House of Romania

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House of Romania
Kingdom of Romania - Medium CoA.svg
Country Romania
Titles King of the Romanians
Founded 1866
Founder Carol I of Romania
Final ruler King Michael (1927–1930, 1940–1947)
Current head HM King Michael (1947–)
Deposition 1947: Stalinist take-over
Romanian Royal Family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Romania (1881-1947)

HM The King
HM The Queen

* titled accordingly in private family rules

The House of Romania is the dynastic royal house that succeeds the Romanian branch of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen that ruled Romania between 1866 and 1947. The Romanian royal house was formerly known as "of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen".

On 10 May 2011, on a background of lawsuits in Germany brought against his family by his German relatives and of fears[1] expressed by some that the German Hohenzollerns may claim succession to the headship of the Romanian royal house, King Michael I of Romania severed all of the dynastic and historical ties with the princely house of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, changed the name of his family to "of Romania", and gave up all princely titles conferred to him and to his family by the German Hohenzollerns.[2][3]

The family uses the motto Nihil Sine Deo (English: Nothing Without God). Paul-Philippe Hohenzollern opposes King Michael's decision to break ties with the House of Hohenzollern.[4]

Kings of the Romanians[edit]

Carol I of Romania (20 April 1839 – 27 September 1914 (O.S.) / 10 October 1914 (N.S.)), born "Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen" was reigning prince and then King of the Romanians from 1866 to 1914.

Ferdinand I of Romania (24 August 1865 – 20 July 1927) was the King of the Romanians from 1914 to 1927.

Carol II of Romania (15 October/16 October 1893 – 4 April 1953) reigned as King of the Romanians from 8 June 1930 until 6 September 1940. He was the first of the Romanian royal family who was baptized in the Orthodox rite.

Michael I of Romania (born 25 October 1921) was the last King of the Romanians (Romanian: Maiestatea Sa Mihai I Regele Românilor, literally "His Majesty Michael I King of the Romanians") reigning from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930, and again from 6 September 1940, until forced to abdicate by the communists backed up by orders of Joseph Stalin to the Soviet armies of occupation on 30 December 1947. He is the current holder of the dis-established throne of Romania and he is the head of the House of Romania, whose name he has changed from of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen to of Romania in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Romanian) Filip-Lucian Iorga: "The Royal House of Romania does not have to remain tied to the shady side of the Hohenzollern family", Hotnews.ro accessed on 14 May, 2011
  2. ^ King Michael I announces the severance of all historical and dynastic ties to the House of Hohenzollern, Adevarul, May 11, 2011
  3. ^ The history of the conflicts between the Royal House of Romania and the Princely House of Hohenzollern, Adevarul, May 11, 2011
  4. ^ "King Michael Breaks Ties With Hohenzollerns". theroyaluniverse.com. Retrieved 12 April 2011.