Queen Marie’s heart will return to Pelisor Castle in Sinaia, the place where the queen died, on November 3rd. At present, it is kept at the National History Museum in Bucharest. The decision to move it follows the queen’s wish, as it is expressed in her will, and an initiative of Romania’s King Michael.

The heart will be transferred in its original, small silver casket during a ceremony starting at the National History Museum. During the procession, the casket will be covered with the flags of Romania and the UK.

Queen Marie was the wife of King Ferdinand I of Romania. Born into the British royal family, she was titled Princess Marie of Edinburgh at birth. She is known for her work as a nurse during the World War I, but also for her extensive writing, including her critically acclaimed autobiography. She is buried in the Curtea de Arges Cathedral.