Saturday 21 September 2019

Romania's former king, forced to abdicate after war, in poor health

Romania's former King Michael (AP)
Romania's former King Michael (AP)

The health of former King Michael I, who ruled Romania twice before abdicating, has deteriorated.

Michael, 96, one of the few leaders from the Second World War who is still alive, lives in exile in Switzerland.

He is suffering from leukaemia and a form of skin cancer.

In a statement on Monday, the royal house said Michael's oldest daughter, Princess Margareta, had travelled to Switzerland to be with her father.

Michael announced his retirement from public life in March 2016, citing poor health.

He was king, helped by a regency, from 1927 to 1930 and then from 1940 until 1947, when he was forced to abdicate by the communists.

His Romanian citizenship was restored in 1997.

Michael's wife Anne died last year.

He has five daughters.


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