.Queen Anne of Romania has died — UPDATED

Queen Anne and King Michael on their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2008, with Crown Princess Margareta and her husband Prince Radu. photo source: Romanian Royal Family Website

Queen Anne of Romania, the wife of King Mihai, passed away at 1:45pm (local time) today, at a hospital in Morges, Switzerland.  She was 92.

Queen Anne was born Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, the daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and his wife, the former Princess Margrethe of Denmark.  She married King Mihai of Romania in 1948, and the couple had five daughters.

Queen Anne’s body will arrive in Romania on August 9th, and will then lie in state for one day in the Hall of Honor at Peleș Castle. She will then be moved to the Throne Room at the Royal Palace in Bucharest, where she will again lie in state for two days. Here, the public will be able to pay their last respects.

On Saturday, August 13th, the Queen’s coffin will be placed on a bier in the Royal Palace Square and a religious ceremony will be held. It will then travel in a procession to the New Cathedral of Curtea de Argeș, where a funeral and burial service will be held. This will be private, attended by the Romanian Royal Family and foreign Royal guests.

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