King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album, hardback, 352 pages, Litera Publishing, Bucharest, 2013. My new book is scheduled for publication at the end of November in Romania.
The book is structured in three main chapters: education and formative years (i.e. school documents, Michael’s herbarium, photographs with his colleagues, at the Baccalaureate etc); ceremonies and solemnities peculiar to the Parliament and the Throne Hall, parades, religious ceremonies, visits and receptions, charity functions, menus and dinners etc; spare time activities such as holidays, hunting or the King’s hobbies. This volume contains a selection of 454 pictures, many of them never published, with detailed captions pointing out in detail aspects of the King’s life and reign, and a multitude of previously unpublished documents sourced from several Romanian archives, including pieces issued by the communist regime and its political police services. The introduction and the text that accompany the images, and also the analyses of the written archive documents, are methodically researched and structured making them easy to read or make reference to.
- Formative years
- Spare time
King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album presents for the first time condensed within 352 pages the life of the monarch for the period starting with 1921 until the communist forced abdication in 1947 and subsequent imposed exile.
The Queen approved a new conjugal coat of arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Designed by the College of Arms in London, conjugal arms traditionally combine the separate shields of a royal husband and wife. Continue reading »
Princess Marie of Romania dressed as the sun at a fancy ball in Bucharest, Cotroceni Palace, October 1896. Photo by Franz Mandy.
In those days balls at Court were official functions; the mothers came with their daughters and everybody had taken the trouble to dress up, even the old ladies, and the Ministers, who also had to be invited, actually came in coloured fraques. I can still see portly old General Manu, Peter Carp, Take Ionescu, Marghiloman; even these important gentlemen had accepted the spirit of the evening and everybody seemed well amused. Only old Lascar Catargi, for if I rightly remember, we still had a Conservative Government in, came in sober black. These more weighty personages of course did not remain very long, and gradually the crowd thinned and we danced till our feet ached.
… there were many good costumes of which I remember in particular Alexandrina Cantacuzino as Walküre, and Radu Vacarescu as Murat in a white and gold Empire uniform. (Queen Marie of Romania)
Queen Anne of Romania, daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margrethe of Denmark, celebrates today her 90th anniversary!
In The Assassination of the Archduke, Greg King and Sue Woolmans offer readers a vivid account of the lives – and cruel deaths – of Franz Ferdinand and his beloved Sophie. Combining royal biography, romance, and political assassination, the story unfolds against a backdrop of glittering privilege and an Imperial Court consumed with hatred, taking readers from Bohemian castles to the horrors of Nazi concentration camps in a compelling, fascinating human drama. As moving as the fabled romance of Nicholas and Alexandra, as dramatic as Mayerling, Sarajevo resonates with love and loss, triumph and tragedy in a vibrant and powerful narrative. It lays bare the lethal circumstances surrounding that fateful Sunday morning in 1914, examining not only the Serbian conspiracy that killed Franz and Sophie but also insinuations about the hidden powers in Vienna that may well have sent them to their deaths. With a Foreword from the Archduke’s great-granddaughter, Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, and drawing on a wide variety of unpublished sources and with unique access to previously restricted Hungarian and Czech archives, including Sophie’s diaries and family papers, King and Woolmans have written the most comprehensive account of this momentous event available in English. In doing so, they offer readers an intriguing and startlingly revisionist look at this most famous of Archdukes, his family, and their momentous collision with destiny in 1914.
40 years on the throne, 40 years serving Sweden
The King’s 40th jubilee is being commemorated at several of our royal palaces. At Gripsholm Castle, there will be a cavalcade of images depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State. This year’s main exhibition at the Royal Palace of Stockholm will open on 13 September, depicting King Carl XVI Gustaf’s forty eventful years as King of Sweden and Head of State, in the palace’s Hall of State and the magnificent Royal Apartments. In 1973, at the age of just 27, the then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf ascended to the throne. He thereby became the world’s youngest king, in one of the world’s oldest monarchies. This year, King Carl XVI Gustaf has been Sweden’s Head of State for 40 years.
King Carl XVI Gustaf:
One of the best things about significant years is that they provide the opportunity to look forwards as well as backwards. Forty years is a very long time, and so much has happened. I was a relatively young man of 27 when I ascended to the throne, and I saw the world through the eyes of a 27-year-old. Now, 40 years later, I have a certain amount of experience to draw on. And the world around us has changed on many levels and in many different ways; even in terms of the proximity of the immediate family circle, in Sweden and in the world. It is sometimes said in jest that everything was so much better before, but that simply isn’t true. In many ways, the world has become a better place in which to live for most people, but there is still a great deal of poverty and need in the world.
I have tried to live according to my motto by being sensitive to the currents in society, and to the demands, needs and expectations placed on a monarch with the times. For me, it’s a matter of living in harmony with developments in Sweden and the whole of the ever-changing world that we are a part of.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Prince Daniel of Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden attend the opening of the Exhibition ’40 years on the throne serving Sweden’ at The Royal Palace on September 13, 2013 in Stockholm.