New member of the Romanian Royal Family

On April 1, 2010, Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills, eldest grandson of former King Michael of Romania, was created His Royal Highness Prince Nicholas of Romania and is now officially a member of the Romanian Royal Family. Prior to his creation as a royal prince, he was regarded as a member of the Royal Household, but not a member of the Royal Family.

His grandfather, Michael, former king of Romania, amended the Fundamental Laws of the Royal House of Romania, which declared that upon Nicholas Medforth-Mills' 25th birthday or the death of King Michael- whichever happened first- he would be created a Romanian prince with the style of Royal Highness.

So with his 25th birthday on April 1, 2010, he has now become a Royal Highness and is 3rd in line to the headship of the Royal House of Romania, as well as 3rd in line to the defunct Romanian throne. His mother, Princess Elena of Romania, is 2nd in line to the headship of the Royal House, behind her sister, Princess Margarita, who does not have any children of her own.

King Michael was overthrown by a Communist coup in 1947. He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma the year after his abdication, with whom he has five daughters.

Prince Nicholas is the only son of King Michael and Queen Anne's second daughter, Princess Elena. She married Dr. Leslie Medforth-Mills, Nicholas' father, and they divorced in 1991. Dr. Medforth-Mills died in 2002, and Princess Elena has since remarried.

Nicholas Michael de Roumanie Medforth-Mills was born in 1985 near Geneva. He was brought up in Newcastle, England and attended Shiplake College. Since 2008, Prince Nicholas has become publicly active in Romania, which he first visited in 1992 when his grandfather was allowed to return to Romania for the first time since 1948.