- Prince Nikolaos (English: Nicholas) Bagrationi is the current heir apparent and crown prince of the Roman Empire . He is the son of Emperor Joash III.
Nicholas Bagrationi Nikopoulos was born on 4 April 1997 as the son of the High King and Emperor Joash III and his wife. Supreme Patriarch Joash had left Rome against the wishes of his parents and never returned, instead deciding to renounce his former life as prince and heir apparent. However in 2006, Sophia's father, the emperor fell gravely ill and he decided to take his family with his to Rome. Emperor Emmanuel II was happy to see his daughter and reinstated her as the heiress apparent. Upon his death in 2007, Joash ascended the throne of the Roman Empire. Nicholas was not the heir apparent, his older brother Orion was, this did not seem to bother him. Nicholas was educated at a normal school with his sister, unlike their mother who was forced to attend the Imperial Academy of Rome.
Beijing Airport Disaster
On 2 January, while the Emperor and his family were en route to Shanghai, China for a holiday. Their plane experienced technical difficulties and was forced to land at Beijing Airport, however the tail of the plane broke off due to bad construction methods of the airplane. The airplane started to descend at an alarming rate and the passengers panicked. The airplane crashed seconds later and crashed on the airport main terminal, penetrating the building and killing dozens of unsuspecting people. Most of the passengers were killed, including crown prince Orion ; the Emperor, and his son Nicholas were seriously injured. His spouse ended up in coma. She did not survive the accident and died while holding hands with her husband who was in the bed beside. The Emperor and his son Nicholas fully recovered.
Nicholas was devastated by the death of his mother and brother and was inconsolable, as was his father. Due to this unexpected event, Nicholas was suddenly named heir apparent of the empire. His mother and brother were buried under the Hagia Sophia in a funeral which was attended by hundreds of thousands of people. On 7 May, Emperor Joash appointed Nicholas Supreme Patriarch of the empire. This made Nicholas the youngest regent in the history of the empire. On 2 June Emperor Joash resumed leadership over the empire. Nicholas is now prepared to become the future emperor of the Roman Empire.
Outside of his public life, Nicholas has a partly revealed private life. He loves skateboarding and karate as well as badminton. He is good friends with Princess Sophie of the Germany and the two frequently visit each other. He speaks fluent English, Latin, Greek and Italian and some Georgian.
Through his mother, Nicholas is the 79th generation descendant of Alexander the Great, as proven by DNA tests conducted on him and his father. Through his father is he the 28th generation descendant of Tamar the Great, who refounded the Roman Empire.