Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Carol's renunciation is ratified

January 4, 1926

Romanian Deputies and Senators met this "afternoon in the Chambers of Deputies," where, according to a special cable to the New York Times, the Prime Minister "read the royal message to Parliament announcing three bills for its consideration."

The three bills are: "the ratification of the acceptance of Prince Carol's renunciation," "the modification of the status of the royal family," and the third bill establishes a regency if Carol's son, Michael, succeeds to the throne before he reaches his majority.

The second bill also permits Carol to renounce "his right of parental power over, as well as legal usufruct of, his son Prince Michael's fortune."

Prince Carol also states in his renunciation that he will not return to Romania for a period of ten years, and "after that period only with the King's authority."

The royal family's status, "enacted in 1919 after Prince Carol's morganatic marriage, has been modified," as well.    A change of Prince Carol's name must be "approved by the King."

The new law will also stated that those members of the Romanian royal family who lose "their quality" will also lose "their political rights and military ranks."  Prince Carol's name will be removed from all the military lists. 

Divorce proceedings will be subject to the King's approval.  Royal marriages may be ended with two weeks.   The King is "invested with the supreme right of discipline and supervision of the royal family."

Carol's estranged wife will be known as Princess Helen of Romania, and she will receive an annual allowance from the Crown Prince's civil list. 

Prince Carol will not lose his citizenship or his private fortune as these are considered "inviolable."

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