Anne of Romania, wife of King Michael, dies at 92

Anne of Romania with former Romanian King Michael I in 2008 (File Photo) Photo Credit: Paul Buciuta, AP Photo

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romania’s royal house says Anne of Romania, the wife of Romania’s last monarch, King Michael, has died. She was 92.

A statement said Anne died Monday at a hospital in Morges, Switzerland, surrounded by family.

Born Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, she met Michael in November 1947 at the wedding of future Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten in London.

Michael was forced to abdicate by the communists a month later and moved into exile.

Anne, who was half French and half Danish, married Michael in an Orthodox ceremony in Athens in 1948 after Pope Pius XII refused to give her dispensation to marry a non-Catholic. In 1966, the couple had another ceremony in a Catholic church in Monaco.

Anne is survived by her husband Michael and their five daughters.

 

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