Romania’s last King Michael I dies at 96


Romania’s former King Michael I died on Tuesday at age 96 at his Swiss home, the Royal House announced.

On November 8, the Royal House had said that King Michael was in suffering and Princess Margareta and Prince Radu were at his bedside on the occasion of the great Feast of Saint Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Given the circumstances, no event was organized to celebrate the King’s name day. Also present at the residence were Royal House staff deployed to Switzerland and several nuns from Romanian monasteries. The Royal House also said on November 20 that Archbishop Iosif of Western Europe had visited several times and had given Michael the Holy Communion.

Princess Margareta and Prince Radu postponed various official engagements to be at the bedside of the ailing King, and Princess Maria has been with him since the evening of November 30.

Michael had turned 96 on October 25.

Translated into English by Agerpress.

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