Princess Marie of Romania

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Princess Maria
PrincipesaMariaARomaniei.jpg
Born (1964-07-13) 13 July 1964 (age 54)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Spouse
Kazimierz Wiesław Mystkowski
(m. 1995; div. 2003)
House Romania (since 2011)
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (until 2011)
Father Michael I of Romania
Mother Anne of Bourbon-Parma
Religion Romanian 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 Maria of Romania, formerly Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (born 13 July 1964[1]) is the fifth and youngest daughter of King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania.

Since 2015[2] she has lived in Romania and carried out a public role on behalf of the Romanian royal family.

Early life

Princess Marie (Romanian: Maria) was born in exile on 13 July 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark as the youngest of five daughters of King Michael I and Queen Anne. Maria was born while her father was in the United States on business for the New York Stock Exchange. King Michael was informed by telephone that he'd become father for the fifth time.

Maria was baptised in the Orthodox faith, with her eldest sister, Princess Margareta, as godmother. Queen Marie, her paternal great-grandmother, was her namesake.[3]

As a young girl, Maria and her sisters were told "fascinating tales of a homeland they couldn't visit" by their father.[4]

Maria was educated in Switzerland where the family lived during exile, and spent most her early adult life living and working in the USA[5], including New York and New Mexico.

Careers

Her teenage years were spent in Switzerland with her family, where she received her primary and secondary education. Maria later moved to the United States to pursue her studies in childcare.[6] After completing her studies, Maria worked briefly in the childcare field.

After her brief career in childcare, Maria pursued a career in New York, doing public relations for private companies.[7] During the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Maria, along with the rest of the royal family, worked to help the victims of those affected. In New York, Maria helped console the many U.S relatives of those killed in the uprising.[4] When the situation in Romania eventually calmed down she left her public relations career and moved to New Mexico where she worked in private consulting until she moved to Romania in 2015.[8]

Activities in Romania

Princess Maria visited Romania with her parents and other members of the family in 1997, and from this point onwards began visiting the country regularly for Christmas or family events such as her parents' 60th Wedding Anniversary and King Michael's 90th Birthday celebrations.[9]

On 7 May 2014 Princess Maria was invested with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown in a ceremony conducted by Crown Princess Margareta at the Elisabeta Palace[10] to mark Marie's upcoming 50th birthday. This was followed by a dinner at the Palace attended by the Prime Minister of Romania (Victor Ponta) and other guests.

On 21 April 2015 it was announced by the Romanian cosmetic company Farmec that Maria is an official ambassador of the company, where she will participate in projects to promote products created in the research lab of the company, as well as social responsibility activities undertaken by Farmec.[11]

In January 2015 it was announced that Princess Maria would move to Romania permanently to take on activities in support of the royal family,[12][13] and she was present in the public commemorations in Bucharest of 25 years since the royal family's return later the same month. Maria has represented the royal family at events across the country, acted in support of Margareta, Custodian of the Crown and taken on a number of patronages[14] including Concordia Humanitarian Organisation.[15]

During her father's illnesses, Maria and her elder sisters took turns to be with him at his home in Switzerland and it was during Maria's stay where King Michael had passed away.[16]

Marriage and divorce

Marriage

On 16 September 1995, Maria married Kazimierz Wiesław Mystkowski (b. 13 September 1958 in Łaś-Toczyłowo), a Polish nobleman from the Mystkowski family and a computer engineer.[17] Raised in a Catholic family, he is the son of Eugeniusz Mystkowski and his wife, Janina Wadelowska. The wedding celebration was held at the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York, and was attended by the Romanian royal family, the parents of Kazimierz, the newly married Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Greece.[18][19] King Michael I served as koumbaros to the couple.[20]

As Kazimierz was Roman Catholic, Maria lost her place in line of Succession to the British throne under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, however she was reinstated to the line of succession on 26 March 2015 with the coming into force of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.

Divorce

In 2003 the couple subsequent divorced without producing any children.[21]

Patronages

  • Congress of the Romanian Society of Rhinology.
  • Concordia Humanitarian Organization.
  • National Recycling Patrol Program, developed by the Romanian Recycling Association RoRec.
  • The International Chinological Exhibition in Alba Iulia.
  • Annual Equestrian Event organized by the Equestria Club.
  • The Caolin Contemporary International Ceramic Festival.
  • The Badminton Romanian Federation.
  • The 42nd Conventus Latin ENT.
  • The National Agency for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men.[22]

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Princess Maria of Romania
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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness

Titles and styles

  • 13 July 1964 – 10 May 2011: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.
  • 10 May 2011 – Present: Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania.

Dynastic honours

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "Biography of Princess Marie". Familia Regala (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Principesa Maria se mută definitiv în România". Casa Regală a României (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Principesa Maria, mezina Regelui Mihai, se mută definitiv în România - Flux24.ro". Flux24.ro. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Romania's Exiled King Longs to Take His Family Home—after 42 Years—and Reclaim His Throne". People.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  5. ^ LLC, New York Media (21 July 1997). New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. 
  6. ^ "Princess Maria, decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Romania". Agerpres.ro. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Principesa Maria se mută definitiv în România". Casa-regala.blogspot.ro. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "ASR Principesa Maria". Familia Regala. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "În anul 2011 | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Romaniaregala.ro. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Imagini de la seara Palatului Elisabeta, 7 mai 2014 | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Romaniaregala.ro. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Comunicate de presă". Farmec.ro. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Princess Marie to live in Romania". royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "Principesa Maria se mută definitiv în România". Casa Regală a României. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "ASR Principesa Maria". Familia Regala (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Organizația Umanitară CONCORDIA: Copiii din CONCORDIA au oferit un mărțișor Alteței Sale Regale Principesa Maria a României". Concordia.org.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "His Majesty King Michael of Romania has died | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Romaniaregala.ro. The Royal House of Romania refers to the Princess as Marie in English and Maria in Romanian. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Her Royal Highness Princess Marie 
  17. ^ Niewalda, Marcin. "Mystkowski - Genealogia rodziny, herbarz, rodowód..." Genealogia.okiem.pl. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Mariées du Gotha : Marie de Roumanie – Noblesse & Royautés". Noblesse & Royautés (in French). 25 November 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). Raywoodmore.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG). I.imgur.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  21. ^ "King Michael's Younger Daughters: Elena, Irina, Sofia & Maria - The Royal Forums". Theroyalforums.com. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  22. ^ Anes.gov.ro
  23. ^ "Images from the Elisabeta Palace, 7th May 2014 | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Romaniaregala.ro. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Foto Cristian Coposesc 10Mai2016 Castelul Peles Sarbatoarea de 150 de ani | Familia Regală a României / Royal Family of Romania". Romaniaregala.ro. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Cristoiublog" (JPG). Cristoiublog.ro. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 

External links

  • Official website of the Romanian royal family
  • Official blog of the Romanian royal family
Princess Marie of Romania
Born: 13 July 1964
Romanian royalty
Preceded by
Elisabeta-Maria De Roumanie-Biarneix
— TITULAR —
Line of succession to the former Romanian throne
According to King Michael's 2007 and 2015 statutes
6th position
Succeeded by
Last in line
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