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Criticism about lavish funeral for Anne of Romania

  • An honor guard soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch King Michael, before a religious service, in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    An honor guard soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch King Michael, before a religious service, in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)  (The Associated Press)

  • Princess Margaret, right, daughter of Romania's last monarch King Michael, stands as her husband Prince Radu of Romania adjusts her scarf, before a religious service as the body of Anne of Romania arrives in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    Princess Margaret, right, daughter of Romania's last monarch King Michael, stands as her husband Prince Radu of Romania adjusts her scarf, before a religious service as the body of Anne of Romania arrives in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)  (The Associated Press)

  • Princess Margaret, right, daughter of Romania's last monarch King Michael, stands as her husband Prince Radu of Romania, center, adjusts her scarf, before a religious service as the body of Anne of Romania arrives in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    Princess Margaret, right, daughter of Romania's last monarch King Michael, stands as her husband Prince Radu of Romania, center, adjusts her scarf, before a religious service as the body of Anne of Romania arrives in Otopeni, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The body of Anne of Romania, the wife of the country's ex-king, arrived in Bucharest Tuesday for the biggest royal funeral in almost 80 years. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)  (The Associated Press)

The presidents of Romania and Moldova are paying their last respects to Anne of Romania at a 19th-century royal castle amid criticism about the grand royal funeral.

President Klaus Iohannis presented his condolences Wednesday at the Peles Castle in the mountain resort of Sinaia, where the wife of deposed king Michael is laying in state. Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti and Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos are expected there later.

Romania and Moldova have declared a day of mourning for Anne, who died Aug. 1 in Switzerland, aged 92.

Some have criticized the lavish scale of the funeral, scheduled for Saturday. Commentator Stelian Tanase told The Associated Press politicians were guilty of "hypocrisy, demagoguery and duplicitous language," in their gushing praise of Anne after her death.