THE PASSING OF "CARMEN SYLVA": THE POET-QUEEN'S FUNERAL
The Illustrated London News, Vol. CXLVIII, No. 4014, 25 March 1916


1. SURMOUNTED BY HER CROWN: THE BIER CARRIED BY ROUMANIAN GENERALS.


2. THE 'PROCESSION AT CURTEA DE ARGESH : THE FUNERAL-CAR OF THE
QUEEN-DOWAGER OF ROUMANIA ON ITS WAY TO THE MONASTERY.


3. THE LAST RESTING-PLACE OF THE ROYAL FAMILY OF ROUMANIA: THE MONASTERY OF CURTEA DE ARGESH.


4. SHOWING THE CASQUET CONTAINING THE ASHES OF HER ONLY CHILD, THE LATE
PRINCESS MARIE, PLACED UPON IT: THE FUNERAL-CAR OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.


5. FOLLOWING THE COFFIN OF THE LATE QUEEN ELIZABETH:
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) PRINCE NICHOLAS (3), KING FERDINAND
OF ROUMANIA (1), AND THE CROWN PRINCE CAROL (2).


The Passing of "Carmen Sylva": The Poet-Queen's Funeral

The funeral of the late Queen-Dowager of Roumania, Queen Elizabeth (famous under her literary pseudonym as "Carmen Sylva") took place at Bucharest, the capital. After a service in the Throne Room at the Palace, the coffin was carried out by Roumanian Generals and placed on a funeral-car drawn by six horses. At this moment a salute of 75 guns was fired, and the bells of all the churches in Roumania began to toll. The cortege then went in procession to the station, the King and his two sonsóPrince Carol and Prince Nicholasówalking behind the funeral-car, and the Premier, with the Presidents of the Senate, the Chamber, and the Court of Cassation, who acted as pall-bearers, walking beside it. The crowded streets were lined with troops. Two trains conveyed the coffin and the mourners to Curtea de Argesh, where the cortege was reformed in the same order and proceeded to the monastery. There a service was held and the coffin was lowered into the crypt of the cathedral, whereupon salutes were fired, and the bells were tolled in all the churches. At the wish of the late Queen, the remains of her only child, Princess Marie, who died at the age of three and a half, in 1875, had been exhumed and were placed in a tomb close to those of her mother and father. The casquet containing the child's ashes is seen on the funeral-car in Photograph 4.