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Romanians celebrate 95th birthday of their last king

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, file picture Romania's former King Michael waves to supporters during an appearance at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's former King Michael, one of the last surviving heads of state from World War 11 celebrates his 95th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/ Octav Ganea, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, file picture Romania's former King Michael waves to supporters during an appearance at the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's former King Michael, one of the last surviving heads of state from World War 11 celebrates his 95th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/ Octav Ganea, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 10, 2011, file photo, former Romanian King Michael smiles after attending the launching of a book about his life in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's former King Michael, one of the last surviving heads of state from World War 11 celebrates his 95th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 10, 2011, file photo, former Romanian King Michael smiles after attending the launching of a book about his life in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's former King Michael, one of the last surviving heads of state from World War 11 celebrates his 95th birthday Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)  (The Associated Press)

Romanians are celebrating the 95th birthday of their former king, Michael, one of the last surviving heads of states from the World War II-era.

Michael, who has lived in exile in Switzerland since he was forced to abdicate by the Communists, remains an important symbol of Romanian history and tradition that was broken by decades of communist rule.

To mark his birthday, the National Library in Bucharest opened an exhibition of photographs and documents illustrating his life on Tuesday.

Michael, who suffers from leukemia, will spend the day at his home in Switzerland with two of his five daughters. His wife of 68 years, Anne, died in August, and was returned to Romania for burial. Michael's health prevented him from attending her burial.