From the Palatul Elisabetha
The Press Office of His Majesty King Michael I of Romania is authorized to issue the following communiqué:
Her Majesty Queen Anne of Romania died today, the 1st of August 2016, at the Hospital in Morges (Switzerland), at 1.45 p.m.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, Princess Helen, Princess Sophie and Princess Marie were at the Queen’s bedside. His Majesty King Michael was with the Queen at the hospital every day of the last week. Father Charlemagne, vicar of the Catholic Parish of Morges, administered the last rites to the Queen.
A detailed program of the funeral will be made public tomorrow.
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, which took place on the 24th of July 1938. According to the wishes of His Majesty King Michael I, Queen Anne’s funeral will respect the tradition of her predecessors.
Tomorrow, books of condolence will be opened at Peles Castle, the Royal Palace (in Calea Victoriei) and Elisabeta Palace. They will be available to the public for the next 40 days. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.familiaregala.ro/mesaje/
All those who wish to bring flowers or lay wreaths are invited to do so at the Royal Palace in Calea Victoriei, in front of the main entrance.