Romanian Royal Family

Romanian Royal Family

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The current Romanian Royal Family (of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen), an integral part of the larger Royal House of Romania, [ "Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania"] , [ The Romanian Royal Family website] as retrieved on January 13, 2008] consists of the family of King Michael I of Romania who bear a Royal title (i.e. Royal Highnesses). There is also a rival branch which descends from Michael's older half-brother Carol Mircea Hohenzollern (also known as "Carol Mircea Grigore of Romania", "al României" in Romanian, on his amended Romanian birth certificate [ [ "General"] Evenimentul Zilei] ), whose members regard themselves as part of the Royal Family. The King, Queen and their five daughters hold the titles Prince and Princess of Hohenzollern in addition to their Romanian titles.

Family of King Michael

*King Michael I of Romania
*Queen Anne of Romania
** Crown Princess Margarita of Romania (born 1949)
** Radu, Prince of Romania (born 1960), the future "Prince Consort of Romania" upon King Michael's death, husband of Crown Princess Margarita
** Princess Helena (Elena) of Romania (born 1950)
** Princess Irina of Romania (born 1953)
** Princess Sophie of Romania (born 1957)
** Princess Marie of Romania (born 1964)

The children of Princess Elena, Princess Irina, and Princess Sophie have no rights to the Romanian throne according to both the last royal Constitution of 1923 and the last Law of the Statute of the Romanian Royal House dated 1884. However, on December 30, 2007 in a private ceremony [ ro icon [ "Princess Margarita, heiress to the throne of Romania,"] Evenimentul Zilei, December 30, 2007] [ ro icon [ Communique, December 30, 2007 - The Press Bureau of His Majesty King Michael I, Elisabeta Palace,] [ The Romanian Royal Family website] as of December 30, 2007] , King Michael signed into effect a new such Statute, an anti-democratic [ro icon [ "A Dynastical Constitution,"] Romania libera, January 9, 2008] act with eminently symbolic importance in the absence of its approval by the Parliamentro icon [ "The King and Margarita - On The "Day of the Republic" The King Designated His Successor"] , Jurnalul National daily] [ro icon [ "The Actor Duda in The Role of A Lifetime: Prince Consort of Romania] ," Cotidianul, January 3, 2008] requested by Michael himself, in an attempt to replace the old 1884 Law of the Statute. Through the new Statute called "Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania", Michael decreed his grandchildren into the line of succession to the throne and to the headship of the Royal House and explicitly banned any other foreign prince belonging to any other royal or princely house from succeeding. On the same occasion he asked the Romanian Parliament to change the Salic law should it consider restoring the monarchy (see "Line of succession to the Romanian throne"). Through the same act, Michael also designated Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills as a future member of the Royal Family and future "Prince of Romania" with a "Royal Highness" style effective either on his 25th birthday, April 1, 2010, or upon Michael's death, whichever occurs sooner. Children or consorts of the members of the Royal Family of Romania who do not bear a Royal title, are not recognized as members of the Royal Family according to the new rules, but only as members of the larger family of King Michael I and of the Royal House.

Family of Carol Lambrino

The descendants of King Michael's elder half-brother Carol Lambrino also claim to be members of the Romanian Royal Family. Their claim is not recognised by King Michael.

* Paul-Philippe Hohenzollern (born 1948), son of Carol Lambrino, styles himself "Prince Paul of Romania"
* Lia Hohenzollern (née Triff) (born 1949), wife of Paul
* Alexander Hohenzollern (born 1961), son of Carol Lambrino

Deceased members of the Royal Family

* King Carol I of Romania
* Queen Elisabeth of Romania
** Princess Maria of Romania
* King Ferdinand I of Romania
* Queen Marie of Romania
** King Carol II of Romania
** Princess Elisabeth of Romania
** Princess Maria of Romania
** Prince Nicholas of Romania
** Princess Ileana of Romania
** Prince Mircea of Romania
* King Carol II of Romania
* Queen Mother Helen of Romania

Family tree


ee also

*Line of succession to the Romanian throne

External links

* [ The official website of The Romanian Royal House]
* [ Website of Prince Paul of Romania]

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