King Michael, the Hope of Romania



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.


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’.”

(source:’The History Maker’ by Valentin Mandache and Diana Mandache in Majesty magazine, October 2011)

An Obituary will be published in RDQ 1/2018

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




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



HRH The Prince of Wales in Bucharest’s old town (Album)


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The Prince of Wales’s three-day visit to Romania came to an end Friday, 31 March, with His Royal Highness beginning the final day in Bucharest’s Old Town. The Prince enjoyed a walking tour of the Old Town, guided by architectural historian Valentin Mandache.


HRH The Prince of Wales & the architectural historian Valentin Mandache, French street, Bucharest, 31 March 2017

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Prince Charles in Bucharest today


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Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Bucharest, Carol Park. I am grateful that I was invited by ‘Adevarul’ newspaper to comment live this event.




photo by DM






Photos by ©Diana and Valentin Mandache