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Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until 2004, died after a heart attack in Beijing, China, on October 15, 2012, at the age of 89. (He died on October 15, 2012, but I am posting this on October 14, 2012.)

This leaves two remaining World War II heads of state:

Michael (born October 25, 1921) was King of Romania from July 20, 1927 until June 8, 1930 and again from September 6, 1940 until December 30, 1947. His is a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria by both of his parents and a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

Simeon Borisov of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born June 16, 1937) was Tsar of Bulgaria from August 28, 1943 until September 15, 1946. He also served as prime minister of Bulgaria from 2001 until 2005, becoming one of the few monarchs in history to have become the head of government through democratic elections.
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sikeospi wrote:
He also served as prime minister of Bulgaria from 2001 until 2005, becoming one of the few monarchs in history to have become the head of government through democratic elections.


Its interesting to note that a précis of the latter 20th century history of almost any European country is a bit of a joke, though the voting pattern of Bulgarian communists goes further than most. The United Kingdom is the exception that proves the rule, although it very nearly wasn't.
 
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One might argue for Tenzin Gyatso, also, though he was not technically enthroned until 1950.
 
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It is best to have King Michael abdicate early. It makes Independent Reds problematic for the Russian player.

As USSR you can use DeStalinization to have him move to South America.
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Kluvon wrote:
One might argue for Tenzin Gyatso, also, though he was not technically enthroned until 1950.


Technically, hasn't he been the ruler of Tibet during all the wars since 1650? whistle

(No, I don't really believe in reincarnation)
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Of course they never found Hitler's body...
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Nice thread.
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Ashiefan wrote:

Of course they never found Hitler's body...


I know you're only joking and it's a good joke, but isn't there a claim the Soviets did find Hitler's and Eva Braun's bodies and took them some where so no burial spot would become a shrine to Nazis past and future?
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Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Soong May-ling lived until October 23, 2003, dying at the age of 105, or about 105 years old.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon lived until March 30, 2002, dying at the age of 101.

Empress Kōjun, empress consort of the Emperor of Japan lived until June 16, 2000, dying at the age of 97.
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I'm suprised there's that many--
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Is Francisco Franco still dead?

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sikeospi wrote:
This leaves two remaining World War II heads of state:


Whaoa! That's the FINAL JEOPARDY to end all FINAL JEOPADRYs. zombie

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aiabx wrote:
Is Francisco Franco still dead?



Critically.
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Beorndog wrote:
Ashiefan wrote:

Of course they never found Hitler's body...


I know you're only joking and it's a good joke, but isn't there a claim the Soviets did find Hitler's and Eva Braun's bodies and took them some where so no burial spot would become a shrine to Nazis past and future?


I saw a book (title escapes me) which purported to be the KGB files from the investigation into Hitler's death. In this book were pictures of a somewhat charred jawbone which Hitler's dentist identified as belonging to Der Fuhrer. It and other remains were, according to this book, buried somewhere secretly until the early 1950's. At this time they were dug up, burned and the ashes scattered into a river, perhaps the Vistula, so no Adolf-worshipping cultists could get their hands on them.

I found the book in question in a used bookstore, almost bought it but finally decided it was a) a bit morbid and b) irrelevant. Regardless of the exact details, old Adolph is dead and we will hopefully never see his likes again.
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Oof. This thread just triggered a multi-hour wikipedia binge.
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wifwendell wrote:
aiabx wrote:
Is Francisco Franco still dead?



Critically.


I recall he shifted to a higher plane in stately fashion, one organ at a time.

Serrano Súñer almost made it through his 102nd year and was the last of those involved at the highest level. He was responsible for sending the Blue Division to fight the godless Soviets, though continuous Spanish enthusiasm for the fray far exceeded their government's willingness to acknowledge volunteers in later war years [which is not unlike the situation in France, and arguably Belgium]. Theirs must be the most adorned Axis memorial:-

 
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Still two World War II heads of state left.

Continuation of the story...

King Michael of Romania (1927-1930, 1940-1947) died on December 5, 2017, at his residence in Switzerland. He was 96. He is credited with pre-emptively saving thousands of lives when, at 22, he had the audacity to arrest the country’s dictator, a puppet of Adolf Hitler. Historians say his action might have shortened the war by months, saving tens of thousands of lives. His great-great-grandmother was Queen Victoria of England.

His death follows Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (1941-1955, 1993-2004), who died in 2012.

That leaves Simeon Borisov Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (or Sakskoburggotski), a graduate of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He served as Tsar of Bulgaria (1943-1946) and later served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-2005) joining the aforementioned Norodom Sihanouk as the only two former monarchs in history to have become the head of government through democratic elections. In February 1945, his three regents including his uncle were executed by the Communists. His great-grandfather was a first cousin of Queen Victoria, and her husband, Prince Albert.

And there is also Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. After the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China incorporated Tibet in 1950.
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Michael really does seem to have been a man of some quality.
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aiabx wrote:
Is Francisco Franco still dead?

I heard he had shook that off and was starting to feel better now.
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