Michael I of Romania

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King Michael in 2007
Michael I

King Michael I (25 October 19215 December 2017) was the last king of Romania, reigning from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930 and again from 6 September 1940 until his forced abdication on 30 December 1947.


Quote of King Michael I in Romanian on a plaque of the King Michael I Monument, King Michael I Square, Bucharest
  • Really?
    • 5 Year old Michael, upon learning he had ascended to the throne, 20 July 1927. [1]
  • The Crown is not a symbol of the past, but a unique representation of our Independence, Sovereignty and Unity. The Crown is a reflection of the state and the nation. The Crown has strengthened Romania through Loyalty, Courage, Respect, Seriousness and Modesty.
    I do not see Romania today as an inheritance from our parents, but as a country that we borrowed from our children.
    So Help us God!
    Michael I R’ [citation needed]
  • Because tens of millions of people have been destroyed practically, gone through absolute hell, and then suddenly they say, 'Well, it's all finished, let's forget it.' You don't forget it.
  • The last 20 years have brought democracy, freedom and a beginning of prosperity."...
    "The time has come after 20 years to... break for good with the bad habits of the past", such as "demagogy, selfishness and attempts to cling to power"...
    "It is within our power to make this country prosperous and worthy of admiration.

Quotes about King Michael I[edit]

  • What - and leave the country in the hands of a child?
  • Michael is the only person who may be able to pull the country through the coming months and save it from anarchy or communism.
    • A British foreign official wrote, in regards the Soviet occupation of the Kingdom of Romania.[4]
  • I would like to pay tribute to his role when, in 1997, he undertook a tour of European capitals to promote Romania's entry into the European Union. Twenty-two years later, his beloved country will, for the first time in the first half of 2019, hold the presidency of the European Union. This will be an important moment for Romania and an important moment for the future of our Union.
    The memory of King Michael, who went through the most tragic periods of European history of the 20th century, will then be more than ever present in our thoughts...
  • It is amazing that His Majesty King Michael I waited seventy years for the crown to be placed on him. It was very touching to hear the huge crowd chanting loudly ‘monarchy, kingdom…’. His Majesty was a great man who was deeply respected by everyone.
  • King Michael I was simply exceptional…his strength, his dignity, his moral fibre..his devotion to his people left a huge mark and inspiration on many generations of Romanians.

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