Prince of Wales officially offered honorific title in recognition of his charitable work and ancestral connections to the Eastern European region
Alba Iulia, Transylvania – 10th April 2017 – The Mayor of the city of Alba Iulia, the former capital of the historic region of Transylvania, has extended a formal invitation to the Prince of Wales to receive the honorific title of Prince of Transylvania.
Prince Charles’ fondness of Transylvania, in Romania, is well known and documented, with the royal often recognised as the region’s most valuable ambassador. Since first visiting in 1998, Prince Charles has always been outspoken of his love of the culture, stunning countryside and relaxed way of life of the former Principality, where he owns two homes that the public can rent as guesthouses. Charles has also done extensive charitable work in the region, aimed at encouraging conservation, traditional farming systems and sustainable development through the Prince of Wales Foundation. As a show of appreciation, Transylvania now wishes to formally acknowledge his work and love for the region by offering the Prince this honorific title.
The title also recognises Charles’ kinship with Vlad “the Impaler” Tepes, the 15th century ruler who inspired the legend of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Prince Charles himself has never been shy to show off his Eastern European lineage, with his genealogy showing that he’s a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad III, through his great grandmother Queen Mary. “Transylvania is in my blood”, the Prince has asserted in the past.
In a letter addressed to Prince Charles, the Mayor of Alba Iulia, Mircea Hava, said: “We know how much you love Transylvania. It has become your second home and you have been the region’s most valuable ambassador. Moreover, you claim your roots from our legendary Prince Vlad. As you love Transylvania so much, we thought, what if instead of only being “The Prince of Wales”, you would be known from now on as “The Prince of Wales AND Transylvania”?
You have to admit that “Prince of Wales AND Transylvania” sounds like a fantastic way to introduce yourself, in addition to being a great conversation starter.”
The city of Alba Iulia, in Alba County, Romania, was the capital of the Eastern Hungarian Kingdom and the latter Principality of Transylvania between 1541 and 1690, making it a city of great historic importance for Romanians, Hungarians and Transylvanian Saxons. The city is also home to the largest citadel in Romania, built between 1716 and 1735 and which houses the historical Upper Town region developed by Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.