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Prince Charles starts an official visit to Romania


President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday welcomes Prince Charles at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest to award him the Grand Cross of the Star of Romania decoration.

The Presidential Administration says talks between Iohannis and Charles will focus on the development and furthering of the strategic partnership between Romania and the UK, including security ties, the developments in the relationship between the two countries in relation with the UK leaving the European Union, with emphasis on the situation in the Romanian communities of the UK, as well as on Prince Charles's charitable actions in Romania.

Iohannis will bestow the Grand Cross of the Star of Romania on Prince Charles as a token of high esteem for his activity in Romania and for his promotion of Romania's image abroad, at an award ceremony at Cotroceni Palace.

Prince Charles on Wednesday starts an official visit to Romania. This is his second official visit to Romania. The prince's tour will continue with visits to Italy and Austria.

Iohannis has already welcomed Prince Charles twice at Cotroceni Palace — on May 31, 2015 and on May 29, 2016.

The British Ambassador in Bucharest, Paul Brummell, stated last week in an interview granted to Agerpres that the visit of Prince Charles, a great friend and admirer of Romania, represents the celebration of the strength of the ties between the two countries. 

"This is His Royal Highness' second official visit here to Romania, but he is no stranger to Romania. He visits very frequently on a private basis. He is a huge friend and admirer of Romania, he has a foundation here in Romania, supporting the preservation of traditional architecture and development of traditional crafts, for example," the British diplomat stated. 

He emphasized that the visit of Prince Charles represents "celebrating and underlining the strength of our bilateral ties". 

Paul Brummell showed that Prince Charles will have meetings with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, but also organizations working in various domains, but which "have a common denominator of involving collaboration in one way or another between the United Kingdom and Romania". 

"I think that is really the underpinning message of his visit is that it will be a celebration of the amazingly diverse ways in which British and Romanian people and organizations are working together to do really good things," Brummell said.