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Michael I
King Michael in 1947
King of Romania
First reign 20 July 1927 – 8 June 1930
Predecessor Ferdinand I
Successor Carol II
Second reign 6 September 1940 – 30 December 1947
Coronation 6 September 1940
Predecessor Carol II
Successor Monarchy abolished
Born 25 October 1921
Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania
Died 5 December 2017 (aged 96)
Aubonne, Switzerland
Burial 16 December 2017
Royal Cathedral, Curtea de Argeș Monastery, Curtea de Argeș, Romania
Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma
(m. 1948; died 2016)
Issue Margareta of Romania
Princess Elena
Irina Walker
Princess Sophie
Princess Marie
House Romania (from 2011)
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (until 2011)
Father Carol II of Romania
Mother Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark
Religion Romanian Orthodox
Signature Michael I's signature
King Michael I of Romania by Emanuel Stoica
King Michael in 2007

Michael, King of the Romanians, Prince of Hohenzollern (25 October 1921 – 5 December 2017), reigned as King of the Romanians for two periods. 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, the other one is Simeon II of Bulgaria .

He died 5 December 2017 of complications from leukemia in Aubonne, Switzerland at 96 years old.

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