Romania's royal house says former King Michael, who has cancer, will miss his wife's funeral on the advice of medics.

The Royal House said five doctors had recommended that Michael, 94, not travel to Romania to attend the Aug. 13 funeral of Anne of Romania, his wife of 68 years.

He will remain at his home in Switzerland. Anne died in Switzerland on Aug. 1, aged 92.

Michael was forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947 and went into exile.

Anne's body will be flown to Bucharest Tuesday and will then lie in state at Peles Castle in the mountain resort of Sinaia, and later in Bucharest.

It is the biggest royal funeral in Romania since Queen Marie, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria who died in 1938.