Elisabeth, Queen of Romania

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Elisabeth, Queen of Romania Gender: F
Pauline Elisabeth Ottilie Luise
born on 29 December 1843 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Neuwied, Germany, 50n25, 7e27
Timezone LMT m7e27 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 07°10' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 16°34 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 16°28'

Queen of Romania Elisabeth


German princess who became the Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I. She was widely known by her literary name of Carmen Sylva. She wrote in German, Romanian, French and English. Her voluminous writings included poems, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and collections of aphorisms. Translations from the original works of "Carmen Sylva" have appeared in all the principal languages of Europe.

Born at Schloss Monrepos in Neuwied, she was the daughter of Hermann, Prince of Wied, and his wife Princess Marie of Nassau. She had two brothers, Wilhelm, Prince of Wied (22 August 1845 – 22 October 1907) who married Princess Marie of the Netherlands, and had issue; and Prince Otto of Wied (22 November 1850 – 18 February 1862).

Elisabeth first met Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen in Berlin in 1861. In 1869, Karl, who was now Prince Carol of Romania, traveled to Germany in search of a suitable consort. He was reunited with Elisabeth, and the two were married on 15 November 1869 in Neuwied. Their only child, a daughter, Maria, died in 1874 at age three — an event from which Elisabeth never recovered. She was crowned Queen of Romania in 1881 after Romania was proclaimed a kingdom.

In the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878, also known as the Romanian War of Independence, she devoted herself to the care of the wounded, and founded the Decoration of the Cross of Queen Elisabeth to reward distinguished service in such work. She fostered the higher education of women in Romania, and established societies for various charitable objects. She founded the National Society for the Blind and was the first royal patron of the Romanian Red Cross.

In 1881, due to the lack of heirs to the Romanian throne, King Carol I adopted his nephew, Ferdinand, who eventually married Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Marie of Edinburgh.

Carol I died on 10 October 1914. Elisabeth died on 2 March 1916 at age 72 in Curtea de Argeş (Bucharest).

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 15 November 1869 (Carol I of Romania)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 8 September 1870 (Birth of daughter, Princess Maria of Romania)
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  • Death of Child 9 April 1874 (Princess Maria of Romania)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from The Life of Carmen Sylva (Queen of Roumania) by Natalie Stackelberg (Library of Alexandria, 1890): "On Friday, the 9th of December 1843, as the bells of Neuwied were, according to an ancient custom, ringing for prayer at twelve o'clock, whilst the chimes of the neighbouring villages joined in, the first child—a daughter —was born to the princely pair." Same text given in London Society (Volume 72, 1897, Page 64).

The date is a misprint. The 9th was a Saturday but the 29th was a Friday.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Only child died at age 3)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels, short stories)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Essays)
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, by marriage)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Wied-Neuwied, by birth)