HRH The Prince of Wales in Bucharest’s old town (Album)


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The Prince of Wales’s three-day visit to Romania came to an end Friday, 31 March, with His Royal Highness beginning the final day in Bucharest’s Old Town. The Prince enjoyed a walking tour of the Old Town, guided by architectural historian Valentin Mandache.


HRH The Prince of Wales & the architectural historian Valentin Mandache, French street, Bucharest, 31 March 2017

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Prince Charles in Bucharest today


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Prince Charles laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Bucharest, Carol Park. I am grateful that I was invited by ‘Adevarul’ newspaper to comment live this event.




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Photos by ©Diana and Valentin Mandache

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to travel across Europe


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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Europe to celebrate links between the UK and Romania, Italy, The Holy See and Austria.

The Tour will highlight the UK’s relationship with European partners in areas including social cohesion, military ties and combatting human trafficking.

The British Government has asked The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to visit Europe between 29th March and 6th April 2017. The Tour will begin in Romania – The Prince will visit Bucharest and the surrounding area from 29th-31st March.  The Prince and Duchess will then undertake engagements in Italy and the Holy See from 31st March – 5th April and in Vienna from 5th-6th April.

The Prince of Wales has visited Romania officially once before. His Royal Highness has visited Italy officially 19 times, and The Duchess of Cornwall has visited once. The Prince has undertaken two previous visits to the Vatican, and The Duchess of Cornwall one. His Royal Highness has visited Austria officially 3 times and this will be The Duchess’s first official visit.

Source: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall website

Art Nouveau motif


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Greeting symbol in Art Nouveau style on the flap of an envelope used by Prince Ferdinand of Romania for a letter sent to Princess Marie to Gotha in March 1900. I like the cheerful design and the ideea to put it on the flap as an welcoming symbol.

The Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee


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The Queen. Photo by David Bailley (c) 2017

A portrait of the Queen by British photographer David Bailey has been reissued for her Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne. In the photo, the Queen wears sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947. The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach a sapphire jubilee.