King Michael of Romania has only one son Michael II of Romania who is also known as Mihai Von Hohenzollern II. Michael II descends from Queen Victoria, and the Prussian House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, which provided Romania’s first King, Carol I. King Michael I abdicated on December 30, 1947 and went into exile during communism. Michael II was exiled and raised under protection in United States. Mihai II is proud of his children and grand children that all continue to live in the United States. Now living in California, he continues to promote the interests and culture of his Romanian homeland and considers Bucharest his hometown. This is the official web site authorized by Michael II of Romania. Michael II is the Head of House for the Romanian branch of the Hohenzollern line by agnatic primogeniture law after the abdication of Michael I in 1947. However Mihai continues refer to his Father as King Michael out of respect only. You may contact Michael’s office at Mihai Von Hohenzollern II on facebook.
Contact Michael II's office: https://www.facebook.com/mihaivonhohenzollernII
Regele Mihai a fost silit să abdice la 30 decembrie 1947. Mihai II este singurul fiu al regele Mihai I al României. Mihai II s-a născut în Elveţia şi a fost crescut în America. Prin Legea salică, Mihai II devenit șeful Casei Regale de România după abdicarea tatălui său la 30 decembrie 1947.....JR, Site Administrator
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Recently my nephew had his title removed by my father, Former King Michael I. The act did not surprise me in the least. This is an expected action; for my nephew should never have been placed in a position of succession. Many people may find the concept of royalty to be defunct, but the reality is quite the opposite. Holding the proper title is a serious position and enables the person do very positive and powerful work for the public. As has been explained in previous articles, when my Father abdicated, that position was forwarded to me. Also, it is most imperative to say, that with all respect to my Father, he was not given proper and accurate information concerning my person after I was evacuated to the United States. He now has the proper knowledge of me and my intent. I am in agreement with him on the matter of my nephew's correction of position.
Hawaiian: Strength from Tranquility
HRH Michael II of Romania returns to the Hawaiian Islands and reflects on his visit. His recent trip was highlighted by visits to the Iolani Palace Iolani Palace, once home of the Hawaiian Royal Family, and Shangri La Shangri La, the home of Tobacco and Energy Heiress Doris Duke. His own royal lineage has numerous connections, but he stresses this is not the emphasis of his affinity for The Islands. “I Have always felt very much at home in this tropical paradise. For me a sense of tranquility and safety prevails; a place where I have always felt both welcomed and respected. Both properties (the Iolani Palace and Shangri La) evoked a sense of peace, love, duty, and determination. Both also emitted an aura of strength and tenacity, which is something I embrace and will further utilize from this trip. I find that each trip has a new and different element for me. I am vehement and I will continue to have a greater tenacity to reverse the injustices done to me. However, I will positively embrace what is rightfully mine in position, duty, and material. Tenacity and strength are elements of a good leader and representative.”
With the recent discovery of exploits by Swiss banking, HSBC being at the center of the scandal of hidden accounts, it is important that the world hold those involved responsible. This scandal is very relevant to Michael II who asked the Swiss Government about securing his holdings. Their response was evasive and far from complete; however they have not denied anything. Things may suddenly reappear as suddenly as they they disappeared. Interesting... However this is a disturbing pattern that has continued since the early stages of World War II.
Juan Carlos Paternity Suit
Juan Carlos, Sartiau & Sola
Former King Juan Carlos of Spain is back in the news again being the subject of a paternity suit. The former King was protected from such legal action while occupying the Spanish Throne. It is the belief of Michael II that the truth eventually comes out. Some powerful people are able to skirt justice where others can not. Powerful men should be required to properly provide for their children including the former kings Juan Carlos of Spain, Albert II of Belgium and Michael I of Romania. When a father places his child's well being above the embarrassment of his own actions it is a true measure of his character. If a wife chose to remain silent and protect her husband rather than defend the rights of the child, she should be considered equally culpable whether she wears a crown or not. Holding a secret that would allow any man to circumvent his paternity responsibilities of properly providing for his children is inexcusable.
Albert II & Delphine Boel
Michael I of Romania
Micheal II's daughter & Ileana
"Where did you get that picture of me?" was what Michael II 's daughter asked. However the Photo was of Ileana of Romania. History repeats itself in many ways. His daughter not only is a repeat of a well remembered face of the Romanian Royal Family, her Aunt Ileana, she also proves to have a similar temperament. 80 years apart, but it is as if time stood still.
During the last several years Mihai II has promoted Romania and the people of Romania via his website. He has had a great deal of positive feedback. His readers and followers continue to grow. One of his goals has always been to be in Romania where he can personally be involved with the people. As this goals comes into a reality, he has received acknowledgement by President Basescu. He has corresponded with the President's office during the past years and appreciates the gesture.
Remembering Elizabeth P McIntosh
This summer Elizabeth P. McIntosh journalist, writer, intelligence agent and friend passed away at age 100. Ms. McIntosh was a woman well before her time and an absolute delight. Perhaps part of the secret to a having a long healthy life is to live your life to the fullest and as you would have it. Having known her I can understand why she never tired, because for her life was always an exciting experience. People and their lives were of constant interest to her and she herself had so much to share about so many things. On a more personal note she reminded me so much of my own Mother. Though Eliz did not have children herself she was an influence and example to so many that were fortunate to know her. Thank you Ms. McIntosh I hope we shall meet again.
Sisterhood of Spies
This book exposes the efforts of the many women who answered the call of duty joining the hastily formed OSS to help the allied forces win WWII. The Office of Strategic Service aka OSS was the precursor to the CIA that was formed just prior to America's entry to the war by presidential order of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The author Elizabeth McIntosh, who joined the OSS after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in her native Hawaii, recounts her own experiences as well as compiles many experiences of her sisters in arms. Sisterhood of Spies underlines the great risks and sacrifices and combined secret efforts made by an international ensemble of players on all fronts of the allied camp. Ms. McIntosh brings to life a time when the United States steps beyond innocence and becomes today's superpower and establishes an intelligence agency with the help and encouragement of the more advanced British intelligence service. The book is an exciting read, yet unencumbered style allows the reader to easily follow the complicated material. The inclusion of famous personalities such as Julia Child and Lord Louis Mountbatten (a Greek Relative to Michael II of Romania and Prince Consort Phillip), along with the many heroic ordinary people, locks the readers attention until the end.
“I found the book very interesting and made a very personal connection with the service of my own family with the OSS and my own hidden childhood, which had me moved around during the cold war. I was moved to make a personal contact with Ms. McIntosh, who now in her nineties remains very much the fascinating woman who served the war effort”(Michael II). Find this Sisterhood of Spies at Amazon and see Elizabeth McIntosh on the video series Secrets of War season 1 episode 3 “Women Spies of World War II” online at Hulu.com.
Concern for Those Who Feed Us: Preserve Romanian Agriculture
An integral aspect of our country are the natural resources and the protection of them. Romania's fertile soil allows for productive farming and agriculture. The growers and farmers need to be encouraged and supported by the community as well as by our government in a partnership. This relationship vastly contributes to the sustainability of the nation and our culture. We must always be able to rely on our own people not outside sources to feed us. There are too many examples of countries outsourcing for cheap labor and products with the result of the depletion of their own economies. Romanian's connection to the land and soil is an important part of maintaining and improving our quality of life, as well as providing the elements for other cultural and economic advancements.
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Who Saved King Michael I of Romania
Photo of King Michael I of Romania Saluting Military After Victory In Odessa WWII
Though my Father King Michael I of Romania led a coup against Romania's pro-Nazi government in 1944, the King was a political risk to the Allies. My Grandfather, ousted King Carol II, was famously anti-fascist and anti-Nazi. My Father's record during the WWII remained in question. During the war my Father was used for propaganda purposes by the Axis, however this tainted him in the minds of the Allies and the public in the West. Over time my Father's image has improved. However, when my Father and Grandmother were placed on a train after my Father's abdication, they could have been sent to Moscow, where the atrocities of the Romanian Army as they invaded the Soviet Union with the Nazi's were fresh the public mind. Stalin would certainly have executed my Father. The United States, rather than the British, brokered a safe exile in Switzerland. While the allies wished to portray my Father positively due to the very close relationship to the British Royal Family, he was a political liability that no government was very interested in helping. The fact that Michael I produced a son who was under American protection, is why the United States considered saving my Father as politically useful in the future. Today my security may appear that I am lightly guarded, however my protection is heavy and more secure than that for any member of the Romanian Royal Family. I was always under United States protection while my Father quietly lived in exile.
The Kennedy Glasses a Gift From the White House
Michael II's Personal Collection: The Kennedy Glasses and Jacqueline Kennedy With The Glasses
Our Mother was not Royal, this I have already stated, but the maternal side of our family are American and the United States does not recognize titles of nobility; rather American ideals are that to embrace public service for the benefit of all. Our Mother served the people of the United States through high levels of work that did not allow for public accolades. Her funeral was marked with a flyover by F15s. She could only receive such an honor and acknowledgment posthumously. Our Mother gave myself and my Sister Princess Margarita much to be proud of. Our Mother believed in service, and her work placed her and family at certain government events, which included President John F. Kennedy's inauguration. The photo is of the glasses she passed to me, that were the glasses used by President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline during the inauguration. My Mother had valuable things, but the gift of these modest glasses were precious to her and reminded her of an exciting time in her career and of the new possibilities and change that the Kennedy administration began.
Reflecting on the recent movie “Woman in Gold ” involving Maria Altmann's fight against the Austrian government to reclaim what was stolen during WWII. The true title of the painting is “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” and the name 'The Woman In Gold' robbed Ms. Bloch-Bauer of her of her identity. Identity is a very basic right. The movie was a testament to truth, trials, tribulation, and over coming fear. However, the fight for justice and believing in yourself is an inspiration. My campaign to gain my rightful identity and return to truth, involves identity theft and turning very serious wrongs around. The movie showed a lot of aspects that I had to face as a young child and as an adult; however in the end my position will prevail. I want it to be understood that this is not vengeance against my father in any way. It is simply the truth and justice. I will never withdraw in defeat; quite the opposite. That said, it is also important to point out that this is not just about the Romania Royal Family. Other closely related royal families as well as governments were and are very involved in the wrong doings. As the truths are further revealed, many will hang their heads in shame. I have always worked for and with the people, and Romanians will see this. The people will be the judge.
The Decoys: The Prince and the Paupers
The maneuver to take young Michael II out of Europe involved security and protection. Situating him in a rural part of the east coast and giving him a new identity was one aspect. However, there was the sad situation of the the stand-ins. The unsuspecting boys were adopted into a family in the Washington DC area, and one into a family in Germany. If danger arose the paper trail would lead to one of these boys. These decoys would most likely end up the target if danger came knocking at the door. Michael II expressed, “I understand how terrible and dark this reality was; valuing one child's life above that of another child's. There is no adequate way the people responsible can compensate these men for how they were used. It is regretful... the politics of war is ugly. I wouldn't be surprised if another decoy was found to have been placed in Canada or the United Kingdom”
Our Mother's Enduring Personality
Our mother was a very petite beautiful woman, with an unassuming presence that people gravitated to. She was intelligent and witty with a laugh that one would never forget. Her classic elegance made quite a statement. She moved through life without wearing her experiences on her sleeve. The terrible hurtful darkness she must have felt to be forced to give up her children. A daughter she would never see, and a son to be raised in a way she never approved of; but was forced to remain silent. The political pressures were intense. However, the victors don't always have the last say.
The Web of Corruption
The discovery, exposure, and discussion of corruption is an important element in the world today. I will begin relating the corruption associated with myself. The two fold importance is not only the relevance to me, but also to the people so they are aware.
My sister and I were born just a few minutes apart. I was named after my father and an uncle. Our mother once said that Margaret was her favorite name and so my sister Margarita was given that name after our Mother's close friend and sister in-law Aunt Margaret. Our Mother was a patriot so she entered the war effort by joining the intelligence service. She was fluent in Slavic languages, as well as French. Our mother's family was a perfect example of what used to be referred to as a government family. There were other members of the family working in Washington in various branches of intelligence; and of course it was taboo to discuss this topic. The service recruited within the family and harnessed that family loyalty to serve the government: working with who you know and can control. Our mother was the highest ranking in the family, working domestically and abroad, with family only having a vague knowledge of her whereabouts. I remember her working in Washington at the Pentagon as a liaison. She was not royal, but was our father's equal and became his wife when she became pregnant with us. This of course is when our father's life became complicated among royal circles. This is also the point where corruption and greed began to disrupt my life. It is time to discuss what happened plainly and in direct terms. Our mother said that giving up her children was the darkest period of her life.
The Pope Objects To A Second Marriage To Princess Anne
The fact that Pope Pius XII objected to the marriage of our Father and Princess Anne is still a question asked. The simple truth is that Pope Pius did not take issue that our Step Mother is Catholic and our Father is Orthodox. The Pontiff’s objection was very simple that our Father's first marriage produced children; myself and my sister Margarita, and thus the first marriage to our Mother remained valid. Though our Grandmother “Queen Mother Helen” pounded her fists in her meeting with Pope Pius he would not give his blessing to a new and hastily arranged second marriage to Princess Anne. The truth is really quite simple.
Pope Pius Stands Firm, Princess Anne Should Not Marry a Man Who Is Already Married
Ownership of Responsibility
It is well understood and explained that as a young boy, Michael was brought to the states for security, stability, and privacy. However, at this point as time has marched forward, his life and background has been revealed and is of international interest. Responsibility for his safe return and reunion with his people is not just the responsibility of Romania, but of many and most Royal Families of Europe. Accountability for such an injustice rests on many shoulders. The people would be shocked to know the identity of some of those proud, but shriveling, shoulders. Remember, all secrets eventually are revealed.
A Dangerous Post-War World For Michael II of Romania
In Post-War Europe Romanovs Male Romanovs Were In Real Danger Including The Hohenzollerns
Michael II rarely responds to personal questions, however he is pleased to respond to the confusion regarding his separation from his twin sister and his family. His response was, “It is easy to forget the political situation of Europe in the late 40,s right after such a terrible and devastating war. Though the Romanian Royal Family was responsible for liberating Romania from the Ottoman Empire, bringing the country out of a dark age and modernizing the country before World War II, the memory of the Royal Family's efforts were virtually erased during communism. With the the line of succession resting on the male child of the last Romanian King, there was a very real danger from the Stalinist regime in Moscow, as well as the post war regime in Bucharest. As the head of one of the two surviving lines of the Romanovs, my family was well aware of the desire to exterminate Royals; as was the fate of Tzar Nicolas II and his family. The Soviet Empire wanted to keep Romania within the Eastern Block, and a male heir to the Romanian throne was a potential threat that could be easily managed by assassinating a child. Hiding me was not so difficult, considering the technologies and constraints on the news media of the time. Therefore, it was both easy and essential to hide the child king. In recent years with the forthcomings of Edward Snowden and others, it is important to not be naive to the will of government forces protecting secrets and betrayals.
There is often confusion of the differences between fraternal and identical twins. Identical twins are genetically identical and are essentially mirror images of each other; and of course are of the same gender. On the other hand, fraternal twins are siblings born together, and although they may look much alike they are genetically different and can be born of opposite genders, as with Michael II and Princess Magarita. Giving birth to twins is often a trait that runs in the family, as is the case for Michael and Margarita's Mother. As for Michael II, his appearance favors the Hohenzollerns back to Ferdinand and Carol II; more than his own Father does. It is equally interesting and gratifying that his Sister Princess Margarita looks so much like their deceased Mother, who Michael and his children were able to know so well near the end of her life. “Our Mother was always reluctant to talk about the past, but described having to give up her children as an unbearable dark time in her life.” Michael also notes about his Mother “She was truly treated terribly by our Father and even worse by my Grandmother Queen Helen... There is much to be corrected and there are no innocents living in my Father's house.”
Parenting and Values of Michael I of Romania
Michael II responds to the neglect issue by stating, “Certainly there is no excuse for not accepting parental responsibility. However, regardless of marital and political issues at the time of the birth of myself and my sister, there have been many opportunities to put things right. That said others must shoulder the blame with my Father. There were and are many Royal Houses in Europe with knowledge of the situation and in recent years they have had the opportunity to communicate. They have protected each other. I make exception to Denmark and appreciate the response and assistance. This statement comes at the time of the date strategically chosen for the official birthday for myself and my sister, March 26, 1949. A date that would be an acceptable match for the marriage date of our Father to Princess Anne. We are indeed older and not born in March.”
The True Life of Michael I of Romania: Duping the Public
There is not a society or culture that condones the abandonment of a child. How a person cares for their child is the reflection of ones true character and where they should belong in society. Michael II has been asked to comment about his exile and he has been generous to his Father and has given him plenty of opportunity to show a change in maturity and of character. However it is time to bring the truth forward and dispel the fairytail of the white knight that married a Danish princess. Michael II will begin to publicly reflect on the past, a life in exile, and the greed that has protected a false king.
The False King: Michael I of Romania
People automatically assume that when a person of power makes decisions, they actually have the authority to make such decisions. Former King Michael I portrays that he is still head of the Romanian Royal Family. Abdication is final. Salic law was intact and applicable when he abdicated in 1947. Therefore his title was passed to his only son and first born. Former King Michael I did not have the authority to change or attempt to change Salic law and place Princess Margarita in a position above her twin brother. The line of succession is to be determined by Michael II; and he has his line.
It has been a recurring question as why Michael was brought to the United States and did not remain in Europe. As head of the Romanian Royal Family since his Father's abdication, Michael II's safety became the key issue. Early, when communism had just been forced upon the Romanian people the only male child of the Royal line was a danger to the new regime and Stalinist tactics were a very real concern in Europe. Also the American operative closely tied to the family took the responsibility of rescuing, protecting, and safely bringing Michael into exile in the United States. She was also instrumental in the development and implementation of his cover.
Saving The Line of The Romanian Royal Family
The Woman Who Saved The Romanian Royal Family Line
Don't lie, but don't tell everything you know...Don't act too smart... A young child has not yet mastered the science of rationalizing or lying; they are innocent. For Michael he learned enough at a young age not to trust. A young child has a mind that takes in everything and remembers perfectly, however he knew not to disclose his memories to his protector.
For Michael the memories are vivid of the people connected to his early years; from his family to the time with the order that protected him. Perhaps that is where he developed the skill to hide and be very silent. “I could hide directly in front of someone and not be seen”. How to blend in was a key for his safety.
Where do you safely hide the boy that is head of the Romanian Royal Family so he will blend in and not be found? His American adventure would begin briefly in Washington D.C. and from there his hiding place; very rural New England.
The transition was not an easy. New environment and many new faces. An major element of the strategy was a new name. Michael spent a lot of time rebuking this and remembers repeatedly say, “ That IS not my name.” it was difficult to accept the changes.
"The first time I met you you couldn't speak English well and you brought M&Ms" is how Michael's cousin and childhood friend remembers the arrival. "That was at XXXXXXX's home on XXXXXXX in Washington.... you broke a lamp." It was all so unfamiliar and frightening for a small boy. This is where the drop off occurred and Michael would leave for rural New England to begin a new life with a new name in America, but it would never feel quite like home. "That is not my name!"
Michael also had to adjust to being alone. The connection twins have with one another is well known. The studies of twins who have been separated from a young age are particularly interesting.... Even into his early adulthood, people would try to dispel the notion of a twin; but Michael never gave into the game. "Twins are very sensitive to each other and my Sister is no exception. As one of my children looks just like her I am constantly reminded of my sister and our connection."
Along with an entire new venue young Micheal II also had to adjust to being moved around a lot. It was as if he was lulled into a very false sense of reality. A few years ago a confession was made to him by a person who was close to him during those difficult young years. “ I always felt bad for you because you never had a childhood.....you had to grow up quickly. You were moved around and had to live with total strangers; for your protection.”