Enclosed inside a small silver casket, the heart of Queen Marie of Romania, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and personal fashion icon of mine, will FINALLY be laid to rest in the Carpathian mountains where she died, ending a journey of over 70 years.
Following a royal procession to Pelisor castle from the National History Museum in Bucharest, the heart “will lie on a plinth placed behind the couch where she passed away on 18 July 1938 at 5.38 pm,” said the family, who live in Bucharest.
(Note to self: Buy plinths, place behind couch.)
(Also: Research what the hell a plinth is.)
Here’s the story (from The Guardian):
The wife of King Ferdinand I, who reigned from 1914 to 1927, had wanted her heart to be laid to rest in a specially built chapel in Balcic, a town on the Black Sea which at the time belonged to Romania.
The royal family had a castle in Balcic which was the Queen’s favourite summer residence.
But the region was returned to Bulgaria in 1940 and the royal family was forced to move the heart to a temporary location in Bran castle in Romania’s Carpathian mountains.
The chapel at Bran, however, “was desecrated during the communist regime” and the heart was moved again to the National History Museum, the family said.
They then requested it be taken to a place with some royal connection, and Pelisor “is the place where the heart beat for the last time”.
Read more about Marie of Romania here, she’s pretty fabulous. I love her over-the-top (even for a queen) Gothic regalia, and penchant for 16th century religious garb and Bavarian milkmaid uniforms. I mean, THAT’S how you do it.