Princess Elena of Romania

Princess Elena
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Elena at King Michael I and Queen Anne's Diamond Wedding Anniversary gathering held at Elisabeta Palace
Born (1950-11-15) 15 November 1950 (age 68)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Spouse
Robin Medforth-Mills
(m. 1983; div. 1991)

Alexander Nixon ( McAteer)
(m. 1998)
IssueNicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills
Elizabeth de Roumanie Medforth-Mills
HouseRomania (since 2011)
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (until 2011)
FatherMichael I of Romania
MotherAnne 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 Elena of Romania (born 15 November 1950[1]) 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[2] as her elder sister Crown Princess Margareta has no issue.[3]

Early life

Princess Elena (left) with her two younger siblings, Princesses Irina (right) and Sophie held by their father

Birth

Elena was born in exile on 15 November 1950 at Clinique de Montchoisi in Lausanne, Switzerland[4][5] as the second daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne.

She was baptised in the Orthodox faith;[1] her godmothers were her paternal grandmother Helen, Queen Mother of Romania (who was also her namesake) and also Queen Mary of the United Kingdom.[6][7]

Childhood

Elena spent her childhood at her family homes in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in the United Kingdom at Ayot House, St Lawrence, Hertfordshire;[8] 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.[9] She and her sisters were told "fascinating tales of a homeland they couldn't visit" by their father.[10]