Queen Anne of Romania

Anne of Bourbon-Parma
Queen of Romania[1]
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Anne at the Romanian French Community gala in Paris, 1991
Born(1923-09-18)18 September 1923
Paris, French Third Republic
Died1 August 2016(2016-08-01) (aged 92)
Morges, Switzerland
Burial13 August 2016
Curtea de Argeș Cathedral, Romania
Spouse
IssueMargareta, Custodian of the Crown
Princess Elena
Irina Walker
Princess Sophie
Princess Maria
Full name
Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite
HouseBourbon-Parma
FatherPrince René of Bourbon-Parma
MotherPrincess Margaret of Denmark

Queen Anne of Romania (Romanian: Ana; née Princess Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite of Bourbon-Parma;[2] 18 September 1923 – 1 August 2016) was the wife of Michael I, former King of Romania.

Early life

Anne was born in Paris, France, the only daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Margaret of Denmark.[2] With her three brothers she spent her childhood in France. Their holidays were spent alternately at the Villa Pianore in Lucca with their paternal grandmother the Dowager Duchess of Parma, or at Bernstorff Palace in Copenhagen with their maternal grandfather.[3] In 1939 her family fled from the Nazis and escaped to Spain. From there they went on to Portugal and then to the United States.[3] She attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City from 1940 to 1943. She also worked as a sales assistant at Macy's department store. In 1943, she volunteered for military service in the French Army.[4] She served in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Luxembourg and in liberated Germany, as an ambulance driver. Anne received the French Croix de guerre for her wartime service.[3]

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