Princess Sophie of Romania

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Princess Sophie
Princess Sophie of Romania
Born (1957-10-29) 29 October 1957 (age 61)
Tatoi Palace, Decelea, Greece
Alain Biarneix
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
IssueElisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix
HouseRomania (since 2011)
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (until 2011)
FatherMichael I of Romania
MotherPrincess Anne of Bourbon-Parma
ReligionRomanian Orthodox
Romanian royal family
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Romania (1881-1947)

  • HRH Prince Paul
    HRH Princess Lia‡
    • HRH Prince Carol Ferdinand‡
  • HRH Prince Alexander‡

*Titled according to private family rules

‡Status disputed

Princess Sophie of Romania (Romanian: Sofia; born 29 October 1957[1]) is the fourth daughter of King Michael I of Romania and Queen Anne.

Early life[edit]

Princess Sophie held by her father, King Michael I with two of her elder sisters, Princesses Elena (left) and Irina (right).

Princess Sophie was born at Tatoi Palace in Decelea, Kingdom of Greece. She was baptised in the Romanian Orthodox Church; her godmother and namesake was her father's first cousin Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, later Queen of Spain. She was educated in Switzerland where her family lived and in the United Kingdom.


Sophie studied at the University of North Carolina in Asheville, US, where she studied Fine Arts and Photography for a couple of years. Later she studied Graphic Design and Photography at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.


Princess Sophie has exhibited her photography for a number of years, and has held exhibitions in France and in Romania.[2] She took part in the Royal Bridges Art Exhibition in Dubai in 2016.[3]

Sophie's involvement in Romania changed significantly after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. She accompanied her older sister Margareta as the first members of the Royal Family to set foot on Romanian soil following the revolution in January 1990. The visit received widespread press coverage[4] and was the beginning of the return of King Michael's family to public life in Romania. During the initial visit, Sophie was horrified at some of the appalling living conditions she encountered[5] and became an active Vice-President of the newly formed Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, involved in both fund raising and the distribution of aid. Sophie and Margareta both moved to their parents's house in Switzerland to help co-ordinate the huge increase in activity in King Michael's office in the months that followed the Revolution. In 1995 Sophie published a collection of children's stories to benefit the Foundation.

After some years of being less frequently in Romania, Sophie has been present in Romania more often in recent years attending the 25th Anniversary of the return of the Royal Family in 2015, the 150th Anniversary of the Royal House[6] in 2016 and the annual reception for the Diplomatic Corps given by Crown Princess Margareta on 29 November 2017.[7] The same day Princess Sophie was invested with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown in a ceremony conducted by Crown Princess Margareta at the Elisabeta Palace.

She was present at the Lying in State of King Michael I in December 2017 and Queen Anne in August 2016 (held firstly at Peles Castle, and then in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in both cases), at their public funerals in Bucharest and at their burials in Curtea de Argeș.


Princess Sophie has a daughter from her former marriage to Alain Michel Léonce Biarneix de Laufenborg (b. Nancy, France on 10 July 1957). They married on 29 August 1998 in a civil ceremony in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Later they divorced in 2002.

Titles, styles, honours and awards[edit]

Styles of
Princess Sophie of Romania
Kingdom of Romania - Big CoA.svg
Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 29 October 1957 – 1998: Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • 1998 – 2002: Her Highness Princess Sophie, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen[9]
  • 2002 – 10 May 2011: Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • 10 May 2011 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie of Romania

Dynastic honours[edit]




  1. ^ "ASR Principesa Sofia". Familia Regala (in Romanian). Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Bienvenue – Sophie de Roumanie Photographie". Sophie de Roumanie Photographie (in French). Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ "HRH Princess Sophie of Romania – Sophie de Roumanie -". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  4. ^ Pictures and articles on Princess Margareta and Princess Sophie's visit were published on the front pages of newspapers Adevarul (19th and 20 January 1990), Tineretul Liber (19 January 1990) and Romania Libera (21 January 1990).
  5. ^ "Romania's Exiled King Longs to Take His Family Home—after 42 Years—and Reclaim His Throne". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Sărbătoarea de 10 Mai la Castelul Peleș | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Seara regală în onoarea Corpului Diplomatic 2017 | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  8. ^ "ASR Principesa Sofia". Familia Regala (in Romanian). Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  9. ^ Libertatea
  10. ^ Familia Regala
  11. ^ Romania Regala
  12. ^ Cristoiublog
  13. ^ Romania Regala
  14. ^ Blogspot
  15. ^ Sophie of Romania

External links[edit]

Princess Sophie of Romania
Born: 29 October 1957
Romanian royalty
Preceded by
Elisabeta-Karina De Roumanie-Medforth-Mills
Line of succession to the former Romanian throne
According to King Michael's 2007 and 2015 statutes
4th position
Succeeded by
Elisabeta-Maria De Roumanie-Biarneix