Charles Concludes Romanian Visit, Joins Camilla For Italian Leg
The Prince of Wales finished the Romanian leg of his and the Duchess of Cornwall’s European tour today, beginning with a walking tour of Bucharest’s Old Town.
Valentin Mandache, an architectural historian, led the Prince through the Old Town, showing him the different buildings and styles – and a statue of Vlad the Impaler. They also visited the Stavropoleos Church, where Father Iustin Marchis gave him a tour of the 18th century church (the Church’s nuns were very happy to have a royal visitor, the press pack accompanying Charles joked they had some stiff competition from the camera-bearing nuns).
It was then on to the Hospices of Hope Bucharest centre, which is this year marking 25 years of work in Romania. The charity provides hospice care to terminally ill children and adults. One of the patients Prince Charles spoke with was Maria Mihai, who has undergone two surgeries to reduce her brain tumour. The children were decorating boiled eggs in preparation for Easter.
Prince Charles’s final engagement in Romania was a visit to the village of Vizuresti where he saw the work of Fundatia PACT, a foundation that helps the village community “set up community-based organisations and supports disadvantaged areas”. The Prince then departed Bucharest and flew to Florence, where he was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall.
Charles and Camilla had one engagement after arriving in Italy, they visited the British Institute of Florence to help mark its centenary. The Duchess donated a series of children’s book to the Institute to be used in the English classes they provide for children. They also posed for photographs on a bridge across the Arno River, the beautiful scenery behind them amplified by the sunset.Filed under The United Kingdom
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