Comment 18 Dec 17

With Michael, Balkan Royalist Hopes Lie Buried

The late King of Romania’s grand farewell ended an era when hopes of royalist restorations seemed faintly possible.

Marcus Tanner

It was – surely – one the last such grand royal gatherings – a reminder of those far-off days when almost every European state had a throne, and when most of the crowned heads who sat on those thrones were fairly closely related.

Michael of Romania’s send-off pulled in a heavyweight regal crowd – about as illustrious as you can get in these republican times.

The mourners including Britain’s heir to the throne, Charles, Juan Carlos and Sofia of Spain, the King and Queen of Sweden, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, a prince and princess from Belgium – not to mention various exiled royals from Greece and beyond.

Such gatherings in future are hard to imagine, as blood connections between Europe’s remaining royal families wear thin.

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