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Princess Elena of Romania

Princess Elena
Spouse Dr. Robin Medforth-Mills (1983–1991)
Alexander Philips Nixon McAteer (1998–present)
Issue Prince Nicholas of Romania
Karina Medforth-Mills
House House of Romania
Father Michael of Romania
Mother Anne of Bourbon-Parma
Born (1950-11-15) 15 November 1950
Lausanne, Switzerland
Religion Romanian Orthodox
Romanian Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

* titled accordingly in private family rules

Princess Elena of Romania, former[1][2] Princess of Hohenzollern (born 15 November 1950) is the 2nd daughter of King Michael I of Romania and Anne, Queen consort of Romania; she is second in line to the Romanian throne after her elder sister Princess Margareta, who has no issue.


Elena was born in Lausanne, Switzerland at her parents home, she was named after her paternal grandmother Helen of Greece and Denmark. Since her birth she has always been second in the line of succession to the leadership of the Romanian Royal Family, followed by her 2 children, sisters and their children and grandchildren. As a descendant of Queen Victoria, she and her children are in the line of succession to the British Throne.


Throughout her life Elena has lived in many countries, such as: Switzerland, Italy, Greece, England, Denmark and finally in Romania in 1990; Elena currently spends time in Romania living at her family estates Elisabeta Palace, Săvârșin Castle and Peles Castle; in England she spends her time at her estate in Easington, County Durham with her husband Alexander and children HRH Prince Nicholas and Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills. Elena also spends time in her London apartment. Since being allowed back into Romania, Elena has taken an active part in many of the Royal Family's state occasions and investitures carried out by her father and elder sister which sometimes she carries out and will one day head.

First marriage

On 20 July 1983, she married Dr. Leslie Robin Medforth-Mills (1942–2002) in a civil ceremony at Durham and later in a Greek Orthodox church in Lausanne on 24 September of that year, attended by the Romanian royal family, Robin's family and close friends, Robin was given the style His Excellency Robin Medforth-Mills.

The couple had two children:

They were divorced on 28 November 1991,[3] due to the divorce the style granted to him by H.M King Michael was excluded.

Second marriage

Elena was remarried on 14 August 1998 at Peterlee to Alexander Philips Nixon McAteer (1964), The marriage was simple and was attended by the Romanian royal family, the McAteer family, and close friends. The groom was given the style His Excellency Alexander McAteer.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Princess Elena of Romania
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 15 November 1950 – 30 December 2007: Her Royal Highness Princess Elena of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern
  • 30 December 2007 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Elena of Romania
National dynastic honours
Foreign honours
  • [6]

See also



  1. ^ (Romanian) King Michael I announces the severance of all historical and dynastic ties to the House of Hohenzollern, Adevarul, 11 May 2011
  2. ^ (Romanian) The history of the conflicts between the Royal House of Romania and the Princely House of Hohenzollern, Adevarul, 11 May 2011
  3. ^ Blood Royal – From the time of Alexander the Great to Queen Elizabeth II, by Charles Mosley, published for Ruvigny Ltd, London, 2002 (page 288) (ISBN 0-9524229-9-9)
  4. ^ Ordine si medalii
  5. ^ Romania Regala
  6. ^

External links

  • The official website of The Romanian Royal Family
Princess Elena of Romania
Born: 15 November 1950
Romanian royalty
Preceded by
Princess Margareta of Romania
Line of succession to the former Romanian throne according to the 2007 Statute
2nd position
Succeeded by
Prince Nicholas of Romania
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