|@ Nicholas de Roumanie Medforth-Mills|
Nicholas popped the question in Cornwall on July 29. The official announcement was made earlier today. I chatted with Nicholas earlier today - and, suffice to say, he is over the moon.
Nicholas first met Alina in 2014. Their first public appearance took place last year when they were guests at the baptism and reception that followed for Prince Joseph of Orléans, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Vendome. The baptism took place in Dreux.
The official release from the Duke of Vendome's office stated that Nicholas was accompanied by his girlfriend. Nicholas, however, was not ready to tell the world about his growing love for Alina-Maria.
Miss Binder was born on January 26, 1988 in Constanta, Romania. She is the daughter of Heinz Binder and Rodica Iancu.
Miss Binder met then Prince Nicholas of Romania in 2015 after she had made a donation to Curtea Veche Association, which was sponsoring a charity Triathlon ((raising money for literacy). Nicholas took part in this Triathlon.
It was in August 2015 that Nicholas' grandfather, King Michael stripped his grandson of his royal title and his right of succession.
She studied at the the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, which a degree in communications. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she returned to Bucharest where she studied economics and international affairs at the Academy of Economic Studies and at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA). Both are in Bucharest. Miss Binder received a master's degree from the latter institution.
King Michael and Crown Princess Margarita have sent their congratulations to Nicholas and Alina-Maria.
The King wishes his grandson "happiness and peace" and the power to "make the right decisions." However, the King reiterated that his decision to remove Nicholas' title, the style of Royal Highness and his removal from the succession" will remain unchanged.
The couple became engaged on the second anniversary of their first meeting. The wedding will take place in summer of 2018.
Thank you, Nicholas, for allowing me to use several of the engagement photos.