topum (topum) wrote,

The King is dead

So King Michael I of Romania died. He was 96 years old. His father Crown Prince Carol II was a royal dick and abdicated when he decided to elope with his mistress. His mother (Queen Mother of Romania) Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark was the daughter of King Constantine I of Greece and his wife Sophia of Prussia.

Michael hated his father because of the humiliation and pain he put his mother through via his countless public affairs and even refused to attend his funeral.

Michael had a difficult reign full of questionable compromises and he now left a rather embarrassing succession mess behind. I personally think that the signs of trouble were there very early on, just look at this childhood picture of Michael with his mother:

Yes, I mean those socks of course.
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