Doctor Honoris Causa

His Royal Highness
The Prince of Wales
University of Bucharest

His Royal Highness
The Prince of Wales

2014

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In this you have been preceded by King Carol II of Romania in 1938. the President of India. received university status in 1864. who. Shanker Dayal Sharma (1994. like yourself. Sabba established in 1694. The University of Bucharest. justified pride in your gracious acceptance of an honorary doctorate. Royal 5 . Your very distant ancestors and ours. His Majesty King Michael of Romania (October 2012) and King Simeon II of Bulgaria (November 2012). The University takes enormous. the Shah of Iran. an offshoot and direct continuator of The Princely Academy of St. Haile Selassie (1964). which means that the entire academic community will be celebrating in mid-July of this year its 150th anniversary as a fully-fledged higher education institution. Today is one of those happy days when the Senate of Bucharest University is assembled to award you an honorary degree. the Emperor of Ethiopia. Among the recipient Heads of State and Government were the President of Indonesia. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1966). used to mark with a white stone all festive days (albo lapillo notare diem). the Romans. Sukarno (1960).Doctor Honoris Causa His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Laudatio Your Royal Highness.

the young Prince became a boarder at Cheam School. when her father. Jacques Chirac (1997). Baron Renfrew. After 10 months. the President of Turkey. In 1958 while The Prince was at Cheam. the President of Namibia. Princess Margaret. The Prince was nine-years-old. The Prince’s mother was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 25. Vaclav Havel (1994). A proclamation was posted on the Palace railings just before midnight. Sain Nujoma (1998). announcing that Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth had been safely delivered of a son. and. the President of France. as Heir to The Throne. of Duke of Rothesay. On 15th December. Charles Philip Arthur George was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh decided that The Prince should go to school rather than have a tutor at the Palace. King George VI. Duke of Edinburgh. took on the traditional titles of The Duke of Cornwall under a charter of King Edward III in 1337. The Prince of Wales.14 pm on 14th November 1948.Highness. Lord of the Isles. Prince Charles – as the Sovereign’s eldest son – became heir apparent at the age of three. and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. Margaret Thatcher (1996) and the Premier of Luxembourg. The Queen created him The Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. was an alumnus of Trinity College Cambridge). and his aunt. died aged 56 on 6th February 1952. The Prince was four at his mother’s Coronation. Süleyman Demirel (1998). by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 6 . the President of the Czech Republic. On The Queen’s accession to the throne. It was announced later that the baby Prince weighed 7lb 6oz. eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip. the President of Chile. Jean-Claude Juncker (2003). Earl of Carrick. in Westminster Abbey nd on 2 June 1953. in the Scottish peerage. Ricardo Lagos Escobar (2004). was born at Buckingham Palace at 9. the British Prime Minister. The Prince started at Hill House school in West London on 7th November 1956. Dr Geoffrey Fisher. now to be known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Many who watched the Coronation have vivid memories of him seated between his widowed grandmother. The Prince. a preparatory school in Berkshire.

Before the investiture The Prince had spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth. On 29th July 1981. following in the footsteps of his father. When he returned to Gordonstoun for his final year. In April 1962 The Prince began his first term at Gordonstoun. The six-week course at the Royal Naval College. was followed by service on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. At his own request. In September 1971 after the passing out parade at Cranwell. The Prince embarked on a naval career. together with a distinction in an optional special history paper in July 1967. grandfather and both his great-grandfathers. learning to speak Welsh. The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer 7 . a remote outpost of the Geelong Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne. and in 1970 was awarded a 2:2 degree. He changed to history for the second part of his degree. The Prince had received flying instruction from the RAF during his second year at Cambridge. The Prince qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron. The Prince of Wales spent two terms in 1966 as an exchange student at Timbertop. who had already passed six O Levels. His Royal Highness took his seat in the House of Lords. On 11th February 1970. The Prince of Wales was appointed school guardian (head boy). also took A Levels and was awarded a grade B in history and a C in French. Australia. The Prince. which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes. to train as a jet pilot. He was invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen on 1st July 1969 in a colourful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. On 9th February 1976. The Prince took command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington for his last nine months in the Navy. Dartmouth. On 8th March 1971 The Prince flew himself to Royal Air Force (RAF) Cranwell in Lincolnshire. a school near Elgin in Eastern Scotland which The Duke of Edinburgh had attended. The Prince went to Cambridge University in 1967 to read archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College.

Earl Spencer. Norfolk. announced to the House of Commons that The Prince and Princess of Wales had agreed to separate. The marriage was dissolved on 28th August. to allow them to lead a normal school life. born on 15th September 1984. She continued to live at Kensington Palace and to carry out her public work for a number of charities. The Prince of Wales flew to Paris with her two sisters to bring her body back to London. With them were The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess’s brother. the 7th Earl. when the family moved to the Spencer family seat at Althorp House in Northamptonshire. accompanied their father on a limited number of official engagements in the UK and abroad.in St Paul’s Cathedral who became Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. The Prince of Wales accompanied his two sons. aged 15 and 12 at the time. The Princess was born on 1st July 1961. was a close friend and lady in waiting to The Queen Mother. 8 . From the time of their marriage. In the following years. She lived there until the death in 1975 of her grandfather. at Park House on The Queen’s estate at Sandringham. and Prince Harry. who are second and fourth in line to the throne. On 9th December 1992. The Prince of Wales asked the media to respect his sons’ privacy. then Viscount Althorp and later the eighth Earl Spencer. 1996. Lady Fermoy. The Prime Minister. The Princess lay in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace until the night before the funeral. Her maternal grandmother. The Princess was still regarded as a member of the Royal Family. as they walked behind the coffin from The Mall to Westminster Abbey. John Major. On the day of the funeral. When The Princess was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997. Lady Diana’s father. Ruth. Princes William and Harry. The Prince and Princess of Wales went on overseas tours and carried out many engagements together in the UK. The Prince and Princess of Wales had two sons: Prince William. born on 21st June 1982. had been an equerry to both George VI and The Queen.

The media reported the event as the first visit by a Prince of Wales to this country. Mrs Parker Bowles became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. environmental sustainability. In 1998. The book. It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall should use the title Her Royal Highness The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne. education and faith have been elaborated over many years in a large number of speeches and articles. they were wrong. the built environment. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales paid the first of his annual visits to Romania. Well. 125 Years of Anglo-Romanian 9 . The Service was followed by a reception at Windsor Castle hosted by Her Majesty The Queen. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were joined by around 800 guests at a Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George’s Chapel. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom. The organisations are active across a broad range of areas including education and young people. These interests are also reflected in the list of more than 400 organisations of which His Royal Highness is Patron or President. Windsor. I was able to give an unofficial academic denial in an article published in book form by Humanitas Publishing House along with other articles contributed by Romanian and British colleagues. global sustainability. His Royal Highness developed a wide range of interests which are today reflected in The Prince’s Charities. raising over £100 million annually. The Prince’s interest in fields such as the built environment. The Duchess supports The Prince of Wales in his work. titled Mutual Understanding. After the wedding. A couple of years later. and seek to address areas of previously unmet need. Windsor Castle. youth opportunity. On 9th April 2005. a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is Patron or President. Through the years. dealing with the inception of English studies in Romania and of Romanian studies in the UK. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s long-term and innovative perspective. responsible business and enterprise and international. The Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles were married in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall.

The village. a cultural event organized jointly by the Romanian Embassy and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. I will conclude by saying that His Royal Highness has a magic wand which he wields marvellously: he manages to be in Transylvania even when he is in London. is one of seven localities in Transylvania on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. including one at Viscri. he attended at No. with its 12th century old fortified church. in Braşov County. Luxembourger and Wallon colonisers (called collectively alii Flandrenses) sent by King Géza II of Hungary. with the support of the Romanian Embassy. Act II. in Transylvania. By offering him an honorary degree. scene 2). the summer residence of King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth. a great lover of architecture (as witnessed by his book A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture) has set a personal example to the entire world of how old buildings can be restored and conserved without spoiling the environment. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Recalling Polonius’s words Brevity is the soul of wit (Hamlet. The first ever visit to Romania by an heir apparent to the British Crown took place in late October 1888. on 15th May. to meet Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary for a bear hunting-party in the mountains. It is known worldwide that His Royal Highness owns a few rural properties in Transylvania. The highly distinguished visitor was Edward.Relations. Since 1998. especially in the times of Queen Marie. Viscri (German Weisskirch) is almost twice as old as Bucharest. Exactly a fortnight ago. His Royal Highness has put Romania back on the map of Europe. after which he departed by train to Gheorghieni. Prince of Wales and future king of Great Britain and Emperor of India as Edward VII. was presented at a Symposium hosted by the British Library in London on 12th October 2005. having been settled shortly after 1162 by Saxon.1 Belgrave Square the Festival of Transylvania. Flemish. the University of Bucharest is honouring 10 . where she used to hold a place of honour in the concert of European nations. He spent one day in Bucharest and several days at Peleş Castle in the Carpathians. his great-great aunt. The event was calculated to celebrate the natural beauties and the old traditions of Transylvania as seen through the eyes of contemporary British artists.

the British Commonwealth of Nations and the world at large. By accepting the Degree. cives! Written and spoken on behalf of the University Senate by Professor Emeritus Adrian Nicolescu. the Senatus Academicus and the Rector Magnificus are justly proud to confer upon you the academic degree of Doctor Honoris Causa.itself. formally Vice-Rector in charge of doctorates and research. echoing the poet. As a token of recognition of your exceptional life and work dedicated to the British race. Exegi monumentum aere perennius. this day of 31st May 2014. and epitomized in the motto Ich dien (“I serve”) on your badge that fully entitle you to say. Dignus est intrare in nostrum doctum corpus. Plaudite. His Royal Highness has implicitly acknowledged his perfect awareness of our love and admiration for him. 11 . Your Royal Highness.

14 pm on 14th November 1948. died aged 56 on 6th February 1952. was born at Buckingham Palace at 9. Duke of Edinburgh. in the Scottish peerage. now to be 12 . A proclamation was posted on the Palace railings just before midnight. On The Queen’s accession to the throne. King George VI. announcing that Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth had been safely delivered of a son. of Duke of Rothesay. Baron Renfrew. took on the traditional titles of The Duke of Cornwall under a charter of King Edward III in 1337. in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953. Charles Philip Arthur George was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. Many who watched the Coronation have vivid memories of him seated between his widowed grandmother. when her father. Prince Charles – as the Sovereign’s eldest son – became heir apparent at the age of three. by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Prince. On 15th December. as Heir to The Throne. Dr Geoffrey Fisher. The Prince was four at his mother’s Coronation. Earl of Carrick. The Prince’s mother was proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 25. Lord of the Isles. eldest son of The Queen and Prince Philip. and.Curriculum Vitae His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Biography The Prince of Wales. It was announced later that the baby Prince weighed 7lb 6oz.

Australia. and his aunt. Before the investiture The Prince had spent a term at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth. also took A Levels and was awarded a grade B in history and a C in French. On 8th March 1971 The Prince flew himself to Royal Air Force (RAF) Cranwell in Lincolnshire. On 11th February 1970. and in 1970 was awarded a 2:2 degree. In 1958 while The Prince was at Cheam. The Prince of Wales was appointed school guardian (head boy). When he returned to Gordonstoun for his final year. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh decided that The Prince should go to school rather than have a tutor at the Palace. In September 1971 after the passing out parade at Cranwell. In April 1962 The Prince began his first term at Gordonstoun. following in the footsteps of his 13 . together with a distinction in an optional special history paper in July 1967. The Prince started at Hill House school in West London on 7th November 1956. The Prince was nine-years-old. to train as a jet pilot. a preparatory school in Berkshire. The Queen created him The Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. He was invested as Prince of Wales by The Queen on 1st July 1969 in a colourful ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. learning to speak Welsh. The Prince of Wales spent two terms in 1966 as an exchange student at Timbertop. At his own request. His Royal Highness took his seat in the House of Lords. a school near Elgin in Eastern Scotland which The Duke of Edinburgh had attended. He changed to history for the second part of his degree. the young Prince became a boarder at Cheam School. who had already passed six O Levels. The Prince went to Cambridge University in 1967 to read archaeology and anthropology at Trinity College. a remote outpost of the Geelong Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne. The Prince had received flying instruction from the RAF during his second year at Cambridge.known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Prince embarked on a naval career. The Prince. After 10 months. Princess Margaret.

The Prince and Princess of Wales went on overseas tours and carried out many engagements together in the UK. The Princess was still regarded as a member of the Royal Family. The Prince of Wales flew to Paris with her two sisters to bring her body back to London. The Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul’s Cathedral who became Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales. had been an equerry to both George VI and The Queen. announced to the House of Commons that The Prince and Princess of Wales had agreed to separate. The Princess was born on 1st July 1961. grandfather and both his great-grandfathers.father. On 29th July 1981. From the time of their marriage. born on 15th September 1984. when the family moved to the Spencer family seat at Althorp House in Northamptonshire. The marriage was dissolved on 28th August. born on 21st June 1982. Lady Fermoy. The six-week course at the Royal Naval College. and Prince Harry. The Prime Minister. On 9th February 1976. Lady Diana’s father. The Prince and Princess of Wales had two sons: Prince William. The Prince qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron. She lived there until the death in 1975 of her grandfather. John Major. The Prince took command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington for his last nine months in the Navy. She continued to live at Kensington Palace and to carry out her public work for a number of charities. 1996. The Princess lay in the Chapel Royal at 14 . On 9th December 1992. Ruth. which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes. was a close friend and lady in waiting to The Queen Mother. at Park House on The Queen’s estate at Sandringham. When The Princess was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997. was followed by service on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. the 7th Earl. then Viscount Althorp and later the eighth Earl Spencer. Norfolk. Her maternal grandmother. Dartmouth.

Princes William and Harry. Windsor. These interests are also reflected in the list of more than 400 organisations of which His Royal Highness is Patron or President. On the day of the funeral. Through the years. The Service was followed by a reception at Windsor Castle hosted by Her Majesty The Queen. raising over £100 million annually. With them were The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess’s brother. The Prince of Wales accompanied his two sons. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s long-term and innovative perspective. His Royal Highness developed a wide range of interests which are today reflected in The Prince’s Charities. and seek to address areas of previously unmet need. The Duchess supports The Prince of Wales in his work.St James’s Palace until the night before the funeral. On 9th April 2005. The Prince of Wales asked the media to respect his sons’ privacy. Mrs Parker Bowles became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. The organisations are active across a broad range of areas including education and young people. a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is Patron or President. who are second and fourth in line to the throne. The Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker Bowles were married in a civil ceremony at the Guildhall. After the wedding. Earl Spencer. environmental sustainability. It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall should use the title Her Royal Highness The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne. responsible business and enterprise and international. The Prince’s interest in fields such as the built environment. In the following years. accompanied their father on a limited number of official engagements in the UK and abroad. to allow them to lead a normal school life. as they walked behind the coffin from The Mall to Westminster Abbey. Windsor Castle. 15 . The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were joined by around 800 guests at a Service of Prayer and Dedication at St George’s Chapel. aged 15 and 12 at the time. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom. the built environment.

After a 6 pm high tea. youth opportunity. Dr Hahn had developed a regime founded on belief in an egalitarian society. On 14th August 1957. Buckingham Palace announced that The Prince would go to school. near Newbury. had been among the first pupils when the school was opened in 1934 by Dr Kurt Hahn. The Prince was taken to Gordonstoun by The 16 . The Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince’s father. The school days began at 7. The Prince began his first term on 23rd September 1957. and service to others is more important than self-service. attended Hill House School in West London full time from 28th January 1957.15 am with the rising bell. Education On 10th May 1955. bedtime for the younger boys was 6. that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales would attend Gordonstoun. Buckingham Palace announced that The Prince would attend Cheam. Berks. On 1st May 1962. joined in school games of football and rugby. as had previous Heirs to The Throne. and took part in amateur dramatics. The Prince had started his time at Cheam as the eight-year-old Duke of Cornwall. which had been attended by his father from 1930 to 1933. with firm principles of human conduct: the strong must be courteous to the weak. education and faith have been elaborated over many years in a large number of speeches and articles. prayers were at 7. the preparatory school at Headley. He left on 1st April 1962 as the 13-year-old Prince of Wales. rather than have a private tutor.global sustainability.45 pm. breakfast was at 8 and lessons began at 9.45. who had received private tuition in the Palace nursery for 18 months from his governess Catherine Peebles. The Prince. During five years at Cheam. Buckingham Palace announced on 23rd January 1962. the public school on the shores of the Moray Firth in Scotland. He was appointed Head Boy in his final year. The Prince played cricket for the First Eleven.

Australia. The Prince joined in a school trip to Papua New Guinea. King George VI. The Prince’s grandfather. When The Prince returned to Gordonstoun for his final year. the first Heir to The Throne to sit public examinations. On 8th April 1968. From February to July 1966. took his GCE O Levels at the age of 16. the results of which were published on 14th June 1968. also gaining a distinction in an optional special paper in history. who piloted a Heron of the Queen’s Flight from Heathrow to RAF Lossiemouth before the final drive to the school. In his first examination at Cambridge. English literature. passing English language. He took his A Levels in July 1967. it was announced that The Prince had decided to change from archaeology and anthropology to history from the next academic year starting in October. The Prince. The Prince of Wales spent two terms at Timbertop. In March 1967 he played the Pirate King in a school production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Latin. after years of communal living. After seeing examples of the folk art of the Papuan people. French and history – and later mathematics. from October 1919. The Prince expressed concern in an essay that traditions there were being allowed to wither. The Prince was awarded a 2:1 in the first part 17 . Cambridge. economics and civics for a year at the same college. he was made school guardian. The Prince of Wales spent time studying archaeological sites in France and taking part in excavations in Jersey. led by his history tutor Michael Persse. The Prince chose to take a first year course in archaeology and physical and social anthropology and arrived at Trinity College on 8th October 1967. a theme he took up later in his life. In March and April 1968. rather than straight into the Armed Forces. had studied history. a remote annexe of Geelong Church of England Grammar School in Melbourne. or Head Boy and. The Prince went on to university. While attending Timbertop.Duke of Edinburgh. getting a B in history and a C in French. was given his own study bedroom. and in Autumn 1967 he arrived at Trinity College.

an antiques expert and a weather forecaster and in another. In his debut at a Cambridge Union debate. in November 1968 and appeared in two of the society’s annual revues. As part of the social side of university life. Quiet Flows the Don. which were to remain central to his thinking over the coming decades.of the archaeology and anthropology exams. The Prince joined Trinity’s drama group. On 2nd August 1975. 18 . His Royal Highness. piloting a Royal Air Force helicopter. where he studied Welsh and the history of the Principality. he played the part of a church padre in the society’s production of Joe Orton’s black comedy Erpingham Camp. The Prince played a sports commentator. In April 1969. and suggested there was sometimes a need for the purpose of new developments to be questioned. The Prince left the University College of Wales in June 1969. On 23rd June 1970.” he said. a week before his Investiture as Prince of Wales by The Queen at Caernarfon on 1st July. returned to Cambridge to receive his MA. being formally introduced into the House of Lords and attending his first Privy Council. On 10th March 1970. Australia and Japan. “I am in a slightly difficult position. returning on 15th April in time for the start of his final term at Trinity. The Prince flew from Heathrow Airport to visit New Zealand. and of the pollution which could be the result. The Prince of Wales raised in public some of his concerns about the environment and conservation. He expressed concern at the extent to which people had become creatures of technology. The Prince made it clear that he was not formally for or against the motion. The Prince of Wales – the first Heir to The Throne ever to take a degree – was awarded a 2:2. On 12th May 1970. the Dryden Society. he spoke to the motion that “This house believes that technological advance threatens the individuality of man and is becoming his master”. The Prince of Wales left Cambridge to spend a term at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth. Other royal duties during The Prince’s final year at Cambridge included attending the State Opening of Parliament. In the 1970 revue.

to start advanced training to qualify as a jet pilot. On 15th September. On 1st May 1973. During the next two and a half years. The Prince of Wales was promoted to Acting Lieutenant. Lord Mountbatten. Acapulco and Bermuda. in her role as Commander-in-Chief. The Prince joined the Royal Naval College. when he started a four-month attachment with the Royal Air Force at Cranwell. The Prince joined the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton for helicopter flying training. The Duke of Edinburgh. On 2nd September 1974. Western Samoa. Military Career On 16th June 2012. Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. While training for his bridge watch-keeping certificate. San Francisco. This included an exercise during which he was released from a chamber 100 ft below the surface of a water tank. The Prince attended a fourmonth course at Portsmouth and served on four more ships. New Zealand. had both been at Dartmouth. The appointment recognises the dedicated support of Hir Royal Highness to The Queen. A 1974 Pacific voyage on the frigate HMS Jupiter included calls at Singapore. Tonga. Flight Lieutenant The Prince of Wales was awarded his RAF wings at Cranwell on 20th August 1971. The Prince of Wales is Admiral of the Fleet. in a twin-engined Basset of The Queen’s Flight. and his great-uncle. Gosport. under the graduate entry scheme. Nearly two months later. His Royal Highness began his career in the Armed Services in March 1971. Lincolnshire. The Prince attended a one-day course in escaping from a submarine. Dartmouth. and flew himself to Cranwell on 8th March. as Acting Sub-Lieutenant. Honolulu. before being assigned to 19 . In February 1972. The Prince flew in a troop-carrying RAF Britannia to join the destroyer HMS Norfolk at Gibraltar. Her Majesty The Queen appointed The Prince of Wales honorary five-star rank in all three services. at HMS Dolphin. The Prince attended a one-day course in the submarine HMS Churchill. The Prince had already gained his private pilot’s licence.

On being appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment. By the time he left in 1977. 15 years later. grandfather. In 2006. His Royal Highness was following in the footsteps of his father. to Captain in the Royal Navy and Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. General in the Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force. ending on 15th December 1976. The Duke of Edinburgh. By joining The Royal Navy.” said The Prince. The Prince was promoted to Admiral in the Royal Navy. 20 . His Royal Highness had completed more than five years active service in the Royal Navy. Greenwich. The following January he was promoted to the rank of Commander. the Ministry of Defence announced that The Prince of Wales had been promoted to “2-star” Rank in all three Services of the Armed Forces to coincide with his 50th birthday. a few months before he was 30. The Prince felt he could not “look them in the eye” or wear the Parachute Regiment’s famous beret and wings badge unless he had done the course. he told his biographer. the minehunter HMS Bronington. Following a lieutenant’s course at the Royal Naval College. “I felt I should lead from the front or at least be able to do some of the things that one expects others to do for the country. The Prince of Wales holds honorary rank and appointments in many branches and regiments of the Armed Services. Air Marshal in the Royal Air Force and Lieutenant General in the Army. for the final ten months of his active service in the Royal Navy. His Royal Highness was again promoted in all three Services on th his 54 birthday in 2002. Dartmouth.845 Naval Air Squadron as a pilot on board the commando carrier HMS Hermes. He was promoted again. in September 1971 and nearly two months later left to join his first ship. The Prince joined the Royal Naval College. on his 40th birthday in 1988. The Prince asked to take part in the parachute training course. On 14th November 1998. becoming Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. King George VI and two great-grandfathers. The Prince was given command of his own ship. Jonathan Dimbleby.

make a substantial contribution to the country’s economic growth. due to mass migration. On his first visit to Transylvania. Sadly. The Prince was struck by the legacy of this area. In 2006. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is a passionate believer that the unique landscape of Romania is not only of global importance but could. that were built centuries ago by German settlers. which has existed for hundreds of years. 21 . through the promotion of sustainable tourism. if managed in a sensitive and integrated way. who were encouraged to go there to help withstand Tartar and Turkish invasions. He has said that he was particularly moved by the plight of the remarkable fortified Saxon villages in Transylvania. The Prince bought and renovated two houses in rural Romania to help protect the unique way of life. In addition.The Romanian legacy in the vision of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has a long-standing interest in Romania and has visited the country regularly since his first visit in 1998. many of these villages have ageing populations and are in decline.

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