My new Book: MIGNON

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Diana Mandache, “Mignon. Princess of Romania. Queen of Yugoslavia”, Curtea Veche, September 2018, hardcover, 276 pages, cca 200 ill., (Romanian language).

A modest and apparently unassuming personality, Mignon faced with great dignity personal tragedy and the misfortunes of her native and adopted countries’ during the two world conflagrations of the twentieth century. Today the old Yugoslavia doesn’t exist anymore, there are several independent states, but the admiration of many among her people still continues.

Maria – Mignon, Princess of Romania, was a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, the second daughter of Queen Marie and King Ferdinand of Romania. At the age of 22 she became the queen consort of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia, and from that moment on her destiny become linked with the tragic fate of her husband and country.

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Diana Mandache, “Mignon. Princess of Romania. Queen of Yugoslavia”, Curtea Veche Publishing, September 2018, hardcover, 276 pages, cca 200 ill., (Romanian language).

My previous book published by Curtea Veche in November 2017: “The inheritance of Elena Lupescu and the communist state”, 288 pages + 32 pages with colour & b&w photos.

https://www.curteaveche.ro/autori/diana-mandache/pachet-diana-mandache.html

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The young King Michael of Romania

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King Michael of Romania w. his mother Princess Helen in 1928. The caption – Miky & his Mama – was written on the photograph by his grandmother, Queen Marie.

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I endeavor to bring to light worthy of note, often less known images from the royal past and present and thus further enhance the understanding of royal history and what it represents for us.

King Michael, the Hope of Romania

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King Michael of Romania w. his mother Princess Helen in 1922. The caption ‘The hope of Roumania’ was written on the photograph by his grandmother, Queen Marie. She inserted the photo in one of her diaries.

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I endeavor to bring to light worthy of note, often less known images from the royal past and present and thus further enhance the understanding of royal history and what it represents for us.

Photo credit: RNA & DM, Exilul Regelui ©

The History Maker: King Michael I of Romania

HM King Michael I of Romania has died on 5 December 2017 in Aubonne, Switzerland. Rest in peace, Your Majesty!

“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’.”

 

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Photo by Diana Mandache, 16 December 2017

Book launch invitation: “Bran Castle”, 27 May

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Your are kindly invited to the book launch of my latest work: “Castelul Bran. Romantism si regalitate”. Speakers: Camelia Csiki, Andrei Muraru, Diana Mandache.

Bookfest (International Book Fair), 27 May, 2 pm (Curtea Veche Publishing, Pavilion C2), Bucharest

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BRAN CASTLE, May 2017, Curtea Veche Publishing, hardback, dust jacket, 216 pages, c. 190 photos (colour, b &w), 1st edition, Romanian language.