The body of Queen Maria of Yugoslavia is to be repatriated to Belgrade after being exhumed from the Royal Burial Ground at Windsor on 26 April 2013. Her body was exhumed on Friday after permission was given by the Queen and the remains transferred from Windsor to a Serbian Orthodox church in London. A memorial service will take place on 28 April in London. Queen Maria’s body will then be flown back to Belgrade, accompanied by her grandson Crown Prince Alexander. The body will then be interred at the Royal mausoleum at Topola. Queen Maria’s son, who died in 1970 and was buried in Illinois, was repatriated from the US in January. King Peter’s wife Queen Alexandra was buried in Athens and her body will be returned in May. Serbia will hold a state funeral for Queen Maria, King Peter II and Queen Alexandra on 26 May. [Source: Telegraph]
Queen Helen of Romania won world wide sympathy in the 1930s for the indignities she suffered at the hands of King Carol II, of which she divorced in 1928. She had to leave Romania after 1931, and see her son only a few weeks in a year.
Allowed to return in the country following the second ascension of King Michael, she became involved in charitable activities, was a Red Cross sustainer, and stood at her son’s side during official occasions. The Queen Mother was a staunch defender of Romania’s Jewish population in the dark years of fascism and the Holocaust, her contribution being recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among Nations. From January 1948, after the communist takeover, Queen Helen lived in exile in Florence and Lausanne, where she died on 28 November 1982. Diana M