Fu­neral held for ‘last queen’ of Ro­ma­nia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RO­MA­NIA de­clared a na­tional day of mourn­ing as a fu­neral was held for Anne of Ro­ma­nia, wife of the coun­try’s for­mer king, who died this month aged 92.

“We are turn­ing a page on his­tory. Anne was the last queen of Ro­ma­nia, even though she was never crowned,” said Adri­ana Chiriac, a re­tired doc­tor and “con­firmed monar­chist” who was among around 1000 mourn­ers in the cap­i­tal on Au­gust 13.

A de­scen­dant of French king Louis XIV, she was born Anne of Bour­bon-Parma in Paris in 1923 and mar­ried Michael of Ro­ma­nia in 1948, a year af­ter the king ab­di­cated un­der pres­sure from the com­mu­nists when the coun­try be­came a repub­lic.

The cou­ple were liv­ing in Switzer­land when Anne died on Aug 1.

The for­mer king, now aged 94, said it was “with great sad­ness” that he was un­able to at­tend the fu­neral here be­cause of his poor health.

Ro­ma­nia’s royal fam­ily re­mains pop­u­lar and recog­nised since the fall of com­mu­nism, though only a mi­nor­ity of Ro­ma­ni­ans are in favour of a re­turn of the monar­chy.

“When I was born Ro­ma­nia was still a monar­chy. It’s too bad that some 25 years ago [with the end of com­mu­nism] we didn’t have Anne as our queen,” said Ze­naida Rosu, 80. –

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