The Prince of Wales visits Romania


The Prince of Wales has spent three days in Romania where he visited a number of sites and charities and met many different Romanians from all walks of life.

The Royal Visit started at the NATO Headquarters in Bucharest where The Prince was able to meet British Military officers.

His Royal Highness also took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Romanian National War memorial.

At the Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of Romanian President, The Prince of Wales met the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

During the meeting President Iohannis presented The Prince with the The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania's highest civilian order.

The following day The Prince of Wales visited the Village Museum in Bucharest where he was welcomed by people dressed in traditional Romanian folk costumes.

In celebration of Romania's cultural Heritage His Royal Highness took part in the dance known as the 'Hora'. The Prince was also able to see many examples of traditional Romanian crafts such as wooden tile making and egg decorating.

The Prince then had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu, before visiting Vacaresti Nature Park.

The park is former Communist-era reservoir which has now become a huge nature reserve which is home to numerous birds, mammals and reptiles.

For 16 years His Royal Highness has been Patron of the FARA Foundation, a charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people.

During the Royal Visit The Prince was able to visit the FARA foundation and meet many of those who have been supported by the charity.

At the beautiful Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, The Prince of Wales met Patriarch Daniel, the head of the Romanian Orthodox Church. 

The Prince also visited the British Embassy to hear about the work that is being done to combat human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Day two of the Royal Visit finished with a meeting between The Prince of Wales and Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta and Prince Radu.

During the final day in Romania The Prince as able to take a walking tour of Bucharest Old Town before visiting The National Theatre of Bucharest.

To end the Royal Visit of Romania The Prince of Wales visited two local charities.

Hospices of Hope was founded to improve care and quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families in Romania and surrounding countries.

The PACT Foundation helps people set up community-based organisations and supports disadvantaged areas, and The Prince was able to meet many of those who have benefitted.

The Prince has a long standing connection with Romania having first visited in 1998.

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation recently established The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania (Fundatia Printul de Wales) to take forward his charitable work there.

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