Queen Anne of Romania, also known by her Romanian name Ana, died on Monday afternoon at the Morges Hospital in Switzerland, aged 92, the Press Office of Romania’s King Mihai announces.
“Keeping watch over the queen until her last breath were Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, Princess Elena, Princess Sofia and Princess Maria. His Majesty King Mihai I kept coming to see the queen in the hospital each day over the last week. One day previously, Queen Anne received the last rites from the priest of the Catholic St. Mary’s of Morges Church,” the statement says.
It also says the detailed schedule of Anne’s funeral will be unveiled on Tuesday.
According to the royal funeral traditions of Romania, Queen Anne’s body will be laid in state for one day in the Hall of Honour of Peles Castle, then for another day at the Throne Hall in the Royal Palace in Bucharest. The burial will take place in the new Archbishopric and Royal Cathedral of Curtea de Arges.
The last royal funeral in Romania occurred on July 24, 1938, when Queen Maria was laid to rest. Upon King Mihai I’s request, the funeral of Queen Anne will follow the tradition of her forerunners.
The Royal Family will decree seven days of great mourning after the funeral and 40 days of mourning thereafter.
A condolence book will simultaneously open on Tuesday at Peles Castle, the Royal Palace in Bucharest on Victoriei Road and Elisabeta Palace. They will be available to the public for 40 days after the day of death. Condolences can also be extended on line on http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/.
Wreaths of flowers can be laid starting on Tuesday, at the main entrance to the Royal Palace of Bucharest.
She will be buried at Curtea de Arges, Romania, most likely on August 13, lawyer to the Romanian Royal House Adrian Vasiliu told Digi 24 private broadcaster.
Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma was born on September 18, 1923 in Paris to Prince Rene of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark.
She spent her childhood in France, but in 1939, in the context of the Second World War, followed her family to Spain and later on to the United States of America, where she took classes at an art school in New York. In parallel, in order to earn a living, she worked at a Macy’s department store.
In 1943, Princess Anne joined the French Army as a volunteer
In 1943, Princess Anne joined the French Army as a volunteer, proving, even since then, a rare tenacity, characteristic to her personality, which helped her overcome the hardships that destiny and history threw in front of her. She participated in the military operations in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Luxembourg, and Germany. She reached the rank of corporal and after the war was promoted to lieutenant and was bestowed with the French Croix de Guerre.
Princess Anne met King Mihai I in London, in November of 1947. After just a week, the king proposed to her. They were wed on June 10, 1948, in Athens, at the Royal Palace, the ceremonies being attended by the entire Royal House of Greece and members of the Hesse and Hanover houses. The wedding was officiated by the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, His Holiness Damaskinos.
King Mihai’s exile began soon after the wedding. The couple lived in the Villa Sparta, the residence of the Queen-Mother Helen of Greece and Denmark, until the end of 1948. Their Majesties moved to Lausanne in 1949 and later to England, where they lived until 1956, when they returned to Switzerland. They settled in Versoix, where they have lived over 45 years. In 2004 they moved to Aubonne.
On the great religious holidays and depending on public engagements, the royal couple resided in either the Savarsin Castle or in the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest.
King Mihai and Queen Anne have five daughters – Princess Margareta (b. 1949), Princess Helen (b. 1950), Princess Irina (b. 1953), Princess Sofia (b. 1957), and Princess Maria (b. 1964).
On June 10, 2008, Queen Anne and King Mihai celebrated their Diamond Anniversary, after 60 years of marriage. On June 10, 2013 the royal couple celebrated their Sapphire Anniversary marking 65 years of marriage, thus becoming the first couple in the history of kings and rulers of Romania to have had such a long marriage.
Politicians, public opinion praise the Queen’s personality, deplore her disappearance
President Iohannis: Queen Anne – one of most important symbols of wisdom, dignity, moral conduct
President Klaus Iohannis has sent on Monday a message of condolence to the royal family on the death of Queen Anne, emphasizing that she will remain one of the most important symbols of wisdom, dignity and moral conduct.
“Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania will remain forever in our memory and souls as one of the most important symbols of wisdom, dignity and moral conduct. Over her honourable life, Anne of Romania was the expression of the most distinguished values of decency, devotion and love towards the country the name of which she bore,” President Iohannis wrote in his message, the Presidential Administration informs, showing that the head of state received with profound pain and sadness the news of the Queen’s death.
He mentions that Queen Anne was at the side of King Mihai over the entire period of the “bitter exile” and that she and the King campaigned together for the prosperity of Romania, and that the diplomatic tours and missions for the country’s accession to NATO and the European Union stand testimony to this.
“I wish to convey, in these difficult moments, my compassion and solidarity to His Majesty King Mihai and the entire royal family,” said Iohannis.
Royal Family advisor Ioan Luca Vlad recalled the warmth and attention the Queen had showed him
On Monday, Royal Family advisor Ioan Luca Vlad recalled the first time he met Queen Anne.
“Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania has passed away. She is the one whose warmth and attention, shown to me in 1993, during a visit at an exhibition at the Catacomba Galleries (the current Collections Museum – Victoriei Boulevard), where my father was exhibiting, prompted me to decide that working for the Royal Family was going to be my life mission and, subsequently, to pick Law for this purpose,” Ioan Luca Vlad wrote on Facebook.
Academician Giurescu: Death of Romania’s Queen Anne, a loss for the entire nation
Historian Dinu C. Giurescu says the death of Romania’s Queen Anne is a loss for the entire nation, while academician Dan Berindei voices regrets over the queen’s death.
“The Queen’s death is a loss for the entire nation, irrespective of whether or not we feel it that way. We may not feel it because she was not meant to play the part she deserved,” Giurescu told AGERPRES on Monday.
“I am so sorry. This is a history page that closes,” said Berindei.
Historian Scurtu: Queen Anne of Romania was good and generous
Historian Ioan Scurtu says Romania’s Queen Anne, who died on Monday at the Morges Hospital in Switzerland, was a good and generous person.
“I had a feeling that she was a good and generous person inclined to solve human problems, in other words a person who managed to overcome the hardships of life to help people in more difficult situations,” Scurtu told Agerpres on Monday.
In his opinion, “the death of any personality leaves a mark on history, people and the country.”
Scurtu added that “it is a good thing that Queen Anne will be buried in Romanian soil, alongside other female sovereigns of Romania.”
He voiced hope that King Mihai “with his more robust build (…) will still have many years to live.”
PNL’s Quintus: Hopefully, Queen Anne becomes model for all Romanians treasuring genuine people
Honorary Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Mircea Ionescu Quintus on Monday voiced regret over the death of Queen Anne, saying Anne behaved like a genuine queen and was by King Mihai’s side “his entire tumultuous life.”
“In the years of my youth, I grew up under a monarchal regime that was so beneficial to our country. I have been and still I am a humble admirer of King Mihai, and I cannot forget that Queen Anne was by his side in all his tumultuous life, she behaved like a genuine queen and I hope she will be an example for the remaining members of the Royal House and for all Romanians who treasure genuine people. May God rest her in peace, and may God give strength to the King to overcome this hard trial!” Quintus told Agerpres.
PSD’s Dragnea: Queen Anne lived her life intertwined with Romania’s destiny
National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea has sent condolences to the Romanian Royal House on the death of Queen Anne, saying that the queen lived her life intertwined with Romania’s destiny.
“I am sending condolences to the Royal House on the death of Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania. This is a sad moment for the entire nation and I believe we have to properly honour the memory of Her Majesty, who, with a lot of civility and abnegation lived her entire life intertwined with the destiny of Romania. May God rest her in peace!” Dragnea said Monday in a Facebook post.