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Re: Queens mother and kings emeritus/father
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When King Michael ascended to the throne, his mother was bequeathed the title of Queen Mother (english version).
I wonder if it is a simplistic mistranslation of "Mother of the King" from roumanian, since Helen was never a Queen in the same sense Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary or Queen Elisabeth were, or it was used by purpose
in the same sense as in Alexandra, Mary or Elisabeth, Michael wanting to honour his mother.
I believe that has generally been the case, throughout history -- that the mother of a king is a queen mother. Of course, she must also be the widow of a king, which was not the case with Therese of Bavaria. Likewise, neither Paola of the Belgians nor Sofia of Spain is a widow.
Helen of Greece and Denmark was Queen Mother of Romania and she was not the widow of a king. That example alone expands the understanding of who may be a queen mother.
I would argue that Paola and Sofia are both queens mother, and that their husbands are both kings emeritus and kings father.
That is, they are respectively queens and kings who are parents of kings, which is the ultimate broadest understanding of the terms.
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