The Prince of Wales spends a final day in Romania


The Prince of Wales’s three-day visit to Romania came to an end today, with His Royal Highness beginning the final day in Bucharest’s Old Town.

The Prince of Wales meets Maria Mihai during a visit to the Hospices of Hope in Bucharest
The Prince of Wales meets Maria Mihai during a visit to the Hospices of Hope in Bucharest

The Prince enjoyed a walking tour of the Old Town, guided by architectural historian Valentin Mandache. His Royal Highness was welcomed to the 18th century Stavropoleos Church by Father Iustin Marchis, one of the highlights of the area.

During the walking tour, The Prince was shown a statue of Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman who was famed for impaling his enemies on stakes. Vlad the Impaler is an ancestor of The Prince of Wales. 

Later, His Royal Highness visited a Romanian hospice run by a UK charity working to improve care and quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families.

The Prince met young Maria Mihai, who has undergone two operations for a brain tumour, and other young people during an Easter egg painting session at the hospice.

Before leaving the centre, The Prince cut an anniversary cake to mark 25 years of the charity working in Romania.

To end the Royal visit to Romania, The Prince heard about the work of heard about the work of a community foundation in Vizuresti Village. The PACT Foundation helps people to set up community-based organisations and supports disadvantaged areas. His Royal Highness saw some examples of the charity's projects and met members of the local community.

Departing Romania, The Prince travelled to Florence to begin the Royal visit to Italy. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began the six-day visit to the country with a walk across a bridge that stretches across the beautiful Arno River.

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