Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma was born on September 18th, 1923 in Paris. She is the daughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and of Princess Margaret of Denmark. Princess Anne spends her childhood in France, together with her three brothers.
In 1939, after the breakout of the Second World War, Princess Anne follows her family to Spain and the United States of America. Once in New York, she attends the classes of an Art School. She also works as a sales assistant at Macy’s department store.
In 1943, Princess Anne volunteers for military service in the French army. She serves in Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Luxemburg and in the liberated Germany, where she works as an ambulance driver. She is awarded the French “Croix de Guerre”.
Princess Anne meets King Michael I of Romania in London. After just one week, the King proposes. They get married on June 10th, 1948 in Athens, during their exile. The royal couple has five daughters: Margareta, Elena, Irina, Sofia and Maria.
Queen Anne will remain in the hearts of the Romanians as a model of modesty, elegance and loyalty, but also in the heart of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum (founded by the royal family), place which the Queen always designated as her favourite in Bucharest.
The “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum team truthfully regrets the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Anne of Romania.
May she rest in peace!