Son of Crown Prince Carol of Romania and Crown princess Helene, Michael was born on 25 October 1921, in the Foișor castle, and baptised in the Orthodox religion, with the name of the Voivod Michael the Brave. Since his childhood, Michael discovered the values of duty, faith and motherland, values which ennobled the reign of his grandfather, Ferdinand the Loyal.
The six years old precocius child who spoke Romanian and English, who took piano lessons, photography and check lessons and drove a little motor, under the closely supervision of his mother, Princess – mother Helene, was thrown off in the swim of history. After the third abdication of his father, Carol II, he received the difficult task to reign over a drifting country (1927-1930).
Dethroned in 8 June 1930, after his father’s come back, he received the symbolical title of Grand Voievod of Alba Iulia, attended a private school constituted in 1932 by his father, at the Royal Palace, and started the military instruction. At the age of sixteen years old, Michael became sub-lieutenant of the 1st Mountain Troops Battalion and swore his oath of faith to the King.
Later, Michael I became the youngest of the Romanian Army’s Marshalls.
Kept away from the uproar of the political life, Michael was powerless, assisting at the Romania inter-war stormy events which culminated with political assassinations, the change of the Constitution, the forbiddance of all parties and Carol II’s dictatorship.
In 1937, Michael joined his father to the official visit in Poland, represented Romania at the King George VI coronation and in 1939, took part at the Carol II’s political tour at London, Paris and Bruxelles and also, at the 24 November 1934 at the historical meeting with Adolf Hitler.
The 23 August 1934 Ribentropp – Molotov Pact and the 30 August 1940 Vienna Dictate, with disastrous consequences for Romania, accelerated the end of Carol II controversial reign. Forced to leave the country, on 6 September 1940, Carol II left in the hands of his son the destiny of a country whose historical regions, Transylvania, Bukovina and Bessarabia, have been cut off. Aged nineteen , Michael swore for the second time his oath of faith towards the nation and the Parliament.
Marked by the duplicity of western countries, Romania’s faith seemed to be sealed; by the wish of Marshall Antonescu – called the Leader– Romania entered the war on the side of the Axis, against Michael’s wish. Antonescu proclaimed the Legionnaire State (September 1940- January 1941), declared war against Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 and actions over rightful authority of the King. Aware of the disastrous consequences of antonescu’s politics, King Michael decided to change the current.
The brave act from 23 August 1944 whereby Romania joined its traditional Allies, shortened the war with six months and it was Michael’s action. Romania turned against Germany and the Constitution from 1923 was re-adopted. At the end of the war, King Michael was awarded the highest degree (Chief Commander) of the American Legion of Merit by U.S. President Harry S. Truman and by by Joseph Stalin with the Soviet Order of Victory.
Forced to recognize the communist government of Petru Groza ( 6 March 1945 – 30 November 1946), King Michael made desperate efforts to limit the red peril in Romania. Unfortunately, his diplomatic actions failed. After the ‘’royal strike’’ of August 1945 – December 1946- King Michael was forced to recognize the gerrymander from November 1946. On 30 December 1947, King Michael I was forced to sign the abdication. A chapter of remarkable accomplishments in the fields of culture and economy ended.
From his exile, King Michael I militated for his country and in the1950es of the last century he created the Romanian National Committee.
After the fall of the communist regime, King Michael I came back to Romania and militated for his country all over the world.