Prince Nicholas of Romania (b. 1985)

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Prince Nicholas of Romania
House House of Romania
Father Robin Medforth-Mills
Mother Princess Elena of Romania
Born Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills
(1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 29)
Meyrin, Switzerland
Religion Romanian Orthodox
Romanian Royal Family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Romania (1881-1947)

HM The King
HM The Queen

* titled according to private family rules

Prince Nicholas of Romania (born Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills, 1 April 1985), is third in line to the defunct throne of Romania according to the new family statute enacted in 2007.[1] He is the eldest child and only son of Princess Elena of Romania and Robin Medforth-Mills.

Early life[edit]

Nicholas was born in Meyrin, a commuter town near Geneva, Switzerland. The family moved to England sometime after Nicholas's birth, and his younger sister Elisabeta Karina was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Nicholas attended Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames. He met Queen Elizabeth II, a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria like his grandfather King Michael, at the age of 16 , on the occasion of King Michael's 80 birthday party at the Windsor Castle. Among other European royals he met Prince Charles and Queen Sofia of Spain, distant cousins of his grandfather.[2]

During his childhood, he became interested in cars, an interest probably inherited from his grandfather H.M King Michael I of Romania. Up to now, Nicholas has had the opportunity to drive more than 100 cars, not to mention planes and boats. During the holidays in Versoix, Nicholas used to spend hours, in his grandfather's garage, watching him maintaining his jeep collection.[3] In an interview with historian Filip-Lucian Iorga, Prince Nicholas recalled the time spent with his grandfather Michael, and how His Majesty allowed him to drive one of his cars, a Ford which once belonged to General George S. Patton. The vehicle was subsequently given to his grandfather by Prince Felix of Luxembourg as a gift. He also recalled spending time with H.M Queen Anne, his grandmother, at Versoix. They used to spend time fishing or playing golf together.[4]

Prince of Romania[edit]

On 30 December 2007 Nicholas' maternal grandfather, King Michael of Romania, announced that Nicholas would receive the title Prince of Romania with the style of "Royal Highness", coming into effect on Nicholas' 25th birthday, 1 April 2010.[1] By virtue of his new title, he became a full member of the Romanian Royal Family.

On the same occasion, Michael, citing EU legislation and the values of Romanian society, signed a new Statute of the Royal House, called Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania.[1] The King did this to ensure a smooth and clear succession on his death, replacing the out of date 1884 Statute. Some commentators hold the belief that the King was not entitled to do so. [5] The act was of symbolic importance due to the absence of its approval by the Parliament,[6][7] The new line of succession to the defunct throne of Romania places Nicholas third in line, after his aunt and mother. The last democratically enacted royal Constitution of Romania, dated 1923, was based on Salic law. As there are no immediate male heirs of King Michael, Nicholas would be barred from the throne under the old regulations. As a consequence the next heir would be from the German Hohenzollern family, a situation unacceptable in Romania in 2015. (see "Line of succession to the Romanian throne"). On the same occasion, Michael asked the Romanian Parliament that, should it consider restoring the monarchy, it should abolish the outdated and discriminatory Salic law of succession.

According to the new Statute, Nicholas became a member of the Royal Family, part of the broader Royal House, on 1 April 2010. He is a dynast and a member of the Romanian Royal House.[1] As Nicholas' aunt, Crown Princess Margareta of Romania is childless, it is most likely that upon the deaths of his grandfather, aunt, and mother, Nicholas would succeed as the future Head of the Romanian Royal House and pretender to the throne.[1]

According to designations of Michael, the Headship of the Royal House entails governance over the foundations of the family, tenure of the estates and residences of the House, as well as sovereignty over the House orders of chivalry, among other things.

On 29 February 2008, Nicholas Medforth-Mills declared in an interview with the Romanian daily newspaper Cotidianul that if the Romanian people asked him to become a King, he wouldn't refuse.[8] The Romanian press referred to him as "Prince Nicholas," even before he actually held the title.[8]

Nicholas lives in Romania [9] and speaks fluent Romanian and English.[10]


Since the beginning of 2008, Nicholas has become more and more involved in the public life of Romania, taking part, for instance, at the 2008 UNITER theater gala[11] and in visits throughout the country with his Aunt, Crown Princess Margarita and his uncle, the former Special Representative of the Government, HRH Prince Radu of Romania.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Prince Nicholas of Romania
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Reference style His Royal Highnes
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Sir
  • 1 April 1985 – 31 March 2010: Mr Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills
  • 1 April 2010 – present: His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Romania[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania, The Romanian Royal Family website as retrieved on 9 January 2008
  2. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.99
  3. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.35-36
  4. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.37
  5. ^ (Romanian) "A Dynastical Constitution," Romania libera, 9 January 2008
  6. ^ (Romanian) "The King and Margarita – On The "Day of the Republic" The King Designated His Successor", Jurnalul National, 2 January 2008
  7. ^ (Romanian) "The Actor Duda in The Role of A Lifetime: Prince Consort of Romania," Cotidianul, 3 January 2008
  8. ^ a b (Romanian) Prince Nicholas: “I am ready to be the King of Romania”, Cotidianul, 28 February 2008
  9. ^ Romania: The discreet tonic of monarchy. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  10. ^ Nepotul regelui Mihai, vizita in tacere la Iasi: Da, place!. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  11. ^ (Romanian) "Prince Georg | 15 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  12. ^ (Romanian) "Salonta and Beius | 17 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  13. ^ (Romanian) "Oradea and Marghita | 18 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 19 April 2008
  14. ^ (Romanian) "Carei and Satu Mare | 19 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 19 April 2008
  15. ^ (Romanian) "Prince Radu in Bihor county", Prince Radu's website, accessed on 18 April 2008
  16. ^ (Romanian) "The pupils from Gura Vadului | 16 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  17. ^ (Romanian) "The visit of the pupils from Gura Vadului", Prince Radu's website, accessed on 18 April 2008
  18. ^ a b
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  • Mosley, Charles. Blood Royal – From the time of Alexander the Great to Queen Elizabeth II (Ruvigny Ltd, London, 2002) (ISBN 0-9524229-9-9) (page 288)

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Prince Nicholas of Romania (b. 1985)
Born: 1 April 1985
Romanian royalty
Preceded by
Princess Elena of Romania
Line of succession to the former Romanian throne according to the 2007 Statute
3rd position
Succeeded by
Elisabeta-Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills