The angels of war. The premature death of Prince Mircea
Author: Serinela PINTILIE
Keywords: royal family, childhood, funeral, disease.
Prince Mircea died of typhoid fever in the autumn of 1916, shortly after Romania had joined the war. The moment itself received little attention because of the extremely difficult period for the country and the royal family, at the time trying to cope with the imminent German occupation. Nevertheless, there are enough references to it, especially in memoirs. The references range from simple diary notes to elaborate descriptions infused with the mother’s pain, hope, or powerless resignation at the child’s disease and prolonged agony, a mother torn between her duty as Queen and the love for her son. These texts show a tragedy that reaches a new dimension in the context of the war. Queen Mary’s grief drew her closer to the hearts of the masses. The image of a sorrowful mother prevailed over that of queen and became a symbol for many other anonymous mothers with similar tragedies.