Today is the birthday of Queen Anne of Romania, consort to King Michael I, formerly a princess of the Bourbon-Parma dynasty. Queen Anne has had quite an eventful life and her marriage to the King of Romania was itself quite a struggle. Pope Pius XII refused a dispensation for her to marry the Orthodox monarch because the King would not promise to raise their children Catholic. As a result, the Bourbon-Parmas boycotted the Orthodox ceremony, however, the couple were later married in 1966 with Catholic rites in the Principality of Monaco. The Mad Monarchist wishes the lawful Queen consort of Romania a happy birthday.