Monday, January 4, 2010

Romania ratifies Carol's renunciation

January 4, 1926

The Deputies and Senators met this afternoon in the Chamber of Deputies in Bucharest to hear the "Prime Minister read the royal message to Parliament, " which announced three bills for consideration:
* The ratification of the acceptance of Prince Carol's renunciation to the throne
* The modification of the status of the royal family

* The institution of a regency.

The first bill "embodies" the renunciation act, which was dated at Milan on December 28. The former Crown Prince Carol "irrevocably renounces all rights to the titles and prerogatives conferred on him by the Constitution as a member of the royal family and as heir to the throne." Carol also renounces "his right of parental power, as well as legal usufruct of, his son Prince Michael's fortune." He also declares "for the general tranquility, that he will not return to Rumania for ten years," and only after that with the King's permission.

The New York Times reports that the status of the Royal Family, which was enacted in 1919 after Prince Carol's morganatic marriage, has now been modified. Carol's name "must be approved by the King."
The new bill also includes a provision "whereby all members of the dynasty on losing their quality through renunciation also lose their political rights and military rank."

The consequences of this provision mean that Carol's name will be removed from the army list. Members of the royal family who renounce their rights will also not be permitted to enter Roumania without the approval of the King or the "consent of the regency in the King's absence."

Divorce proceedings will be "subject to the King's approval." Royal marriages can be "dissolved" within two weeks. The King is "invested with the supreme right of the royal family."

Carol's former wife, Helen, will be known as Princess of Rumania and she will receive an annual allowance from the Crown Prince's civil list. Prince Carol will not lose his citizenship and his "private fortune will remain inviolable."

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