Nicholas Medforth-Mills

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This article is about the grandson of King Michael I. For the uncle of King Michael I, see Prince Nicholas of Romania.
Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills
PrincipesaHelenaSiPrincipeleNicolae.jpg
Nicholas (left) with his mother (centre)
Born (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 31)
Meyrin, Switzerland
Religion Romanian Orthodox
Parent(s) Robin Medforth-Mills
Princess Elena of Romania

Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills, (born 1 April 1985), is the eldest child and only son of Princess Elena of Romania and Robin Medforth-Mills. As a grandson of the former king of Romania, Michael I, he was third in line to the defunct throne of Romania according to a new family statute enacted in 2007, that also conferred the title of a "Prince of Romania" on him[1] which was abrogated in 2015. The Statute, and the titles it confers, have no standing in present Romanian law.

Early life[edit]

Birth[edit]

Nicholas was born on 1 April 1985, in Meyrin, a commuter town near Geneva, Switzerland; The first child and son of Princess Elena of Romania and her first husband Robin Medforth-Mills and also the second grandchild of King Michael I of Romania and his wife Queen Anne. He was baptised in the Orthodox faith, his godparents being: Queen Anne (his maternal grandmother) and Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (his maternal aunt).[2]

He was followed by a sister, Elisabeta-Karina (born 1989).

Childhood[edit]

Until the age of 4, Nicholas with his sister and parents lived at the Romanian royal family's residence in Versoix, Switzerland.[3] The family moved to England in 1989 where they took up residence at Flass Hall, Esh Winning in County Durham.[4]

At age 5 he joined the Beaver Scouts.[5]

During his childhood, he developed an interest in cars, an interest shared with King Michael I; Nicholas has had the opportunity to drive more than 100 cars, not to mention planes and boats. During holidays in Versoix, Switzerland with his maternal grandparents, Nicholas spent hours in his grandfather's garage, watching him maintaining his jeep collection.[6] In an interview with historian Filip-Lucian Iorga, Nicholas recalled the time spent with King Michael, and how he had been allowed him to drive one of his cars, a Ford which once belonged to General George S. Patton; the vehicle was given to his grandfather by Queen Anne's paternal uncle Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma as a gift. He also recalled spending time with Queen Anne, at Versoix where they used to fish and play golf together.[7]

As well as his maternal cousins, Nicholas was explained about his family's lineage, who they were and what duty they had towards Romania.[8]

As a descendant of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and King Christian IX of Denmark he regularly met with many of his extended relatives.[9]

Education[edit]

He attended Argyle House School, Sunderland, England which he left in 1999 with 8 GCSE's of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), French, German, Information Technology and also Geography.[10]

In 1999, he enrolled with Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames, England where he left with 3 A-level's of French, Business Sciences and Physical Education.[10] During this time he also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.[11]

Before enrolling for university he took a 5-year "Gap year", where:[10]

  • In 2004, before enrolling for university, Nicholas was assistant leader of an expedition to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
  • In 2005, he lived in Kenya for four months and joined an expedition to Madagascar.
  • In 2006, he was employed in Kenya as a rafting trainer for the British Armies.

As his passions included traveling and sports, he shortly worked for World Challenge Expeditions.[12]

From 2009 to 2012, Nicholas attended a Management course at the Royal Holloway, University of London.[10]

Romania[edit]

Nicholas' first major appearance in Romania was on 19 April 1992 on Easter Day along with his grandparents King Michael I and Queen Anne and also with his mother and her second husband Alexander Nixon where they were met by hundreds of thousands of supporters; he and his mother waved the royal flag from a balcony in Revolution Square.[13][14][15]

He came again for the second time on Christmas Day 1997 when the entire royal family set foot in Romania for the first time after nearly 5 decades of exile.[16]

In 2002 Nicholas visited Romania for the third time; he stayed at Elisabeta Palace. During this visit he started to consider his role as a member of the royal family, which step-by-step required a fundamental transformation in him.[8]

Prince of Romania[edit]

In 1997, Romanian monarchists intended to ask Michael to designate a male heir-presumptive from the House of Hohenzollern, in keeping with the rules of the last royal constitution which were based on agnatic primogeniture and "Salic law"; The monarchists eventually agreed on a compromise and requested him to designate a male rather than female heir-presumptive, in the person of Nicholas. However, under the influence of Queen Anne, Michael rejected the monarchists' request and at the end of 1997, he designated Princess Margareta, as heir presumptive in keeping with the European Convention on Human Rights,[17] which meant Nicholas would only succeed to the headship of the royal family after the deaths of King Michael, Crown Princess Margareta and his mother.

In 2005, Michael told Nicholas that should he want, he could choose to have the chance of becoming a "Prince of Romania" which would mean assuming responsibility in a conscious manner by starting to work for the country. Gradually after many talks and deep consideration Nicholas decided that he would devote his life to Romania.[18]

On 30 December 2007 the press office of King Michael announced that Nicholas would receive the title "Prince of Romania" with the style of "Royal Highness", coming into effect on Nicholas's 25th birthday. On 1 April 2010,[1] by virtue of his new title, he became a member of the Romanian royal family[19] and was also decorated with the Nihil Sine Deo, the highest of royal decorations at the time.

In February 2008, Nicholas stated in an interview with the Romanian daily newspaper Cotidianul that if the Romanian people asked him to become king, he would not refuse.[20]

In September 2012, after his gap year and university studies, he moved to Romania to undertake more of the royal family's public activities.[12]

Princely title taken away[edit]

On 1 August 2015, former King Michael of Romania signed a document removing the title Prince of Romania and the qualification of Royal Highness from his grandson, Nicholas. Nicholas has also been removed from the line of succession. The former king took the decision that the royal family on the consideration that Romania needed a ruling marked by modesty and moral principles, respect and always thinking of others after the "reign and life" of his eldest daughter, Crown Princess Margarita. The former king hopes that "Nicholas will find in future years a suitable way to serve the ideals and use the qualities that God gave him". Nicholas's mother, Princess Elena, received notification of the former king's decision in a personal letter.[21]

The move "has stunned Romanians" and "sparked speculation that a jealous relative had sought to edge Nicholas out of the succession."[22]

Activity[edit]

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 theatre gala[23] and in visits throughout the country with his Aunt, Crown Princess Margareta and his maternal uncle, Radu Duda.[24][25][26][27][28][29]

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania, Romanian royal family website as retrieved on 10 February 2015
  2. ^ Gandul
  3. ^ The Road Home: Filip-Lucian Iorga In dialogue with Prince Nicholas of Romania, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-794-7: page 1
  4. ^ Mail Diary by Nigel Dempster, in the Daily Mail, Monday 14 October 1991
  5. ^ The Road Home: Filip-Lucian Iorga In dialogue with Prince Nicholas of Romania, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-794-7: page 46
  6. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.35–36
  7. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.37
  8. ^ a b The Road Home: Filip-Lucian Iorga In dialogue with Prince Nicholas of Romania, [The Road Home: Filip-Lucian Iorga In dialogue with Prince Nicholas of Romania, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-794-7 – page 2]
  9. ^ Iorga,Filip-Lucian, Drumul spre casa, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-675-9, pp.99
  10. ^ a b c d AGERPRES, information about his schooling
  11. ^ http://www.intaward.org/news/award-romania-named-best-youth-programme
  12. ^ a b RoyalMusingsBlogspot, info
  13. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/ora-regelui-lxxxix/
  14. ^ https://royalromania.wordpress.com/tag/principesa-elena/
  15. ^ http://www.tkinter.smig.net/queenmarie/NewRules/index.htm
  16. ^ http://www.familiaregala.ro/familia-regala/prezentare/asr-principesa-maria
  17. ^ (Romanian) "EXCLUSIVE. How the Monarchy pulled the rug from under its own feet," Evenimentul zilei, October 24, 2015
  18. ^ The Road Home: Filip-Lucian Iorga In dialogue with Prince Nicholas of Romania, Curtea Veche Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-606-588-794-7 – page 3
  19. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/principele-nicolae/
  20. ^ (Romanian) Prince Nicholas: "I am ready to be the King of Romania", Cotidianul, 28 February 2008
  21. ^ (Romanian) Comunicatul Biroului de Presă al Majestății Sale, 10 august 2015
  22. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/romania/11796744/Romania-prince-stripped-of-title-by-former-king-for-lacking-modest-moral-principles.html
  23. ^ (Romanian) "Prince Georg | 15 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  24. ^ (Romanian) "Salonta and Beius | 17 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  25. ^ (Romanian) "Oradea and Marghita | 18 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 19 April 2008
  26. ^ (Romanian) "Carei and Satu Mare | 19 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 19 April 2008
  27. ^ (Romanian) "Prince Radu in Bihor county", Prince Radu's website, accessed on 18 April 2008
  28. ^ (Romanian) "The pupils from Gura Vadului | 16 – 04 – 2008", Prince Radu's blog, accessed on 18 April 2008
  29. ^ (Romanian) "The visit of the pupils from Gura Vadului", Prince Radu's website, accessed on 18 April 2008
  30. ^ http://www.familiaregala.ro/ordine-si-decoratii/ordinului-coroana-romaniei
  31. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/fotografii-de-la-receptia-si-dineul-de-la-castelul-peles-26-martie-2014/attachment/dsc_0439-2/
  32. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/ora-regelui-lxii/attachment/dsc_3037/
  33. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/principesa-maria-si-principele-nicolae-noaptea-invierii-la-sinaia-si-cluj-napoca/
  34. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/imagini-de-la-castelul-peles-24-si-25-martie-2015/attachment/_dsc7964/
  35. ^ http://www.familiaregala.ro/ordine-si-decoratii/nihil-sine-deo
  36. ^ http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CJshjmJiRck/UGIillSAl0I/AAAAAAAAF_A/5eQ3hMwv3UQ/s1600/Prince-Nicolae_King-Michael-e1348584399524.jpg
  37. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/fotografii-de-la-receptia-si-dineul-de-la-castelul-peles-26-martie-2014/attachment/dsc_0506-2/
  38. ^ http://www.romaniaregala.ro/jurnal/inalti-reprezentanti-de-la-city-of-london-invitati-la-palatul-elisabeta/

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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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