Romanian royal family

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The Romanian royal family (Romanian: Familia regală a României) was the ruling dynasty of the Kingdom of Romania, a constitutional monarchy in Central-Eastern Europe. The kingdom existed from 1881, when Carol I of Romania was proclaimed king, until 1947, when the last king, Michael I of Romania, was forced to abdicate and the Parliament proclaimed Romania a republic. Soon after, upon the establishment of the constitution of 13 April 1948, Romania became a people's republic, a regime that lasted until 1989.

Current members of the former royal family include the daughters of the late, former King Michael of Romania. Some descendants have adopted the surname "of Romania". There are also descendants of Michael's older half-brother Carol Lambrino (also known as "Carol Hohenzollern" and "Carol Mircea Grigore of Romania" or, in Romanian, al României, on his amended, Romanian birth certificate[1]), whose legitimacy was disputed and who were not recognised as royal during the reigns of Ferdinand, Carol II and Michael.

King Michael publicly renounced for himself, the former queen, and their five daughters any claim to the titles of "Prince/Princess of Hohenzollern", styles which were in any case not recognised under German laws since 1919 but had been attributed, along with the Romanian royal titles, to members of the Romanian dynasty in such subsequently-published sources as the Almanach de Gotha and Burke's Guide to the Royal Family.[2]

Descendants of King Michael[edit]

  • Margareta of Romania (b. 1949, age 73)
    m. (1996) Radu Duda, assumed the title Prince Radu of Romania (b. 1960, age 62)
  • Princess Elena of Romania (b. 1950, age 71)
    div. (1983–1991) Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills (1942–2002, age 59)
    m. (1998) Alexander Philips Nixon (McAteer) (b. 1964, age 57)
    • Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. 1985, age 37)
      m. (2017) Alina Maria Binder (b. 1988, age 34)
      • Maria Alexandra de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. 2020, age 1)
      • Michael de Roumanie-Medforth-Mills (b. 2022, age 0)
    • Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. 1989, age 33)
  • Princess Irina of Romania (b. 1953, age 69)
    div. (1983–2003) John Kreuger (b. 1945, age 77)
    m. (2007) John Wesley Walker (b. 1945, age 76)
    • Michael Torsten de Roumanie Kreuger (b. 1985, age 37)
      m. (2011) Tara Marie Littlefield (b. 1982, age 40)
      • Kohen Kreuger (b. 2012, age 10)
    • Angelica Margareta Bianca de Roumanie Kreuger (b. 1986, age 35)
      m. (2009) Richard Robert Knight (b. 1984, age 37)
      • Courtney Bianca Knight (b. 2007, age 15)
      • Diana Knight (b. 2011, age 11)
  • Princess Sophie of Romania (b. 1957, age 64)
    div. (1998–2002) Alain Michel Léonce Biarneix (de Laufenborg) (b. 1957, age 65)
    • Elisabeta Maria Bianca Elena de Roumanie Biarneix (b. 1998, age 23)
  • Princess Maria of Romania (b. 1964, age 58)
    div. (1995–2003) Kazimierz Wiesław Mystkowski (b. 1958, age 63)

Daughters of Romania's kings, such as Margareta, Elena, Irina and Sophie, as well as their descendants, had no rights of succession to the Romanian throne during the monarchy's existence, in accordance with the Salic law enshrined in both the defunct royal Romanian Constitution of 1938 and the Statute of the Romanian royal house, dated 1884. On 30 December 2007 in a private ceremony,[3][4] King Michael issued a declaration in the form of a statute,[5] an act of symbolic significance in the absence of its approval by the Parliament,[6][7] promulgating new Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania.[8]

Michael decided to add his daughters and their children to the headship of the royal house, further explicitly banning any other foreigners belonging to any other royal or princely house from succeeding. On the same occasion he asked the Romanian Parliament to abolish the Salic law, should it consider restoring the monarchy.[9] By the same act, Michael designated his grandson Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills as a future member of the deposed royal family and future "Prince of Romania" with the style of "Royal Highness," effective either on his 25th birthday, 1 April 2010, or upon Michael's death, whichever might occur sooner. On 1 August 2015, however, King Michael issued a declaration retracting the style "Royal Highness" and "of Romania" previously conferred upon Nicholas, also excluding him from the line of succession to the headship of the dynasty, noting that his successors in that capacity should be persons of "principled modesty and morality."[10] Children and consorts of the members of the family who do not bear a royal title are not recognised as members of the former royal family, according to the new rules.

Line of succession[11][edit]

The titles of the members of the Royal House of Romania, as well as the order of succession are determined by the Organic Norms of the Royal House of Romania.

Thus, according to them, the current head of the Royal House of Romania is Margareta. The current consort of the head of the Royal House of Romania is Prince Radu.

The current heir presumptive to the head of the Royal House of Romania is Princess Elena.

The members of the Royal House of Romania are as follows: Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown; Prince Radu; Princess Elena; Princess Sophie.

The spouses and children of the princesses do not hold royal titles.

The order of succession to the head of the Royal House of Romania is based on the principle of primogeniture with male preference, the Organic Norms thus abrogating the willow principle of absolute male primogeniture, excluding women and their descendants. Basically, at present, this is the following:

  1. Princess Elena of Romania;
  2. Elisabeta Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills;
  3. Princess Sophie of Romania;
  4. Elisabeta Maria de Roumanie Biarneix;
  5. Princess Maria of Romania.

Changes to the Succession Line can be made by the decision of the Head of the Royal House of Romania.

Family of Carol Mircea Hohenzollern[edit]

  • Paul-Philippe of Romania (born 1948), son of Carol Mircea Lambrino
    wed Lia-Georgia Hohenzollern (née Triff) (born 1949), with issue:
    • Carol Ferdinand al României (born 2010)
  • Alexander Hohenzollern (born 1961), son of Carol Mircea Lambrino, unmarried.

Past members of the royal family[edit]

Family tree[edit]

Family tree
Flag of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Sigmaringen.png Schloss Sigmaringen Wappen.jpg
Karl Anton
b.1811 – d.1885
Karl Anton von Hohenzollern.jpg
Prince of


Prince of Hohenzollern
of Baden

b.1813 –
of Portugal

Antoniabraganca1845 1913.jpg
b.1845 – d.1913
b.1835 – d.1905
C. Sohn - Retrato da Rainha D. Estefânia.jpg
b.1837 – d.1859
Principality of Romania - 1872 CoA.svg Royal standard of Romania (King, 1881 model).svg Royal monogram of Carol I of Romania.svg
Carol I
b.1839 – d.1914
Carol I King of Romania.jpg
Domnitor of the
United Principalities

King of Romania
Elisabeth of Wied
b.1843 – d.1916
Queen Elizabeth of Romania.jpg
Queen consort
of Romania
b.1841 –
b.1843 –

b.1845 – d.1912
b.1864 – d.1927
Prince of
Kingdom of Romania - Big CoA.svg Royal standard of Romania (King, 1881 model).svg Royal monogram of Ferdinand I of Romania.svg
b.1865 – d.1927
King Ferdinand of Romania.jpg
King of Romania
Marie of Edinburgh
b.1875 – d.1938
Queen Mary of Romania 2.jpg
Queen consort
of Romania
Karl Anton
b.1868 – d.1919
Printesa Maria a Romaniei.jpg
b.1870 – d.1874
Zizi Lambrino
b.1898 – d.1953
Kingdom of Romania - Big CoA.svg Royal standard of Romania (King, 1922 model).svg
Carol II
b.1893 – d.1953
King Carol II of Romania.jpg
King of Romania
Royal standard of Romania (Queen Mother, 1941 model).svg
Helen of Greece
b.1896 – d.1982
Queen Helen of Romania.jpg
Queen Mother of Romania
Magda Lupescu
b.1895 – d.1977
b.1894 – d.1956
Elisabeta a Romaniei.jpg
Queen consort of Greece
b.1900 – d.1961
Kraljica marija.jpg
Queen consort
of Yugoslavia
b.1903 – d.1978
Member of the Regency
b.1909 – d.1991
Printesa Ileana de Romania.jpg
Archduchess Anton of Austria 1931–1954
Mrs Stefan Issarescu 1956–1965
Mother Alexandra 1967–1991
Princess Ileana and Prince Mircea.jpeg
b.1913 – d.1916
Carol Lambrino
b.1920 –
Kingdom of Romania - Big CoA.svg Royal standard of Romania (King, 1922 model).svg Royal Monogram of King Michael of Romania.svg
Michael I
b.1921 –

King of Romania
1927–1930; 1940–1947
Royal standard of Romania (Queen, 1922 model).svg
Anne of

b.1923 – d.2016
Royal Standard of the Crown Princess of Romania.svg Royal Monogram of Princess Margarita Of Romania.svg
b.1949Princess Margarita of Romania.JPG
Custodian of the Crown of Romania
Kohen b.2012Courtney b.2007Diana b. 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "General"[permanent dead link] Evenimentul Zilei
  2. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (editor). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, Burke's Peerage, London, 1973, p. 295-296. ISBN 0-220-66222-3
  3. ^ (in Romanian) "Princess Margarita, heiress to the throne of Romania," Evenimentul Zilei, December 30, 2007
  4. ^ (in Romanian) Communique, December 30, 2007 – The Press Bureau of His Majesty King Michael I, Elisabeta Palace, The Romanian Royal Family website as of December 30, 2007
  5. ^ (in Romanian) "A Dynastical Constitution," Archived 2008-01-10 at the Wayback Machine Romania libera, January 9, 2008
  6. ^ (in Romanian) "The King and Margarita – On The "Day of the Republic" The King Designated His Successor" Archived 2016-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Jurnalul National daily
  7. ^ (in Romanian) "The Actor Duda in The Role of A Lifetime: Prince Consort of Romania," Cotidianul, January 3, 2008
  8. ^ Fundamental Rules of the Royal Family of Romania Archived 2008-02-27 at the Wayback Machine, The Romanian royal family website, as retrieved on January 13, 2008
  9. ^ See "Line of succession to the Romanian throne"
  10. ^ The Telegraph. AP. "Romania prince stripped of title by former king for lacking 'modest moral principles'". 2 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2019-12-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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