Romanians pay respects to Anne, wife of ex-king

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.