Two pensioners, the first who signed in the condolences book for Queen Anne

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Two pensioners were the first to write in the condolences book opened at the Royal Palace in the Queen Anne’s memory. They both recalled her kindness and dignity.

“Our Queen Anne left to a star and she is watching over us from there with her kindness (…) From what my mother told me, I know I came at the Royal Palace when I was 2 or 3 years old and King Mihai caressed me. My grandfather was Austrian and was intendent at the palace,” said a septuagenarian.

A former teacher said she wanted to write in the condolences book as a token of gratitude “for everything that the Royal family has done for the Romanian society.”

Subsequently, several tourists wrote short messages in the condolences book.

“I am visiting Romania for a week. I heard about the Queen’s death yesterday. I came here to extend my condolences to the Romanians and to the Royal Family,” said a tourist from Moscow.

Memorial books have been opened at Peles Castle in Sinaia and at the Royal and Elisabeta palaces in Bucharest on Tuesday, with tens of people coming since nine o’clock in the morning to pay their last respect to Queen Anne.

British ambassador in Bucharest Paul Brummell wrote in the condolences book at Elisabeta Palace. “Queen Anne was standing by HM King Mihai of Romania in a very long, difficult period of forced exile. Queen Anne has been always Romania’s supporter, close to the Western Europe, including to Great Britain, so we are next to His Majesty and to the Royal House in this very difficult period,” said ambassador Brummell.

Representatives of the Red Cross in Romania also brought a wreath of flowers to the Elisabeta Palace to extend their condolences.

The Royal House sent the Condolences Book to the Romania’s National Art Museum, the former Royal Palace on Monday night.

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