BUCHAREST, Romania – 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.