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with detailed captions pointing out in detail aspects of the King’s life and reign, and a multitude of previously unpublished documents sourced from several Romanian archives, including pieces issued by the communist regime and its political police services.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.
Queen Anne of Romania, daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margrethe of Denmark, celebrates today her 90th anniversary!
This portrait miniature by Johannes Zehngraf was auctioned at Christie’s in November 2012.
King Carol I of Romania, in black coat with gold collar and epaulettes, wearing numerous orders and medals including the chain of the Order of the House of Hohenzollern, the breast-stars of the Order of the Crown of Romania and the Star of Romania, the jewel of the Royal Prussian Order Pour le Mérite. Signed ‘Zehngraf’ (lower left), on ivory oval, 2¼ in. (58 mm.) high, rectangular gold-bordered nephrite easel-stand frame set with enamel flowerheads. It was estimated between 2,000 – 3,000 GBP and sold for 11,875 GBP ($19,000).
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The body of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia is to be repatriated to Belgrade after being exhumed from the Royal Burial Ground at Windsor on 26 April 2013. Her body was exhumed on Friday after permission was given by the Queen and the remains transferred from Windsor to a Serbian Orthodox church in London. A memorial service will take place on 28 April in London. Queen Maria’s body will then be flown back to Belgrade, accompanied by her grandson Crown Prince Alexander. The body will then be interred at the Royal mausoleum at Topola. Queen Maria’s son, who died in 1970 and was buried in Illinois, was repatriated from the US in January. King Peter’s wife Queen Alexandra was buried in Athens and her body will be returned in May. Serbia will hold a state funeral for Queen Maria, King Peter II and Queen Alexandra on 26 May. [Source: Telegraph]
The National Archives of Romania (49 Regina Elisabeta Boulevard Bucharest) is hosting an interesting exhibition on the Romanian Royal Children throughout history, scheduled for opening next Monday, on 29 April 2013, at 13.00h. Stars of the exhibition are rare photographs of royal children and related official documents. The event’s opening benefits from the presence of HRH Prince Nicholas of Romania.
A Very Happy Birthday to HRH Prince Nicholas! Today Prince Nicholas celebrates his 28th birthday
Twenty one years ago HRH Prince Nicholas, the son of Princess Helena and grandson of HM King Michael, arrived for the first time in Romania. He was just 7 years old, and his perceptions of his heroic grandfather’s homeland were those of a child who came along with his mother and grandparents, but put suddenly in the front of the sheer enthusiasm of the over one million Bucharest people who came to greet King Michael for the first time in a half of century, after his forced abdication in 1947. He is the third in the line of the succession to the Romanian throne. Nicholas is held in high regard by his family and also by the Romanians. DM