Prince of Wales celebrated during special reception in Bucharest
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales has participated, Thursday evening, in Bucharest, on the second day of his official visit to Romania, in a reception offered in his honor.
Among the participants to the reception were Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister-delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall, Romanian Ambassador in London, Dan Mihalache, the head prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi and Princess Marina Sturdza.
The Prince of Wales was welcomed by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest, Paul Brummell, by Aura Woodward, executive director of the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania and by Aykut Korkmaz, CEO, Hilton Hotel.
"The purpose of the visit is to celebrate the very close ties between the United Kingdom and Romania," said British Ambassador Paul Brummell, at the start of the event.
Prince Charles on Wednesday started a three-day official visit to Romania in Bucharest.
On Thursday, Prince Charles visited the Village Museum, met Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Patriarch Daniel and toured the Vacaresti Delta and the FARA Foundation.
The Prince of Wales received from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel an icon made of a Murano glass mosaic portraying Saint Andrew and participated, in the Patriarchal Cathedral, in a short religious music moment performed by a Byzantine choir.
Later, the two delegations held talks for approximately half an hour. Prospects for cooperation between the Romanian Christian Orthodox Patriarchy, the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation to preserve and capitalise on Romania's cultural and religious heritage was one of the main topics discussed on Thursday by Prince Charles as part of his visit to the Romanian Patriarchate.
"His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, underscored the importance of Romania's cultural heritage, commending Romania for its receptiveness to its conservation. In the same context, prospects for cooperation between the Romanian Christian Orthodox Patriarchy, the Prince of Wales Foundation and the Pro Patrimonio Foundation to preserve and capitalise on Romania's cultural and religious heritage was discussed. Patriarch Daniel gladly welcomed the proposal, because the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) is constantly preoccupied with the conservation of the country's national ecclesiastical heritage," BOR said in a press statement on Thursday.
Patriarch Daniel mentioned that many Romanian Christian Orthodox believers live in the UK as students or workers in various fields of employment. There are currently more than 45 BOR parishes there shepherded by a vicarious bishop and 42 clergymen. The parishes, he said, are enjoying support from the Church of England, including by being offered places for worshiping.
Given that Prince Charles mentioned his vests to humanitarian organisations operating in Romania in which British charities are also involved, Daniel introduced to the prince some of the BOR social programmes, including "Choose School!" - a programme to support children facing the risk of dropping out of school; "Give Blood! Save a Life!" and "Health for the Countryside," in support of the elderly and the poor in Romania's countryside.
The Prince of Wales was joined during his visit to the Patriarchy by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest, Paul Brummell. The talks were also attended by Romania's ambassador in London, Dan Mihalache.
Another moment of the day was the visit of Vacaresti Natural Park, where he met with volunteers and students involved in the activities of the Vacaresti National Park Association, but also a group of children who were discussing with a herpetologist of the frogs and snakes that can be seen in the urban delta.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by Adriana Mitsue Ivama Brummell, the wife of British Ambassador Paul Brummell, and by Dan Barbulescu, executive manager of the Vacaresti National Park Association. In order to mark the visit, His Royal Highness also planted a white poplar.
The Vacaresti Natural Park in Bucharest is a unique formation of urban swamps, on the site of a derelict hydrologic project from the communist times. The area was granted natural park status last year, and plans to preserve the local ecosystem were developed after the model of the London Wetlands center.
The Vacaresti National Park Association has developed the proiject for an urban swamp following the British example and working with well-known environment organizations, of which we can mention the Wetland Link International, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, the WWF Romania branch, as well as that of Great Britain.
The area is surrounded by a dam, being thus delineated from the urban landscape and easily accessible to birds. Over 90 species of birds can be observed in Vacaresti Park, especially water species: herons, egrets, cormorants and wild geese. Moreover, the swamps are also home to small mammals such as: foxes, weasels and otters. The ecosystem is diverse and includes reptiles, amphibians and non-vertebrates such as tritons, salamanders, tortoises, grey lizards, and grass snakes.
The official visit of His Royal Highness to Romania will end on Friday.The next stop on Charles tour' is Italy, where he plans to meet up with his wife, Camilla. After that, the royal couple will head to Austria.