King Charles III arrives in Romania for first visit after coronation

Britain’s King Charles III was received with military honors at Romania’s presidential palace in Bucharest on Friday, as he kicked off his solo visit in the eastern European country.

The anthems of Great Britain and Romania sounded out as the country’s President Klaus Iohannis, who attended Charles’ coronation in London last month, welcomed the newly crowned king.

The meet-and-greet on the red carpet was followed by a reception attended by about 300 people, including several government officials and civil society members.

Charles’ trip to Romania is his first abroad since he was crowned king on May 6.

“The King has begun his first overseas visit since his coronation, traveling to Romania for a private solo stay in the country’s Transylvanian region,” according to Buckingham Palace.

“It is not known how long Charles will spend in Romania,” it added.

At the reception, Charles said he has “always felt rather at home in Romania” in a possible reference to his links to infamous Vlad the Impaler through his great-grandmother Queen Mary.

“I’ve come to love Romania: your culture and art, your heritage and history, your sweeping landscapes and priceless biodiversity,” he said, addressing the attendees in Romanian at times.

The royal environmentalist praised Romania for still being “home to many species of flora and fauna that have disappeared or are threatened elsewhere in Europe and the world.”

President Iohannis credited the king’s renovation efforts in Romania with making locals realise “how precious traditions, customs and crafts passed down from generations are”.

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