Prince Charles of Wales was born November 14th 1948 and is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir of the throne of Great Britain.
The Prince of Wales is currently the oldest person in British history that’s next in line to the throne. In his early years he was educated in different schools and even attended the campus of an Australian school. After that, he got a bachelor in arts at the Trinity College, Cambridge. As any male member of a royal family he served the country by working in the army, more precisely in the Royal Navy.
Prince Charles was married to the famous Diana Spencer, known as Lady D. and together they have two boys: Prince William, born in 1982, and Prince Harry, in 1984. The two had a marriage that was always under the media coverage and in 1996 they divorced. The following year was marked by the tragic death of Lady D. in a car crash in Paris. During 2005 he married Camilla Parker Bowles.
He is very socially active and has a humanitarian agenda of activities that are well anchored in social problems and has founded different charity funds. Over the years his interest was channeled towards confronting the issue of climate change and preserving nature. He also has an extensive interest in architecture and is a patron of conserving such historical values.
One of his particular passions that follow the interests mentioned above is Transylvania’s countryside beauty. It all started in 1998, when he made his first trip to the Romanian region. He was amazed by the Carpathian Mountains and its display of untouched nature. That was the first time he ever saw this part of the world and its “extraordinary biodiversity”, more exactly, the wildflower meadows, to which English people weren’t that familiar. The traditions, the architecture of the typical Transylvanian village, the traditional cuisine and the wild landscapes made Charles of Wales fall in love with Transylvania. What might’ve attracted Prince Charles to come to Romania is also the fact that he is related to the last king of Romania, Mihai I, great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. It is said that Charles is also a descendant of Vlad the Impaler.
Charles was so smitten with Transylvania that in 2006 he bought and restored a rustic house from the 18th century in Viscri, a village located in the county of Brasov. The domain was after declared a World Heritage site. Moreover, he purchased another property in 2010, this time a large-dimension judge’s house in the village of Zalanpatak, in Covasna County. These two domains and their villages have since come across a thriving tourism. So much that they are now available for tourists to rent when the Prince isn’t visiting. In addition to his boosting the tourism, Charles has also been dedicated to making sure locals understand the heritage which surrounds them.
The Prince pays a yearly visit to his to properties. When he is away, his good friend and delegate, Count Kalkony, takes care of these domains and is in a continuous search for new ones, as well as for spotless natural lands.
Prince Charles has also established a foundation to help maintain the historic landscape as well as the traditional methods of Romanian farming, such as scything. Also, with the wildflower meadows as inspiration, he created his own at one of his homes in the UK, using seeds that he gathered from the Carpathians. Ever since, he has started such trend in his country that his charity Plantlife can’t keep up with the demand from people to see and plant their own gardens.
People who visit the houses of Viscri and Zalanpatak can have a realistic experience of the past and of the traditional Romanian way of life, which is why Charles has invested so much hope and time into his love for Transylvania.