The remains of Queen Mother Helen of Romania, born Helen of Greece and Denmark, will be repatriated to Romania in October. Helen will be laid to rest with her son King Michael I of Romania – who died in 2017 – at the new Archdiocesan and Royal Cathedral.
Helen died in exile in Lausanne, Switzerland. She had spent most of her life living in Italy, but when she became older, she moved to Lausanne to be closer to her son’s family. She died on 28 November 1982 at the age of 86 and was buried without pomp in the Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery. In March 1993, the State of Israel gave Helen the title of Righteous Among the Nations in recognition for her actions during the Second World War towards Romanian Jews.