71 years after she went into exile together with her son, King Michael of Romania, the Queen Mother Helen has been brought from Switzerland to rest next to the other Romanian royals, in the crypt of the Monastery in Curtea de Arges, as her son had wanted.
In the 40s, Queen Helen (Elena in Romanian) saved hundreds of thousands of people from the Nazis’ extermination practices and opposed the first years of Soviet occupation, while trying hard, next to her son, King Michael, to keep Romania in a free world.
The human remains of the Queen Mother have been flown from Switzerland where she was buried to Romania by an aircraft of the Romanian Air Forces. The ceremonies in Curtea de Arges are scheduled today at 4 p.m., while the memorial service is due tomorrow, October 19.
Helen of Greece and Denmark, born in 1896, was married to King Caroll II and was the Queen Mother of Romania during the reign of her son, King Michael (1940–1947). She was distinguished for her humanitarian efforts to save Romanian Jews during WWII, which brought her an award by the State of Israel with the honorific of Righteous Among the Nations in 1993.
Forced into exile, next to her son in January 1948, after the Communists’ coup d’etat against the Romanian Royalty, she lived in Florence, Italy and in Switzerland, Lausanne where she died in November 1982, aged 86.