The second day of King Charles’ unofficial visit got off to a rocky start. What bothered the monarch when he went out for a walk, in Valea Zălanului. It happened near his house.
What bothered King Charles when he went for a walk in Valea Zălanului
King Charles III chose Romania as the destination for his first trip abroad, after the coronation ceremony at the beginning of May this year. Although it is a private visit, the monarch accepted the invitation of President Klaus Iohannis to the Cotroceni Palace, where a dinner was organized in his honor.
A few hours later, the King arrived at his residence in Valea Zălanului, where he was welcomed by the villagers with bouquets of flowers, the people offering him peonies and sânzien. The monarch enjoyed the simple and sincere gestures of the people, thanking them for their warm welcome.
On Saturday, the sovereign was expected to attend a picnic organized in his honor. Greeted again by the villagers with flowers, Charles III was mobbed by the reporters present. Although he smiled and appeared calm, the King appeared bothered by the press’s insistence on questions.
Charles III: “Romania is wonderful, I love everything here, the people are wonderful. Thank you for everything!”
The press, rushing: “What is the favorite Romanian flower?”
Charles III: “Too many questions, that’s all I said: Romania is wonderful”
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“I always felt at home in Romania”
On Friday, at the Cotroceni Palace, King Charles confessed that he has come to love Romania, declaring himself fascinated by its culture, art, heritage, history, landscapes and biodiversity. In Romanian, the British monarch said: “Country of glory, country of longing!”
“I cannot describe the pleasure I have visiting Romania once again, thank you, Mr. President, for your kind words and for the immense generosity you showed by organizing this reception. 25 years have passed since my first visit to this remarkable country and when I came here I felt a deep connection with Romania.
My father was King Mihai’s cousin and I had memories of our shared childhood here, and I can say that I always felt at home in Romania.
I thus had the opportunity to witness first-hand the extraordinary development that has taken place and which is, I can say, a testimony to your energy, innovation and resilience. I met and was impressed by the representatives of the young generation, entrepreneurs, young that face the challenges of the modern world, in all fields, from technology, ecotourism or environmental protection, in the construction of environmentally friendly buildings” said King Charles, at the Cotroceni Palace.
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