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’.”


Photo (c)DM

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




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