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Domnitor of the
United Principalities
Former Monarchy
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Royal Coat of arms
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Carol I
First monarch Alexander I
Last monarch Carol I
Style His Royal Highness
Official residence Cuza Palace
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy began 5 February 1862
Monarchy ended 15 March 1881

Domnitor (pl. Domnitori) was the official title of the ruler of the United Principalities between 1862 and 1881. It was usually translated as prince in other languages. Derived from the Romanian word "domn" (lord or ruler) and, in turn, from the Latin "Dominus", Domnitor had been in use since the Middle Ages. Moldavian and Wallachian rulers had sometimes been referred to by the term, though their official titles had been voievod or hospodar, especially after they were officially nominated by the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. The title acquired an officially recognized meaning only after the 1862 union of Moldavia and Wallachia under Alexander I. The title was held by Alexander I and his successor, Carol I, until the proclamation of the Kingdom of Romania in 1881.[1]

Domnitori of the United Principalities (1862–1881)[edit]

Reign start
Reign end
Alexander John I
(1820-03-20)20 March 1820 – 15 May 1873(1873-05-15) (aged 53) 5 February 1862 22 February 1866 Cuza Alexander I of Romania
Carol I
(1839-04-20)20 April 1839 – 10 October 1914(1914-10-10) (aged 75) 20 April 1866 15 March 1881 Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Carol I of Romania

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kremnitz, Mite; Sidney Whitman, Sidney (1899). Reminiscences of the King of Roumania. Harper& Brothers.