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Prince Charles met with villagers in Valea Zalanului


Prince Charles, currently on private visit to Romania, has met on Thursday with villagers in Valea Zalanului, an isolated village in Covasna county (central Romania) where he owns a mansion that he restored and where he usually comes for a few days vacation time each year.

Locals greeted Prince Charles and his guests in an orchard with blooming apple trees, where they set up some tables filled with traditional food, among which kurtoskolacs (a type of Szekler cylindrical pastry cake), boiled corn on the cob, sarmale (a traditional type of food that is made with minced meat wrapped in vine leaves or sauerkraut), cheese-covered mamaliga (a type of food close to polenta), sausages, wild boar meat stew, freshly-baked bread, apple pie, jam, natural syrup and other homemade foods and drinks. The prince tasted some of the traditional dishes and listened to the traditional music sung by the women and children of the village, accompanied by some lautari (traditional musicians).

The children offered Prince Charles a big box of toys for his grandson, and several women of the village offered bouquets of yellow peony, poppy flowers and other wild flowers.

Prince Charles spent nearly an hour in the company of some 50 villagers, and upon his departure declared to the reporters on the scene that he has wonderful neighbors.

The Prince of Wales has arrived in Romania during the Tuesday afternoon with a private jet that landed on Targu Mures airport, visiting the Black Church, the Saint Nicholas Church in Brasov on Wednesday, as well as the museum of the first Romanian school in Scheii Brasovului.

According to official sources, the heir to the British throne will leave Romania sometime on Saturday.