The Royal Family of Serbia announces with great sorrow that His Majesty King Michael of Romania passed away at the age of 96. King Michael was the son of Her Majesty Queen Maria’s brother (Carol II) and Queen Helen who was a sister of Greek King Alexander I, grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander.

The Royal Family sent condolences and deepest sympathy to Crown Princess Margarita and the entire Romanian Royal Family.

King Michael, a great-great-grandson of Britain’s Queen Victoria, first acceded to the Romanian throne in 1927 when he was six, ruling for three years after his father Carol II renounced his rights to the throne. He became king again in 1940 after Carol abdicated again. King Michael reigned until communists forced him to abdicate on the last day of 1947.

Queen Maria, King Peter II, Princess Ileana and King Michael King Michael, Queen Maria of Romania and King Peter II King Peter II and King Michael in Belgrade 1935 King Peter II and King Michael in front of Thatched house at the Royal Compound, Belgrade 1935