31 May 2014 - 20:22
Prince Charles meets with villagers in Valea Zalanului, Romania


Senior Reporter

Earlier this week, The Prince of Wales embarked on a private visit to Romania. The Prince arrived at Targu Mures airport on a private charter flight on Tuesday, May 27th.

On Wednesday, Prince Charles visited the Black Church, the Saint Nicholas Church, and the museum dedicated to the first Romanian school in Brasov, a city in Transylvania.  The next day, he travelled to Valea Zalanului, where he met with some local villagers.

Valea Zalanului, or Zalanului Valley, is a small village in central Romania. It is here that The Prince of Wales owns a 200-year-old property, which was originally built for the ‘judge’ who was responsible for overseeing the village. The Prince also owns a traditional Saxon house in the nearby village of Viscri. Both the buildings have been converted into guest-houses, after undergoing restoration work. They are currently available to the public to rent, an initiative that the Prince hopes will encourage tourists to come to Transylvania.

Prince Charles first visited Romania in 1998, on an official visit. He was immediately enamoured with the country, which he said was the last place in Europe with “true sustainability and complete resilience”. Since then, Charles has made a number of private visits to Transylvania, including some in the past few years. In 2012, his son, Prince Harry visited Valea Zalanului in time for Easter, but so far, Prince Charles’s wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, has not been to Romania.

 

At Valea Zalanului, the grandfather-of-one was welcomed to a vast apple orchard, before being given a taste of some traditional Romanian food by his hosts, the village locals. He was later treated to some traditional music, sung and played by the women and children of the village, and was presented with a box of toys for his grandson, Prince George, as well as a peony of wild flowers.

Before leaving, Prince Charles told reporters who were on the scene that he had wonderful neighbours in Valea Zalanului. He returned to England on Saturday.

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