The Prince of Wales receives Order of the Star of Romania
His Royal Highness arrived in Bucharest on 29th March 2017 as the Royal visit to Romania, Italy, the Holy See and Austria began. The Prince of Wales was welcomed by an Honour Guard before travelling to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember those who lost their lives serving their country. At a meeting with President Iohannis, The Prince of Wales was awarded the Order of the Star of Romania.
The award is Romania’s highest civilian order and the only one which can be awarded to foreign nationals.The honour recognises exceptional services to the Romanian State and its Romanian people.
During The Prince of Wales's speech on accepting the Award, His Royal Highness highlighted his charitable work through The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania.
He stated, "I have also been so pleased to be able to create my own Foundation in Romania, working in particular with rural communities and providing training courses to men and women from right across the country, to help build their skills and knowledge and thus greatly to enhance their opportunity to set up a small business of their own.
Over the past two years, my Romanian Foundation has provided training for 120 local people and architects. We have also launched a programme to encourage the production of traditional textiles through training women in stitching, lacing and embroidery. The training and confidence they gained has enabled seven of them to work this year with a Romanian fashion designer for a new collection inspired by Romanian traditions. Our students are now earning today two or three times more, thanks to the training received and opportunities offered as a result. My dearest hope is that our next phase will be able to help small farmers to enhance the quality of their products still further and, of course, opportunities for their sale. "
The Prince of Wales carried out various engagements in and around Bucharest. He met young people supported by the FARA Foundation, one of the oldest British charities operating in Romania and transforming the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people, and hosted a reception to celebrate the work of The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania.
For more details on the Royal Tour please visit https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/