Sunday, December 17, 2017

The King of Romania is Dead - Long Live the King?

The news created by ISIS thugs is given disproportionate coverage by the media probably because of those thugs'  criminal inhumanity to man, woman and child, hence the need to minimise blog-posts on that tragic topic.

This post is concerned with events affecting the monarchy in Romania during WWII when the country switched sides to join the allies in 1944, followed by its being swallowed up by the Soviet Union which  then abolished the monarchy after WWII,

The former King of Romania King Michael died within the past few days, aged 96 effectively in exile in Switzerland. Interestingly internal family quarrels and jealousies led to   the late king's only grandson, the English son of a Durham University professor being ostracised by Romanian (ex) royals.

 However  grandson Nicholas is engaged to be married to a glamorous Romanian Alina-Maria Binder and he and she have according to "The Times" newspaper, become as popular in Romania as have Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle in the UK (and elsewhere).

The engagement of Nicholas appears to have substantially softened the  Romanian family dispute which at one time led to his being disbarred from his princely title. 

It appears that there is no immediate outcry in Romania for the restoration of the monarchy there  but there is nonetheless, substantial support for the royals within the country. 

Given that the monarchy's dissolution was a result of Soviet rule over Romania and given that that rule,  thankfully came to an end with the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the royal marriage in the UK coupled with a popular wedding of Nicholas to Alina-Maria who are of the same generation as prince Harry, might give the people of Romania considerable food for thought.

Monarchies  tend to be out of favour in C21. However when looking at the situations of presidents, chancellors Chairmen and similar rulers around the world - no names no pack-drill -  there still appears much to be said for royal families.

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