Romania’s youngest king ascends the throne at a time when the countries of Eastern Europe are reserved the role of guinea pigs in an experiment of cynicism beyond human imagination, as he himself will say. Nowadays, his testimony about the abdication is questioned by some, in preference to anonymous documents of the communist regime installed in power by fraud, lies and manipulation.
Is Michael I a loser? If the fulfilment of a destiny is measured in publicly acclaimed successes and far-reaching compromises, then this king is not a role model. But if stamina, patience and modesty define true life, then the last king of the Romanians remains for future generations a beacon of wisdom in a world torn by the fantasies of power.
At 9 o’clock, the phone rings from the office. Michael is told to report to the throne room for the swearing-in ceremony. The voice that speaks to him addresses him as ‘Your Majesty’. Buimac, he has the feeling he is reliving a childhood morning when his nanny tells him he is king, and he asks her if he is allowed to play anymore. Is this a nightmare? Is it reality? Is he a child? Has he grown up? Is he king again? Is he alone again? Will it take long? He dresses hastily, trying to hide his emotions and put on an impenetrable face, as he has so often done in difficult situations. Collect yourself, Sitta would whisper to him if she were with him.
Cover photo: King Michael in Sinaia Castle, 1 April 1946
Autor: Tatiana Niculescu Bran
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