BUCHAREST, Romania – The royal house in Romania says former King Michael, who ruled the country during World War II, died in Switzerland at the age of 96.
Royal House said in a statement that Michael, one of the surviving leaders of that time, died late Tuesday night at his apartment in Aubonne, Switzerland.
His family announced last year that Michael had leukemia and another cancer and took public life by turning over his obligation to the eldest son, Margareta.
British queen Victoria, British Michael, first joined the throne in 1927 when she was six. He reigned three years after his father Carol II followed his wife and left her on the throne.
He became king again in 1940 when Carol married. Michael decided that the Communists forced him out in 1947.