HRH Prince Paul of Romania

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HRH Prince Paul of Romania

1948 – Born in Paris, France, son of HRH Prince Carol Mircea of Romania and grandson of HM King Carol II of Romania.

1959/60 – Educated in France at the Jesuit School.

1965/68 – Educated in Gordounston School (Scotland) and Millfield College (Sommerset, UK).

1972/73 – Worked in Real Estate development in association with Marcus Brown, Jack Cotton and Partners (London).

1975 – Tourist development in partnership with “Frigate Island Associates” Seychelles Islans, Indian Ocean and Carlos Place, Mayfair, London.

1979/83 – Founded “Tiger Ltd” (London) and “Dolphin Inc.” (Washington D.C.) which specialized in the import of Indian decorative art. Entire villages near Jaipur were employed in the painting and production stage.

1979 – Spearheaded a successful expedition in the Andes (Peru) to save the wildlife. Worked together with famous conservationist and “Getty Prize winner”, Felipe Benavides. Our efforts paved the way for the preservation of the vicuna. Organized and mobilized the media lobbying effort in Peru for this conservationist campaign.

1984 – Honored by the historical “Royal Geographical Society” and was invested as a “Fellow  of the Society” for the efforts to preserve the Peruvian wildlife and the natural habitat of the jungle. Made studies of the desert region of Paracas and the adjacent seacoast. Lectured on his findings on the vicuna, condor and sea.

1986 – Guest of honor in USA for “Volunteers in America” Charity Auction. Was distinguished with the title of Honorary Citizen of New Orleans City.

1986/88 – Whilst in Madrid, wrote the biography of his grandfather, HM King Carol II of Romania, after having inherited the Royal Archives. This three-year endeavor incorporated His Majesty’s political and private letters and documents.

1988 – Launched the biography “The Life Of My Grandfather, King Carol II of Romania”, published by Methuen, at the Royal Geographical Society in London.  The volume was selected as a historian best seller.

1990 – Launched the French version of his biographical book – “Carol II, Roi de Roumanie”, at the Denoel Publishers in Paris.

1990, 10th January – During the final days of the Revolution, became the first member of the Royal Family to return to Romania. This was reported worldwide and made front page news in important publications like “The Daily Telegraph”.

1991, 15th of January – Won 1st Prize of the Contrepoint of French Literature for “Carol II, Roi de Roumanie ”.

1991 – Created the “HRH Prince Paul for Romania” foundation and permanently moved to Bucharest. The Foundation was named as one of the success stories of Eastern Europe with 6,5 million dollar’s worth of donations in medical equipment, a new cryostat diagnostic machine for Dr. Hociota Hospital (Bucharest), an Echocardiogram for the Municipal Hospital (Cluj-Napoca), a modern Danish central heating system for an old people’s home in suceava, donations to the churches, prizes for students throughout the country, restoration for schools and universities, etc.

1991 – Published the Romanian version of his best seller “Carol al II-lea, Regele Romaniei”, at Publisher Holding Reporter, in 30.000 copies. Reported as the first Royal book after the cold War. For several hours, buyers queued for autographed copies.

1991 – The Foundation also designed and struck several limited edition silver medals at the National Print.

~ 100 silver Medals of Honor celebrating the 100 years since the founding of the University Foundation, previously named “The Carol I University Foundation”.

~ 50 medals on the occasion of the Prince Paul’s Foundation restoration of the 3 tones Brancoveanu Cross, re-sculpted in stone, in front of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchy. 10.000 worshippers and numerous Ambassadors were in attendance at the unveiling and blessing by His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist.

~ 50 silver medals for the return of HM King Carol II of Romania’s body to his homeland at the royal Monastery of Curtea de Arges. A commemorative brochure was issued to mark the auspicious occasion.

~ 50 silver medals to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sir Hilary’s conquest of Everest. Prince Paul was named Patron of the Romanian Mountain Climbing Team. Medals were awarded to them in Katmandu in the presence of the King and Crown Prince of Nepal. Medals were also bestowed upon Sir Edmund and the Museum of the Royal Geographical society at a gala event held at the London headquarters.

~ 25 silver medals for the outstanding graduates were annually awarded at the Romanian Music Academy, with a prize of 500 dollars for each student.

1994 – Launched the political memoirs of his grandfather, King Carol II of Romania, at the Military Institute in Bucharest. The book refers to the exile period.

1996/97 – His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist bestowed upon Prince Paul the Silver and the Golden Medal of the Patriarchy.

1996, 15 September – Marries HRH Princess Lia of Romania. The ceremony took place at Casin Monastery near Bucharest (Romania). Over 300 people attended the event and the reception at the Intercontinental Hotel. Representants of the most important royal families and most of the members of the diplomatic corps attended the royal wedding.  It was the first royal wedding in Eastern Europe in the past 50 years.

1998, January – Bestowed the Diploma of Honor from the Association of War and Veterans (Romania).

1999 – Named an Ambassador for the Royal Music Academy in London, under the high Patronage of H.M. The Queen Elizabeth II. A protocol is signed by “HRH Prince Paul for Romania” Foundation to financially support Romanian students in the Royal Music Academy.

1999, 15 November – Bestowed the Diploma of Honor from the Association of War Veterans at the Ministry of Interior.

2001 – Awarded the “President’s Leadership Award” of the International rotary Club, by President Richard D. King (USA).

2003 – Named “Man of the Year” for the successful activity of “HRH Prince Paul for Romania” Foundation in San Francisco.

2006, 16 august – Organized the Royal funeral for his father, HRH Prince Carol Mircea of Romania at Cozia (Romania). Over 2.000 people attended the funeral at the monastery.

2007 – Received the St. Andrew of Dobrogea Cross from the Teodosie Archbishop of Tomis and Constanta. The distinction is a symbol for helping the church and preserving the Romanian orthodox values and traditions.

2007, 12-15 April – Speaker at the European Council of International Schools in Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Croatia. The presentation – “Looking Beyond the Horizon: Facing Tomorrow’s Global Issues Today” was very appreciated by all the participants.

2008, 28th of July – Special guest at Peru’s National Day at the Peruvian Embassy in Romania, he launched his book on “Mission to Save Peruvian wildlife. A Royal Quest for Conservation by HRH Prince Paul of Romania”. The event was organized by HE Ambassador Elard Escala.

2009 – Awarded The European Peace Prize in Italy. The award was previously bestowed upon Mihail Gorbaciov, former Russian President. This special prize was created by the famous sculptor Professor Vincenzo Bianchi and his cultural association “Il Labirinto del Museo” with the support of the Association of The Invalids and Wounded War Veterans, Italy.

2009, 19 January – He and his wife were the only European couple officially invited to the Presidential Inauguration Week of Barack Obama.

2010, 6 February – Bestowed The Award of Excellence for support to U.S.  Relations with Romania by the Military Liaison Office in Romania.

2010, 11 January – His first son, HRH Prince Carol Ferdinand of Romania, is born at the Queen Mary Hospital in Bucharest. It is the first royal birth in Eastern Europe in the past 90 years.

2010, 22 May – His son, Prince Carol Ferdinand of Romania is baptized at the Lady Balasa Church in Bucharest. His official godparents are HE President Traian Basescu and his wife, Maria Basescu.

2011 – Accepted to become the Patron of the Black Sea Council of the Navy League of the US.

2011, December – On his first official visit to China, Prince Paul is honored with the title of Friendship Ambassador. The ceremony was organized in Beijing in the presence of Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry representatives.

2011, December – TRH Prince and Princess Paul had an official brief meeting with President James Carter and his wife, Mrs. Rosalynn Smith, in Beijing.

 
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