December 22, 2017
As a sign of deep respect for the last King of Romania, Romfilatelia put into circulation the postage stamp In memoriam, King Michael I (1921-2017), on December 13, 2017, with a face value of 8 lei, illustrating the King's portrait and monogram. On the cover is not only the stamp, designed by Mihail Vămăşescu, but also the first day postmark. Michael I (25 October 1921 - 5 December 2017) reigned from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930 and again from 6 September 1940 until his forced abdication on 30 December 1947.
Between 1947 and 1989 King Michael I was a powerful voice of the Romanian exile, and he never ceased to encourage his people, keeping alive the hope that one day Romania would be free from communism. A tragic figure of Romanian history, he was a king loved and profoundly respected by his people, an example and a standard of morality and dignity, and also a symbol of hope. Michael I was buried on 16 December 2017 with full state honours at Curtea de Argeş, beside his wife Queen Anne who died in 2016.
In memoriam, King Michael I (1921-2017) - first day postmark
In memoriam H.M. King Michael of Romania (25 October 1921 - 5 December 2017), Pious Homage - postmark made by Post Office 63 Bucharest, postal code 014880, 16 December 2017 (the day of the king's burial). On the postmark is the royal cypher of King Michael I. This postmark can be seen on the postcard 3226.
Sender: Mihnea Răducu
Sent from Bucharest (Romania), on 13.12.2017