On December 5, 2017, Michael I, former king of Romania, died of two long illnesses in his chalet in Aubonne, Switzerland. This Monday, December 5 marks the fifth anniversary of his deathan event that causes the sadness of Queen Sofia, reports the Spanish media Vanitatis. Indeed, both crowned heads have tied a strong bond from childhood, never missing a family opportunity to get together. Michal I was the son of Charles of Romania and Princess Elena of Greece, herself aunt of Queen Sofia. In 1927, at the early age of six, he had inherited the throne from his grandfather Ferdinand I, his father having renounced his dynastic rights following a love scandal. This first reign had ended three years later, in 1930, when his father was allowed to ride on the throne as Charles II.
The cousin of Queen Sofia of Spain received the title of monarch a second time, at the age of 19, but was forced to abdicate by communist power in 1947. According to several royal specialists, Michael I of Romania had a character similar to that of its Spanish cousin, which justified their proximity. “Relations with the Spanish royal family are very good. Although we see each other very little. We are close not only because of our family closeness, but also because of our historical destiny“, had declared the main interested party six years before his death, reports Vanitatis.
A child named in his honor
In addition, in 1948, ten-year-old Queen Sofia was bridesmaid at the wedding of Michel of Romania and Anne of Bourbon-Parme, which takes place in the Athens Cathedral. One of the couple’s five children is named in honor to the one who has since become Queen of Spain, and also little girl’s godmother.
Article written in collaboration with 6Medias.
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