The History Maker: King Michael of Romania


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“King Michael stands apart as a moral beacon in the midst of his country’s tragedies. His greatest accomplishment was the coup of 23 August 1944 when, with immense courage and vision, he instigated the overthrow of the pro-German dictatorship, with the effect that Romania immediately joined the Allies’ cause. The country thus avoided imminent catastrophe and, according to western sources, the King’s action shortened the war by six months. This is a most remarkable achievement, even more so for a monarch just 23 years old: the army and administration followed him unwaveringly. It brought Michael and Romania the respect of the Allies, well expressed in Churchill’s instruction to British representatives in Bucharest: ‘Stick to the boy’.” (source:’The History Maker’ by Valentin Mandache and Diana Mandache in Majesty magazine, October 2011). Photo©: Diana Mandache, King Michael of Romania. A Historical Album, Litera, 2013

Prince George of Cambridge


The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince George as he and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge’s look on while visiting the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. The family released the photo ahead of the first birthday of Prince George on July 22.

According to the forensic artist Dr D’Lynn Waldron this is what Prince George will look like when he turns 18.

Dr Waldron, professor in forensic age progression, has used the royal baby’s own ears and forehead in the picture, which predicts him as a teenager. “This is a very carefully researched image – based on Prince George’s baby pictures and his parents’ features,” said Dr Waldron, who spent hours studying pictures of the young royal. “He already has a quiff in his hair. I think he will definitely be a hit with the ladies.” (Source: George: Is this what young prince will look like at 18?)


Conference: Files, Agents and Codes – The King’s Exile. Revelations from the ‘Securitate’ archives


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Dear readers,

I would like to invite you to a conference in Bucharest on the subject of King Michael’s exile, based on documents that I unearthed in the ‘Securitate’ (Romanian communist secret police) archives:

Diana Mandache

“Files, Agents and Codes. The King’s Exile. Revelations from the Securitate Archives” 

The event is organised by the National History Museum of Romania and is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 July 2014, at 1 pm (entrance B, near Stavropoleos church, Postei street) 

The Conference is envisaged as an educational effort to promoting the understanding of Romania’s recent history as reflected in formerly secret documents, sources revealing unexpected facets of history, of King Michael’s exile and the Romanian emigration after 1947. A multitude of files on individuals and also on a series of exile organizations, surveyed and penetrated by the communist services, complete the puzzle of that important page of the struggle against the dictatorship unfurled on the western side of the Iron Curtain. The conference will detail and analyse how their efforts were uncovered and tackled by agents of the communist state.

Thursday 17 of July 2014, 1 pm at The National History Museum of Romania, Bucharest, str. Postei, near Stavropoleos church/ Entrance B, second floor, ‘Mihai Viteazul’ conference room). The conference language is Romanian.

See details: MNIRJurnal de istoric 

Queen Elizabeth II and McGuinness hold first private meeting



Britain’s Queen Elizabeth meets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a private audience at Hillsborough Castle, 23 June 2014. Deputy leader of Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness took part in his first one-on-one meeting with the Queen last night. (Source: Irish Independent).

Martin McGuinness:

I think from the contributions made by Queen Elizabeth it’s quite clear indeed – her visit to Dublin, meeting me in Belfast two years ago, the visit to Windsor Castle and again today – that she is someone who absolutely and passionately supports the peace process.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says the Queen’s visit to the notorious Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast will be greeted by many ‘with astonishment’

Queen Elizabeth II (C), Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness (L) visit the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre on June 24, 2014 in Belfast

Queen Elizabeth II, Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (R) and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness (L) visit the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre on June 24, 2014 in Belfast

Sinn Fein veteran and former IRA commander Mr McGuinness was held in the prison for over a month in 1976 on a charge of IRA membership – a count that was later dropped in court.

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King Juan Carlos signs his abdication



Juan Carlos signed the bill at a ceremony in the Royal Palace in Madrid, which was attended by 160 guests. At midnight local time Felipe will become king although the event will not be marked in public until Thursday morning. The succession was endorsed by both of Spain’s main political parties.

Proclamation of King FELIPE VI, Program



19 June 2014

  • 9.30 – King Juan Carlos imposes the sash of Captain General on his son at Palacio de la Zarzuela
  • 10 – King Felipe, dressed in the gala uniform of the Army, Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia leave La Zarzuela Palace.
  • 10.30 – Representatives of the Three Armies pay military honours to the new King. After being greeted by the authorities at the door of lions the family enters the Congress and the Proclamation begins. At the Ceremony Don Felipe will swear as King and deliver a speech outlining his intentions for his reign. Once the Proclamation is over the King, Queen, Princess of Asturias and the Infanta Sofia will preside a military parade from the stairs of the Door of Lions.
  • 11.30 – The new King and Queen will travel through the following streets – Paseo del Prado, calle Alcalá, Gran Vía, Plaza de España and Plaza de Oriente – by car. Once they arrive at the Palace there will be a balcony appearance. The King, the Queen, the Princess of Asturias, the Infanta Sofia, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will take part.
  • 13 – Reception at the Royal Palace