Curtea de Arges is a town located in Arges district from Muntenia region. This city is surrounded by mystery and history, being the first capital of Wallachia. It is one of the oldest cities from Romania and offers a distinctive panorama and interesting touristic attractions.

During Medieval Times, Curtea de Arges was an important political and economic center. Because the capital was moved from Wallachia to Targoviste, Curte de Arges lost its prestige. The place regain its notoriety after the monastery becomes Carol I burial place. Nowadays, this monastery is the place were all Romanian kings and queens are buried, including Queen Ana, the wife of former king of Romania, Michael I.

Curtea de Arges is proud to be the place where important rulers are born: Neagoe Basarab (ruler of Wallachia between 1512 and 1521), Vlaicu Voda (ruler of Wallachia between 1364 and 1377), Mircea the Elder (ruler of Wallachia between 1386-1394 and 1397-1418). Also here were born intellectual personalities from interwar period such as: writer Demetru Demetrescu-Buzău (known as Urmuz) and psychologist Florian Stefanescu-Goanga.

Tourists that visit this historical city need to see the beautiful edifice Curtea de Arges Monastery. This place of worship is built between 1512 and 1517 by Neagoe Basarab. Curtea de Arges Monastery is a cultural edifice, a legendary residence and also a place for pilgrimage. Visitor can discover here the graves of Romanian Regal Family: King Carol I, Queen Elisabeth, Carol II, King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary. Travellers that come here can discover the legend of dabster Manole (Romanian: Mesterul Manole), the man that bricked his wife Ana in the edifice wall. Wonderful Curtea de Arges Monastery is dedicated to “The Assumption of Virgin Mary” and is recognized as a national monument.

Close to the Curtea de Arges Monastery tourists can see the Fountain of Manole. The legend of this fountain said that dab Manole need to brick his wife Ana in the church’s wall for stop the walls demolitions. The rule of that times loves this terrific construction and ask those 10 tampers if they can do another one, more wonderful that this one. Those 10 tampers say yes and the rules demolish the scaffolding to stop them to build another construction more beautiful than this. Tampers made shingles wings but all of them die. In the place where dab Manole decease, appears a fountain that keeps his name.

In the center of this city, visitors can discover remains from 13th century Royal Court. From the old construction they can see stone walls and two royal cellars. Archaeologists confirm that this building is made in peasant style with ground floor, basement and a veranda. On this Royal Court used to be a house which was the home of Voivode Neagoe Basarab. The second house is the home of Basarab I. Royal Court was rebuilt on the 14th century.

The city of Curtea de Arges is perfect for a small trip to enter in the historical and legendary atmosphere of the streets and discover Romania.

Princess Margaret of Romania is the first daughter of King Michael I and Queen Ana (Princess de Bourbon-Parma). Today, she is the Custodian of the Romanian Crown. On March 2016, King Michael I retires from public life and let all his public actions to be fulfilled by Princess Margaret. Princess Margaret establishes a foundation that bears his name, makes charity and loves cookery.

Royal Family of Romania or Romanian Dynasty (also known as Romanian Royal House) is a regal institution that represents Romania in public plan. In this institution take part members appointed by Royal Family that need to respect the special legal document – “Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania”. A simple blood kinship is not enough for a person to be part of the Royal House. He or she need to receive a regal title from the Head of the Family and respects the nation’s law.

Romanian Royal House is part of the Imperial Family of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Romanian Royal Family is affiliated with all great European regal families such as Britain Royal Family (Windsor dynasty), Greece Regal Family or France Regal Family (Bourbon dynasty).

Princess Margaret is born on March 26, 1949 in Switzerland and all her childhood is divided between Denmark, Greece, Great Britain and of course, Switzerland. She studies Sociology in University of Edinburgh from England and works for about 10 years in Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She gives up and goes in Romania with her father to support the Romanian causes, thing than she make even today.

In 1990 Princess Margaret together with her father opens the “Princess Margaret” Foundation which is dedicate to all persons with physical and material problems by any age. Her Majesty goes with Michael I in his tournaments from 1997 and 2002 to support Romania to become member in NATO and European Union.

On September 21, 1996 she marries Radu Duda and since 2001 they live at Elisabeth Palace from Bucharest. Princess Margaret receives the following decorations: Grand Cross of the Carol I Order (1996), Grand Cross of Romanian Crown Order (2011), Great Cross of Malta Order (2003), Knight of the “Legion of Honour” by the French Republic (2009), and Great Cross of Portugal’s Saint Isabel Order (2012).

Princess Margaret is Doctor Honorius Causa of: University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine King Michael from Timisoara, Academy of Economic Studies in Chisinau and Pitesti University. Nowadays, she represents Romania as a diplomat. On November 24, 2016 Romanians celebrated 150 years from the establishment of Regal House of Romania.

King Ferdinand I is part of the Romanian Royal Family that loved and respected Romania and its people. He serves his country at the best which brings him the name “The Loyal Ferdinand”. Man with a vast culture led Romania into a blooming period.

Prince Ferdinand Viktor Albert Meinrad von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen is born on August 24, 1865 as the son of Principle Leopold of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Princess Antonia by Saxa-Coburg-Gotha. Principle Leopold is the big brother of King Carol I, the first king that Romania had. Ferdinand I studies at Military School from Kassel, University of Leipzig, University of Bonn and School of Political Science and Economics in Tübingen. Among his passions are the science of Botanical and foreign languages.

In 1881, at the age of 15 he visits Romania for the first time and stays at Cotroceni Palace. On November 14, 1886 he becomes the sub-lieutenant of Romanian Army in The Regiment 3. For 38 years Ferdinand I is part of Romanian Army passing from to the rank of lieutenant to the marshal.

In November 1888, at the age of 23 Ferdinand I become the Crown Principle of Romania. On April 19, 1889 Principle Ferdinand I enter in Romania and is hosted by his uncle Carol I and his aunt Queen Elisabeth. Ferdinand I is changed into military captain on May 10, 1891 at the anniversary of Carol I.

On January 10, 1893 he marries Princess Marry of Great Britain and Ireland at Sigmaringen. They have six kids: Carol, Elisabeta, Marioara, Nicolae, Ileana and Mircea. The regal family stays at Cotroceni Palace.

He becomes the King of Romania on October 10, 1914 after the death of King Carol I. Ferdinand I loves and admires Romania and for its people he changes his Catholic religion into Christian-Orthodox religion.

King Ferdinand I has the same purpose as the Romanian people: the unification of the United Romania. He enters in the First World War as Entente alley (Great Britain, France, Russia) and against the Central Powers. Because of this Ferdinand I is excluded by Regal House of Hohenzollern by the Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. As a result, at the finish of the war is formed the national unitary state by the union of Bessarabia, Bucovina and Transylvania with the Old Kingdom. Furthermore, Ferdinand I become the first king of Great Romania on October 15, 1922.

From this moment Romania developed as a united country and approved the application of the Agrarian Reform and universal vote.

His son, Principle Carol II gave up the Romania throne on 1925 and this incident burst the “crisis dynasty”. This situation determines Ferdinand I to exclude Carol II from Romania Crown and puts his nephew, Michael I as a Royal Successor.

King Ferdinand I die by cancer on June 20, 1927 at Sinaia and is buried at Curtea de Arges Monastery, like other members of the Romanian royal family. From this moment Principle Michael I become the third King of Romania, under regency, being very young.

Born on October 25, 1921 Michael is one of the few living former heads of Romania during the Second World War. He ruled between July 20, 1927 – June 8, 1930 and September 6, 1940 – December 30, 1947.

Michael is the first King that rule at the age of 6 under a regency.

He is the son of Carol II and Princess Elena of Greece and Denmark and is also the descendant of one the most important royal and imperial families of Europe. Michael I is the great grandson of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. He is crowned king in 1927 after the death of his grandfather Ferdinand I, after his father – Carol II – gave up the throne since 1925. He has 6 years old so he is not able to lead a country, in consequence all his royal duties are performed by a regency.

His father Carol II comes back at the throne and Michael receives the created title “Great Voivode of Alba-Iulia”. For a long time, he could see his mother only few week per year. His mother’s exile at Florence deprives him from family affection, but instead, he receives a good education.

The new prime-minister Ion Antonescu obliges the Carol II to abdicate on September 6, 1940 and leaves Romania. Now the throne returns for the second time to Michael I. Under the authoritarian regime of Antonescu, King Michael I has no real power of decision. Furthermore, he is not informed about the fact that Romania enters in the war as side of Nazi Germany. Being in this situation, he decides to save what he can save so he gives a coup at August 23, 1944. He arrests Ion Antonescu and restores the Constitution from 1923.

Without the support of America and Great Britain, King Michael I is required to appoint Petru Groza in government on February 1945. Because he didn’t accept this situation, King Michael I makes a royal strike, refuses to sign the Government’s decrees, but the Government continued its activity.

On December 30, 1947 he is forced to sign the abdication decree and in the same day Romania follows the steps to become a Popular Republic. He leaves the country on January 1948 and tries to plead the cause of his country, but without any success.

On June 1948 Michael marries Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma and moves to Versoix in Switzerland. The royal couple has five daughters: princesses Margareta, Elena, Irina, Sofia and Maria.

In 1997 he receives back his Romanian citizenship and some of his families properties are returned. From that moment the Royal House of Romania makes lobby for Romania at an international level. In 2016, he retires and leaves all the duties of the crown to his daughter – princess Margareta of Romania. 

The former Romanian royal family is a branch of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen house and ruled Romania until 1947, when the last king, Michael I of Romania, abdicated his throne.

First representative of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen house was Charles I (1839 – 1914), reigned as King of Romania from 1866 to 1914. He was chosen Ruling Prince (Romanian Dormitory) of the Romanian United Principalities on April 20, 1966, after the abdication of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, know as first prince of united Romania.

During his reign, King Carol I individually led Romanian crowds during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78 and assumed command of the Russo/Romanian army through the defense and blockade of Plevna. The country reached worldwide recognized independence thru the Treaty of Berlin from 1878. Regarding his personal life, he was married with Princess Elisabeth of Wied in 1869 and they had just one daughter who died at the age of three. He reigned until his death.

His succesor was Ferdinand I (1865 – 1927), King Charles nephew, and he reigned as King of Romania from 1914 to 1927. Ferdinand I was the son of Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, and Infanta Antónia of Portugal (1845–1913), daughter of Queen Maria II and King Ferdinand II, a Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

As a member of a cadet branch of Germany’s ruling Hohenzollern imperial family, King Ferdinand I lead over Romania’s entry into World War I on the side of the Triple Entente rules against the Central Powers, on 27 August 1916. Consequently, he earned the nickname the Loyal, respecting his people. He was married with his distant cousin, the Lutheran Princess Marie of Edinburgh, daughter of Anglican Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and the Orthodox Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia. They married seems to be unhappy, but together they haved six children: 3 boys (Carol, Nicholas and Mircea) and 3 daughters: Elisabeta, Maria and Ileana.

In the following years, Michael I (1921 – present), Ferdinand’s grandson and son of the Crown Prince Carol II and and Princess Elena of Greece, was crowned as King of Romania in 1927. After his breath, Shortly after his birth, her father Prince Carol II got involved in a scandalous relationship with Magda Lupescu and renounce his privileges to the throne and moved with her to Paris in exile. Michael never met his father, Carol II, after the 1940 abdication and and he did not join his father’s funeral in 1953.

King Michael I ascended the throne after the death of his grandfather, Ferdinand I, as he was still a minor. In 1930, his father returned to Romania and and substituted his son as king. Ten years later, King Carol II was deposed, and Michael once again became king, under the regime led by the military authoritarian Ion Antonescu. In 1944, King Michael I partaken in a rebellion against Antonescu. In March 1945, political forces required Michael to assign a pro-Soviet government ruled by Petru Groza. On December 1947, Groza demanded a meeting with Michael where he was required to abdicate.

One year later, in exit, he married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, with whom he had five daughters and ultimately established in Switzerland. He is the last alive monarch or other head of state from the Interwar epoch. In exile, Michael worked as farmer, pilot, businessperson and broker. After the Revolution from 1989, Michael, escorted by numerous members of the royal family, arrived in Romania for the first time since his abdication from 1947. Using a Danish diplomatic passport, Michael was capable to get a 24-hour visa. He planned to reach Curtea de Arges Cathedral and pray at the crypts of his royal families, but he was stopped by a police filter, and required to leave Romania. In 1997, the Romanian government reestablished Michael’s citizenship and again permitted him to visit the land of his childhood.

In the last years, he spend his time between Switzerland and Romania. He was also able to regain the former private houses Peles Castle, Pelisor and Savarsin. The first two are opens to the public, and Savarsin and Elisabeta Palace are used as private residences. In 2016, his wife Ana died at age 90. Also, in the same year, the Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern, King Michael I of Romania eldest daughter,  was named Custodian of the Crown.