. Photo: Familia Regala A Romanei / Royal Family of Romania.

King Michael of Romania ruled Romania twice, once when his father abdicated and moved to Paris with his mistress and once after his then-restored father was deposed. King Michael was forced into exile after the communists took over in 1947.

He died in Switzerland on 5 December 2017 at the age of 96.


About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.