Jump to content
Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this websites. Learn how to update your browser[Close]

Swiss resident

Day of mourning for former queen of Romania

Thousands of Romanians turned out on Saturday for the funeral of Queen Anne of Romania, the wife of Michael, the country's last king. She died on August 1 in Morges, Switzerland, at the age of 92.

Romania and neighbouring Moldova both observed a national day of mourning on Saturday.

"She was a symbol of our country," said Eugenia Cristescu, a 79-year-old singer in a local church choir. "The royal family brought about great change in Romania. It raised us from being simple people and brought respect to the country."

Anne and Michael were married for 68 years. They wed several months after the communists forced him to abdicate in 1947.

Four of the couple's five daughters were present for the funeral. Michael, 94, has cancer and is living in Switzerland. He did not attend the funeral on the advice of doctors.

Anne's body has lain in state this week in Romania and will be taken to Curtea de Arges, where members of the royal family are buried.

Sign up for our free newsletter and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


All rights reserved. The content of the website by swissinfo.ch is copyrighted. It is intended for private use only. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo.ch. Should you be interested in any such use of the website content, please contact us via contact@swissinfo.ch.

As regards the use for private purposes, it is only permitted to use a hyperlink to specific content, and to place it on your own website or a website of third parties. The swissinfo.ch website content may only be embedded in an ad-free environment without any modifications. Specifically applying to all software, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo.ch website, a basic, non-exclusive and non-transferable license is granted that is restricted to the one-time downloading and saving of said data on private devices. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.ch. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.