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Died, the former king of Romania

06 December 2017, 07:26 | Silvia Roy

Died, the former king of Romania

Died, the former king of Romania

King Michael, who twice ruled Romania between 1927 to 1930 - which began when he was just six years old - and again between 1940 and 1947, died in Switzerland following years of ill health.

Cousin of Queen Elizabeth Mihai was forced to abdicate in 1947, after the post-Soviet Communist coup in Romania and decades he lived in exile in the West.

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For some he represented democracy in the face of totalitarianism.

The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, hosted at the iconic Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, has scheduled two concerts in the memory of Romania's King Michael, who died on December 5.

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The philharmonic said it was changing its usual programming because "through its history and cultural mission, our institution is closely connected to the Royal House of Romania".

Romania's former King Michael waves during a ceremony celebrating both his 92nd birthday, which fell on October 25, and his name day at Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, on November 8, 2013.

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"It is hard for me to talk about the passing away of a man such as the King Michael". (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti/File Photo) Former Romanian King Michael waves to supporters beside Queen Anne on the terrace of Elisabeta Palace, a former royal residence in Bucharest, on May 18, 2001.

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