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Romanians pay respects to Anne, wife of ex-king

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 5, 2008 file photo, former Romanian King Michael I, right, and his wife Anne, left, wave from the balcony of the Peles Castle, in Sinaia, Romania. 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 Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, 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. (AP Photo/Paul Buciuta, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 5, 2008 file photo, former Romanian King Michael I, right, and his wife Anne, left, wave from the balcony of the Peles Castle, in Sinaia, Romania. 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 Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, 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. (AP Photo/Paul Buciuta, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners stand in line to pay their last respects at the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, in the throne room at the former Royal Palace in Bucharest, now the National Museum of Art of Romania, in Bucharest, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Hundreds of mourners have paid their respects to Anne of Romania, wife of former King Michael, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest. Romanians climbed stairs of the elegant palace to the cappuccino-colored marble room where Anne's coffin was placed, draped with a flag bearing the royal crest and flanked by soldiers. (AP Photo/Nicolae Dumitrache)

    Mourners stand in line to pay their last respects at the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, in the throne room at the former Royal Palace in Bucharest, now the National Museum of Art of Romania, in Bucharest, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Hundreds of mourners have paid their respects to Anne of Romania, wife of former King Michael, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest. Romanians climbed stairs of the elegant palace to the cappuccino-colored marble room where Anne's coffin was placed, draped with a flag bearing the royal crest and flanked by soldiers. (AP Photo/Nicolae Dumitrache)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners stand in line to pay their last respects at the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, in the throne room at the former Royal Palace in Bucharest, now the National Museum of Art of Romania, in Bucharest, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Hundreds of mourners have paid their respects to Anne of Romania, wife of former King Michael, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest. Romanians climbed stairs of the elegant palace to the cappuccino-colored marble room where Anne's coffin was placed, draped with a flag bearing the royal crest and flanked by soldiers. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

    Mourners stand in line to pay their last respects at the flag-draped coffin of Anne of Romania, wife of Romania's last monarch, King Michael, in the throne room at the former Royal Palace in Bucharest, now the National Museum of Art of Romania, in Bucharest, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Hundreds of mourners have paid their respects to Anne of Romania, wife of former King Michael, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest. Romanians climbed stairs of the elegant palace to the cappuccino-colored marble room where Anne's coffin was placed, draped with a flag bearing the royal crest and flanked by soldiers. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of mourners have paid their respects to Anne of Romania, wife of former King Michael, lying in state at the Royal Palace in Bucharest.

Romanians climbed stairs of the elegant palace to the cappuccino-colored marble room where Anne's coffin was placed, draped with a flag bearing the royal crest and flanked by soldiers.

Thursday is the third day of mourning in Romania for Anne, who died on Aug. 1 in Switzerland, aged 92.

Retired math professor Valeria Suaraseanu called Anne "a woman of great dignity who supported her husband in the saddest moments of his life."

The communists forced Michael to abdicate in 1947. He married Anne six months later.

Romania and Moldova have declared a national day of mourning on Saturday when Anne will be buried.