Prince Michael with his grandfather, King Ferdinand I. When Ferdinand died in 1927 his son, Crown Prince Carol, had left the country and renounced the throne to be with his lover, Elena Lupescu. Thus Prince Michael became king at the tender age of 5. A regency council was appointed and was headed by Michael's uncle, Prince Nicholas, who neither wanted nor liked the job.
Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise zu Wied (29 December 1843 – 3 March/2 November 1916) was the Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Carol I of Romania, widely known by her literary name of Carmen Sylva. Elisabeth was the aunt of William of Albania (sister to William, 5th Prince of Wied, father of William of Albania).