In his speech, he hailed the country’s natural beauty, saying: “I have come to love Romania – your culture and art, your heritage and history, your sweeping landscapes and priceless biodiversity.
“Romania has retained, in its ancient forests, pristine countryside, and through some remarkable examples of sustainable farming, an incomparable richness of nature.
“This is still home to many species of flora and fauna that have disappeared, or are threatened elsewhere in Europe and the world, which makes it all the more precious.”
The King’s countryside home offers him an opportunity to truly disconnect and enjoy his love of nature as there is no wifi, TV or radio in the Saxon house, which he bought in 2006. It is understood that there is a “small hi-fi player with CDs” in the drawing room now, however.
He has taken regular visits to Transylvania as the Prince of Wales, but this marks the first time a British monarch will have visited the country, although it is not an official state visit, despite the few official elements.
On Thursday, he talked of his “cherished” Romanian friends and all the charitable work he has done there in the last 25 years, including the Prince’s Foundation’s support to train craftspeople and architects across the country.
He said he “wanted to remind the world of everything that has always made Romania such a special country” and commended their “incredibly generous support to all our Ukrainian friends.”