- Prince Charles fell in love with Romania on his very first visit
- He now regularly returns to the country for holidays
- He has two properties out there that are available for the public to rent
A British double-decker bus, covered in images from the Carpathian Forest, has drawn up outside the British Ambassador’s residence in Bucharest.
The top floor has been converted into a classroom, its seats occupied by Romanian schoolchildren. A familiar head appears up the stairs. ‘What have I missed?’ asks Prince Charles. ‘Bears! Wolves! Red squirrels!’ the children shout.
The Prince of Wales is here to support The European Nature Trust, which has turned the bus into a mobile classroom as part of its campaign to save the forests and wildlife of Romania.
It’s a subject close to Charles’s heart. He first came here in 1998 on an official visit – the only time he’s visited on business.
He fell so much under the spell of the place that he bought a house in one of the wooden villages, then acquired another property which he’s turned into a comfortable lodge.
He makes a private visit for a few days every year if he can, preferably in May when the wild flowers are out, and both houses can be rented when Charles isn’t there.
The meadows of Romania are spectacular with a huge variety of species – as many as six times more to the square metre than can be found in Britain – as they’ve never been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides.