*Titled according to private family rules
Princess Elena of Romania (born 15 November 1950) is the second daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania.
She is currently first in the line of succession to the former Romanian throne and headship of the House of Romania as her elder sister Crown Princess Margareta has no issue.
Elena was born in exile on 15 November 1950 at Clinique de Montchoisi in Lausanne, Switzerland as the second daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne.
She was baptised in the Orthodox faith; her godmothers were her paternal grandmother Helen, Queen Mother of Romania (who was also her namesake) and also Queen Mary of the United Kingdom.
Elena spent her childhood at her family homes in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in the United Kingdom at Ayot House, St Lawrence, Hertfordshire; During holidays she and her sisters spent time with their grandmother, Helen, Queen Mother in Florence, Italy at Villa Sparta and in Denmark with Princess Margaret and Prince René. She and her sisters were told "fascinating tales of a homeland they couldn't visit" by their father.