His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has arrived on Wednesday in Bucharest, for a three-day official visit to Romania.
The Royal Air Force airplane that brought the Prince of Wales landed around 15:40 on the Henri Coanda Airport.
The Crown Prince was welcomed by State Secretary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs George Ciamba, (with whom he had a short tete-a-tete in the Official Salon of the airport), by the Romanian Ambassador in London, Dan Mihalache, but also the British Ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell. Eight members of the 30th Honor Guard Brigade “Michael the Brave” were present at the arrival of the Prince of Wales.
After the official greeting, the heir to the British Crown signed the guest book. “Very good paper you have here”, the Prince of Wales remarked after signing, according to Agerpres.
The official visit of the Prince of Wales has as main objectives the promotion and celebration of bilateral relations with Romania, including the campaign #BritainInRomania. The campaign celebrates the activity of British charitable organizations in our country, promotes the history of Romanian-British relations and British values, marks the amplitude of bilateral commitments and ensures the interaction with the generation of future leaders of Romania.
Furthermore, the visit has the objective of promoting associations dedicated to preserving the environment in urban and rural areas, as well as emphasizing the support that the United Kingdom grants in this sense, but also the activity of the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania and the organizations active in Romania under the patronage of His Royal Highness.
This is the second official visit of the Prince of Wales to Romania, since 1998 and to today.
Prince Charles lays wreath of poppies for heroes who died fighting for Romania
The Prince of Wales commemorated, on Wednesday, the heroes that died fighting for Romania, in a solemn ceremony taking place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Park Carol I, where he laid a wreath of poppies brought from the United Kingdom especially for this event.
The ceremony started at 16:35, when a convoy of cars brought Prince Charles in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Sober and very elegant, Prince Charles was met by the Commander of the Bucharest Garrison, Col. Dorel Bejan, and by the British Military Attache, Lt. Col. Tim Bakewell of the Royal Navy.
The ceremony started with the intonation of the national anthems of Romania and the United Kingdom, the moment being followed up by saluting the Battle Flag.
The central moment of this solemn ceremony was when Prince Charles laid a wreath of poppies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The wreath, brought especially from the United Kingdom for this event, was handed to Prince Charles by a soldier and laid at the base of the tomb after which the Prince of Wales took a moment of recollection, bringing homage to the heroes fallen in combat.
After laying the wreath, His Royal Highness signed the guest book of the monument in Park Carol I.
Towards the end of the ceremony, Prince Charles exchanged a few words with three British officers that work at the two NATO locations in Bucharest.
Around 60 servicemen with the 30th Honor Guard Brigade “Michael the Brave” participated in the solemn ceremony in Park Carol I, which lasted nearly 10 minutes, but also the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest, Paul Brummell, and the Ambassador of Romania in London, Dan Mihalache.
Furthermore, several dozen parents with children witnessed the event, some of them stating that they came especially for the ceremony to see Prince Charles, whom they admire.
“I have an admiration towards the British Royal Family. I much admire their stateliness, as that of beautiful times past,” said Viorica, who was joined at the ceremony by Erica, her niece, aged 3.
In their turn, Adriana and Felicia, two youths who happened to be in Park Carol I, witnessed the ceremony, being curious to see Prince Charles. “We like the British Royal Family and the event drew us in,” they stated.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for Romania. On May 17, 1923, the coffin bearing the Unknown Soldier, a symbol of all those who sacrificed their lives during the war, was buried in the crypt in Park Carol with military honours, in the presence of the Royal Family, the Government, the members of Parliament and a large crowd.
In the night of December 22/23, 1958, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dismantled and secretly moved to the Marasesti Mausoleum by the Communist Regime, in order to make room for the Mausoleum of Communist Heroes, where several leaders of the regime were later interred. In 1991, the Tomb was moved back to Park Carol.
President Iohannis: Welcome back to Romania!
Later, the Prince of Wales left the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, moving towards the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, where he was welcomed, at 17:00 hrs, by President Klaus Iohannis.
“Good day, Your Excellency! Welcome back to Romania!”, President Iohannis told the Prince of Wales.
The two officials had tete-a-tete talks aimed at developing and deepening the relation of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the UK, including in the security area, the prospects regarding the development in terms of relationships between the two countries given the Brexit, with an emphasis on the Romanian community residing in the UK, as well as the large charitable activity carried out by the Prince of Wales in Romania, according to the Presidential Administration.
Afterwards, President Iohannis confered Prince Charles the Grand Cross of the Star of Romania, as “a token of appreciation for his activity in Romania and for the promotion of its image in the world.”
On Thursday, the Prince of Wales will meet Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Victoria Palace. Also on Thursday, Prince Charles will be welcomed by Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania at the Elisabeta Palace.
The Presidential Administration said Tuesday that talks between Iohannis and Charles will focus on the development and furthering of the strategic partnership between Romania and the UK, including security ties, the developments in the relationship between the two countries in relation with the UK leaving the European Union, with emphasis on the state of the play in the Romanian communities of the UK, as well as on Prince Charles’s charitable actions in Romania.
Prince Charles to be welcome on Thursday at Elisabeta Palace
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania will welcome on Thursday at 18:00 hrs, at the Elisabeta Palace, the His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Press Office of His Majesty Michael I informs in a release sent to AGERPRES.
According to the quoted source, in the 150 years since the foundation of the Royal Family of Romania, the connection with the Royal Family of the UK was constantly and based on admiration, affection and respect, in its official dimension, representing in a historic manner the two nations, as well as in its private dimension, family related. It’s a lasting bond, stretched along the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, gathering three generations.
The Prince of Wales is present since 1997 almost every year in our country, and the Royal Family of Romania annually pays public or royal visits to the UK.
Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Prince Radu of Romania are meeting in the spring with the Prince of Wales in the country or in Bucharest, during the Prince stays in Romania.
The Prince of Wales has visited the Elisabeta Palace in 2011 and 2016, the release informs.
Featured image: Cristian Nistor, Agerpres