Zalánpatak (Valea Zălanuluihad) had an unexpected guest today. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, had quite a busy day in the quaint Szekler village. Receiving guests, touring the surrounding fields, and walking around the village were only a couple of things on his schedule. He even made a toast in the barn of his new house. Read below for more.
Since early in the morning, TV reporters have been swarming the yard of a house in Zalánpatak. They are keeping an attentive eye on what is happening in house number 1, reports Háromszék.
Suddenly, one of them spotted the Prince of Wales himself, casually walking down the porch.
Not only that, but around the barn, workers were pitching tents, and women were setting up tables. These preparations only lasted a short while. The member of the British royal family kindly asked the TV and press to move aside – preferably to a place where they are hard to see. This is because Prince Charles and his guests were preparing to dine, which requires utmost privacy. The head of the British guards promised something in return. If the press left Prince Charles alone for a while, they would have ample time to take pictures of him around the village. Around 2 pm, he and his guests took a stroll around the settlement.
The following two hours were quiet but full of suspense. Only the arrival of new guests was causing a commotion. Soon, Countess Anna Kálnoky appeared at the gate, accompanied by her son and some close acquaintances. At the time previously promised, the royalty set off on their tour around Zalánpatak. The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Count Tibor Kálnoky, came out through the gate of the house.
Prince Charles refused to talk to the press, but he did quickly answer a couple of questions: “After three years, I am delighted to be back in this wonderful region,” Prince Charles commented.
A press member from the above source managed to gather a bit of information. The locals shared the information they had. Prince Charles bought a new house and a parcel of land by the edge of the village. Something is going to happen there, locals added. The Prince of Wales is already the owner of private property around the settlement, as an article by Travel to Transylvania mentions.
The new site was easy to spot. An imposing barn stood there, open from both sides. Inside were tables, already set. A cheerful group of people soon entered, but the press had to leave yet again. As this was a private property, they could not stay. Following this, joyful laughter and the sound of clinking glasses could be heard outside.
After twenty minutes or so, the group left for their outing. At this point, more photos could be shot: the guests trekked through bushes and streams to continue their excursion in the meadows.
Their walk lasted almost two hours, and when they arrived at the ducal estate, Prince Charles had this to say: “How come you’re still here?”
The distinguished guest is visiting Sasfehéregyháza and the surrounding area later today.
Source: 3szek.ro, traveltotransylvania.hu