A Romanian mayor has offered the heir to the throne an honorary title because of his fondness for the area, where he has two holiday homes
He has been king in waiting for a long time but now Prince Charles has been offered another title – Prince of Transylvania.
The invitation has come from a Romanian mayor and is an honorary title because of the heir’s love of the area.
Charles owns two 400-year-old holiday homes in the area and is said to be ‘bewitched’ by Transylvania, its countryside and environment.
The Prince is also descended from Vlad The Impaler , the local ruler who put his enemies on wooden spikes and became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The Mayor of the city of Alba Iulia, the former capital of Transylvania, has now extended a formal invitation to the Prince of Wales to receive the honorific title of Prince of Transylvania.
In a letter to Prince Charles Mayor 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.”
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 cottages that the public can rent.
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.
He visits the area at least once a year.
The Prince has said in the past: “Transylvania is in my blood.”
Prince Charles discovered his link to the notorious killer – who is said to have covered a hill with so many impaled men it looked like a forest – after he made his first trip to Romania in 1998.
It is believed that Queen Mary, consort of George V, Charles’ great-grandfather, was related to the 15th Century slayer – and the Prince of Wales certainly seems delighted by the idea.
“The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country,” he joked in a documentary on the Carpathian Mountains.