Carol II of Romania Biography
(King of Romania from 1930 to 1940)
Birthday: October 15, 1893 (Libra)
Born In: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Carol II was the king of Romania from 1930 till he abdicated in 1940. His reign was very controversial and it established a personal and monarchial dictatorship as well. He was the eldest son of King Ferdinand I, and he became the crown prince after his grand uncle, King Carol I, passed away. He was known to be hedonistic, a trait that led to many controversies, and his reign was also marked by numerous scandals. Despite being married, he had numerous extramarital affairs, including a long-term affair with Magda Lupescu. He was eventually forced to renounce his succession rights, forced to leave the country and go into exile. After the death of King Ferdinand, Carol II’s five-year-old son ascended the throne as Michael I. In 1930, Carol II eventually came back and took over, replacing his son as well as the regency that were in place. His reign was known for its realignment with Nazi Germany and anti-Semitic laws. In 1938, he began his own personal dictatorship. Eventually, his prime minister and the public forced him to leave the country and go into exile. His son Michael became the successor. Carol II passed away in 1953, in Portugal.