The Prince of Wales receives the Order of the Star of Romania
The Prince of Wales arrived in Bucharest today as the Royal visit to Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria began.
His Royal Highness touched down in Bucharest and was welcomed by an Honour Guard before travelling to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember those who lost their lives serving their country.
At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Prince laid a wreath and met British Military officers who are currently employed in the NATO Headquarters located in Bucharest.
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His Royal Highness then travelled to Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of The President of Romania.
During a meeting with President Iohannis, The Prince of Wales was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order and the only one which can be awarded to foreign nationals. The honour recognises exceptional services to the Romanian State and its Romanian people.
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The Prince of Wales's speech on accepting the Order of the Star of Romania
Published on 29th March 2017
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Ladies and Gentlemen,
I cannot tell you how deeply touched and grateful I am to receive from Your Excellency the Order of the Star of Romania. I shall treasure this honour as a special symbol of my great affection for Romania and her people and of the warm relationship between our two countries.
As you know, I am enormously proud of having a Transylvanian Great, Great, Great Grandmother (herself descended from Vlad the Impaler, thus giving me at least a small stake in your country!) and of the fact that my Great, Great Aunt was the much-loved Queen Marie of Romania from 1914-1938.
Mr. President, all I have wanted to do over the past nearly twenty years, since I was first came here, has been to help to remind Romanians of the uniqueness of their culture, their heritage and their architecture – and, above all, of their potential in today’s world. I remember being deeply affected by all that the Romanian people had had to endure under the post-war regime, and by the damage done at that time in human and cultural terms. I have also tried to signal the importance of Romania’s pristine forests – utterly unique in Europe – and, equally, of your country’s family farmers who form such an integral part of your rural communities and your landscapes.
Throughout these years, I have been proud to be the Patron of FARA (which, as you know, only too well,
Mr. President, means “without” in Romanian) and its work to provide a family life for some of ...