The Hungarian language is usually regarded as difficult for a foreigner. There are a lot of personal confessions and videos about that circulating on social media. Therefore, it is rare that, apart from some words of greeting, a foreign celebrity, politician or member of a royal family, learned more in Hungarian. However, King Charles III made a struggle and succeeded. Here is a video from 2021 testifying that.
Hungary and the United Kingdom celebrated the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The two countries celebrated, and the Prince of Wales sent a video greeting not only the President of Hungary but also the Hungarian people.
“We are especially delighted to hear some Hungarian words in the video”, the embassy of Hungary in London wrote then. The later King Charles III not only begins his thoughts in Hungarian, but he also concludes them in our language.
In his address to the president and the Hungarian people, Charles cleared that there was a deep friendship between the two nations. He also expressed his belief that Hungary will be an ally of the United Kingdom in struggling against climate change and biodiversity loss.
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He also said that the United Kingdom hosts the largest Hungarian-born population outside the Carpathian Basin. They make the most extraordinary and much-valued contribution to all walks of British life.
He also talked about the Chain Bridge, a beautiful emblem of Budapest designed by the British William Tierney Clark and constructed under the supervision of the Scottish engineer Adam Clark. He mentioned Count István Széchenyi, who visited England 200 years ago and introduced horseracing in Hungary following the English tradition.
Charles also mentioned that his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Hungary three times between 1973 and 1984 to attend equestrian championships. He returned to Hungary in 1993 with Her Majesty the Queen.
He himself visited Hungary two times: in 1990 and 2010. Furthermore, he had two birthday parties, the 60th and the 70th, at which Szalonna és bandája performed in Buckingham Palace. We wrote about the king’s favourite Hungarian song in THIS article.
Below, you may watch the full video. You should pay attention, especially on the first and last sentence, which the king says in Hungarian:
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