Romanians, royals turn out in big numbers for king's funeral

Romania bids farewell to former monarch

Romania bids farewell to former monarch

Representatives of several European and global royal families arrived in Romania to attend the funeral of King Michael, on December 16.

Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland this month.

The Prince of Wales is representing the British Royal Family at the funeral. Leading the ceremony was the late king's daughter, Princess Margareta.

The crowd cheered and shouted "King Michael!" as the coffin, led by Orthodox priests and a guard of honour, was transported by an army jeep toward the cathedral where there the funeral will take place.

The king was known for his modesty and commitment to Romania. He will be buried later that day at Curtea de Arges beside his wife, Queen Anne who died a year ago.

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