Monday, April 1, 2019

Nicholas of Romania Turns 34

Today Nicholas of Romania celebrates his thirty-fourth birthday!

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Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills was born on 1 April 1985 at Meyrin, Switzerland, as the eldest child and only son of Princess Helen of Romania (b.1950) and Dr Robin Medforth-Mills (1942-2002), who had married in 1983. Nicholas was baptised into the Romanian Orthodox faith: his godparents were his maternal grandmother, Queen Anne of Romania (née Bourbon-Parma; 1923-2016), and his maternal aunt, Princess Margarita of Romania (b.1949). Nicholas was joined by a younger sister, Karina, who was born in 1989. Princess Helen and Dr Medforth-Mills were divorced in 1991. 

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On 30 December 2007, King Michael of Romania announced that his grandson Nicholas would receive the title "Prince of Romania" with the style of "Royal Highness," which came into effect upon Nicholas' 25th birthday. On 1 April 2010, he became a member of the Romanian royal family. 

Nicholas was civilly married on 6 October 2017 at Henley-on-Thames to Alina-Maria Binder. The couple celebrated their religious wedding on 30 September 2018 at the Saint Elijah Church in Sinaia. Their union marked the first wedding of a member of the Romanian royal family to occur in the country since the 1931 nuptials of Princess Ileana of Romania and Archduke Anton of Austria. 

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Today, Nicholas and Alina of Romania reside in Bucharest.

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