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Prince Charles visits Transylvania

The Prince of Wales arrived in Romania this week to visit his charity based in Transylvania.

Prince Charles arrived in Bucharest on Monday where he met with the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister, Dacian Ciolos.

The Prince is very familiar with Romania’s rural traditions, and discussed topics he is passionate about with them, including Romania’s cultural heritage and traditional architecture amongst other things.

He then set off to Transylvania where the 67-year-old owns two properties.

On Wednesday, he will visit his charity, the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania, who are celebrating their one year anniversary.

The charity was founded in 2015, and supports the Romania’s heritage, rural life, and sustainable development.

The new training centre aims to assist around 150 people this year, and will offer people a choice of 12 educational courses.

Aura Woodward, executive director of The Prince of Wales’ Foundation Romania, said the facility is: “a dream comes true for His Royal Highness who has visited Romania for nearly twenty years and wishes to leave a legacy to our country”.

Charles has visited the Eastern European country many times, the first being in 1998.

On his first visit, he was struck by the precious legacy of Transylvania, and said he was “totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily rich heritage.”

In 2006, Charles purchased and restored an 18th Century Saxon house in the Transylvanian village of Viscri. This is where the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania is based.

Four years later, the heir to the throne purchased a property in the village of Zalánpatak which is well known by its rich biodiversity containing native plants, mushrooms, insects and birds. Bears and wolves are also known to be in the area at night.

The Prince purchased these properties to ensure a sustainable future for the people of rural Transylvania, without disturbing their traditional way of life.

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