Aurel I

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Aurel I
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Title: King of Moldova
Predecessor: Petru I
Successor: Petru II
Birth: July 3, 1930
Birth: August 5, 2003
Profession: Royalty
Political Party: None
Relgious Affiliation: Romanian Orthodox
Family Prince Igor Nicolescu (brother in law), Petru (son), Illona and Olivia (daughters), Vlad (son), Lilian (wife)

Aurel Bragança-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1930 - 2003) also known as Aurel I, the second King of Moldova, who was allowed to "reign" as a puppet by the SNOR. He lived long enough to see Moldova become free again, whereupon he abdicated in favor of his son in 1991. He died of heart failure in 2003.

His reign and life were shadowed by tragedy. First there was the conquest of his kingdom and the death of his parents, with the resulting SNOR-ist dominion of Moldova. Later there was the growing scandals and tragedies around his children, especially his eldest son.

  • Crown Prince Vlad Bragança-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1958-1985)
  • Princess Illona Bragança-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1960-1966)
  • Petru Bragança-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1961-1997), later King Petru II
  • Princess Olivia Bragança-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1964-2000)

King Aurel married in 1954. His bride was an ambitious member of Oltenia's ruling family, Lilian Vlas-Florea (1932-1987). She was a woman of great ambition who had embraced the Snorist cause as the best means of achieving such. Her family strongly advocated the match, which occurred with great fanfare. The marriage was not a happy one, however, despite their four children. Aurel was shy, an intellectual who loved books and poetry. Although he grew up into a handsome man, and many agreed achieved increasing handsomeness with age, all also agreed he seemed melancholy. Left to himself, he was dress in simple dark clothing and only rarely could be persuaded to don the regalia of his office.

Queen Lilian, on the other hand, took control of the royal household with great vigor. She adored wearing increasingly elaborate and expensive wardrobes, until at last it became something a scandal. Likewise, she had enormous appetites, eventually weighing over 300 pounds when she died of a burst blood vessel in 1987, just a little while before the end of SNOR rule. She was a very unpopular person, yet by her own excesses made the king a sympathetic figure.

The king was closest to his youngest child, Olivia, whom he outlived when she died of leukemia three years before him.

Preceded by:
Petru I
King of Moldova
Succeeded by:
Petru II