HM Queen Anne of Romania died on the 1st of August 2016, at the Hospital in Morges, Switzerland, at 1.45 p.m. Queen Anne was the consort of King Micheal of Romania, and spent the majority of her life in exile in Switzerland. She spent a quiet and secluded life, despite her impressive title, entered Romania for the first time when she was 70, and didn’t even speak the language of her husband’s kingdom.
Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma was born in 1923 in Paris. As the daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margarethe of Denmark, she was related to most of the Royal Families of Europe through her great-grandfather, King Christian IX of Denmark. She married King Micheal of Romania just months after he was exiled by a communist government in 1948, at the Royal Palace of Athens, home of King Micheal’s maternal uncle, King Paul.
After their honeymoon in Greece and Italy, they started an unsuccessful poultry farm in Britain. They relocated to Switzerland in 1956, where they raised their five daughters, Princesses Margarita, Elena, Irina, Sophie and Marie. The King and Queen of Romania led a quiet life in Switzerland, until they were allowed to return to Romania in 1992. Later, the Royal Family was given the use of Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, while Săvârşin Castle, and Peleş Castle were returned to King Michael. King Micheal and Queen Anne celebrated their diamond anniversary in a grand three-day event in Romania in 2008.
According to the tradition of the Romanian Royal Funerals, the Queen will lie in state for a day in the Hall of Honour of Peles Castle, then for a day in the Throne Room of the Royal Palace in Bucharest. The burial will take place in the New Cathedral of Curtea de Arges. The last Royal Funeral in Romania was Queen Marie’s, grandmother of King Micheal, which took place on the 24th of July 1938.
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