Carol I of Romania

King of Romania from 1881 to 1914

Carol I of Romania,[1] original name Prince Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, later simply of Hohenzollern (20 April 1839 - 10 October [O.S. 27 September] 1914), German prince, was elected Domnitor (Prince) of Romania on 20 April 1866, following the overthrow of Alexandru Ioan Cuza.[2] He reigned in 1881 in the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878 . He died in October 1914 during World War 1 just after Austria-Hungary and Germany declared war on Serbia , Russia and France in August 1914

Carol I
Carol I of Romania
King of the Romanians
Reign15 Mar 1881 – 10 Oct 1914
Coronation10 May 1881
PredecessorHimself as Prince
SuccessorFerdinand I
Prince of Romania
Reign20 April 1866 – 15 Mar 1881
PredecessorAlexandru Ioan Cuza
SuccessorHimself as King
Born(1839-04-20)20 April 1839
Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Germany
Died10 October 1914(1914-10-10) (aged 75)
Sinaia, Romania
SpouseElisabeth of Wied
IssueMaria of Romania
Full name
Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig
FatherKarl Anton
MotherJosephine of Baden
ReligionRoman Catholic




  1. Larousse, Éditions. " : encyclopédie et dictionnaires gratuits en ligne".
  2. Stoica, Vasile (1919). The Roumanian Question: The Roumanians and their Lands. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Printing Company. p. 70.

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Carol I of Romania
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 20 April 1839 Died: 10 October 1914
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Himself as Prince
King of the Romanians
15 March 1881 – 10 October 1914
Succeeded by
Ferdinand I
Preceded by
Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Prince of Romania
20 April 1866 – 15 March 1881
Succeeded by
Himself as King