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Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 17:38
Romania bids farewell to former monarch
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A state funeral is under way in Romania for its former monarch, King Michael, who died aged 96 on December 05.

More than 20,000 Romanians queued in the capital Bucharest to pay their respects to his body, lying in state.

Royalty from across Europe are attending, including Spain's former King, Juan Carlos, and Prince Charles.

King Michael is best remembered for the coup he joined in August 1944 to switch Romania from the Nazi to the Allied side in World War II.

Forced to abdicate by Romania's communist leaders a few years later he lived most of his life in exile in Switzerland.

King Michael is seen here in 1951 with his wife, Queen Ann, who died last year
King Michael with his wife, Queen Ann, in 1951

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