Irina Walker

Irina Walker
Irina, Principesa â Romaniei Oregon.jpeg
Walker in September 2014
Born (1953-02-28) 28 February 1953 (age 65)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Spouse
John Kreuger
(m. 1983; div. 2003)

John Wesley Walker
(m. 2007)
IssueMichael Kreuger
Angelica Kreuger
HouseRomania (from 2011)
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (until 2011)
FatherMichael I of Romania
MotherAnne of Bourbon-Parma
ReligionRomanian Orthodox

Irina Walker (born Princess Irina of Romania on 28 February 1953) is the third daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania.

She was stripped of her title, styles and rights to the throne following involvement with illegal cockfighting and arrest at Irrigon, Oregon in 2013.[1][2][3]

Early life

Irina (right) beside her elder sister Princess Elena (left) and younger sister Princess Sophie, held by their father King Michael I.

Irina was born in exile on 28 February 1953 at a birth clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland, the third daughter and child of King Michael I and Queen Anne.[4][5]

Walker spent her childhood at her family homes in Lausanne, Switzerland and in the United Kingdom at Ayot House, St Lawrence, Hertfordshire;[6] During holidays she and her sisters spent time with their grandparents, Helen, Queen Mother in Florence, Italy at Villa Sparta and in Denmark with Princess Margaret and Prince René.[7] She and her sisters were told "fascinating tales of a homeland they couldn't visit" by their father.[8]

Her teenage years were spent in Europe with her family, where she and her sisters received primary and secondary education.[9]

In her mid-twenties, as her two elder and two younger sisters went away to work and study, Irina stayed with her parents at their family home in Switzerland[8] and later moved to the United States to work.[9]