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, France
Died1 August 2016(2016-08-01) (aged 92)
Morges, Switzerland
BurialCurtea de Argeș Cathedral
SpouseMichael I of Romania (1948-2016)
IssueCrown Princess Margareta
Princess Elena
Princess Irina
Princess Sophie
Princess Maria
Full name
Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite
HouseBourbon-Parma
FatherPrince René of Bourbon-Parma
MotherPrincess Margaret of Denmark

Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, also known as Queen Anne of Romania (Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite of Bourbon-Parma,[2] 18 September 1923 – 1 August 2016), was the wife of former king Michael I 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] Anne was the younger sister of Prince Jacques of Bourbon-Parma and elder sister to Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma who married Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (eldest child of King Umberto II of Italy and Queen Marie José), and Prince André of Bourbon-Parma. As a granddaughter of Robert I, Duke of Parma she was first cousin to: King Boris III of Bulgaria; Robert Hugo, Duke of Parma; Princess Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria; Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma; Crown Prince Otto of Austria; and Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

In 1939 Anne's family fled from the Nazi Germans and escaped to Spain, then to Portugal finally 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 joined the French Army as an ambulance driver.[4] She served in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Luxembourg and Germany. She received the French Croix de guerre for her wartime service.[3]

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