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  • Charles visited the Muzel Satului (Village Museum), Bucharest on Thursday 
  • Royal touched down in Romania yesterday for start of his European tour
  • He was awarded the Order of the Star of Romania by President Iohannis
  • The trip has been seen as a 'bridge-building exercise' in light of Brexit 

By Unity Blott For Mailonline

Published: 05:10 EDT, 30 March 2017 | Updated: 10:18 EDT, 30 March 2017

The Prince of Wales was given the warmest of welcomes when he visited an orphanage in Romania today.

Charles, 68, was visiting the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, just outside of Bucharest on the second day of his nine day European tour, when Amalia Paduraru and her sister Antonia ran up to embrace him - with one even planting a kiss on his cheek.

The royal, who is patron of the charity, met with young people and children housed by FARA, as well as a group of key supporters and young adults who have graduated from their programme.

Earlier, he visited the Patriarchal Cathedral and was welcomed to The Romanian Patriarchy by Patriarch Daniel. 

Charles is given a warm welcome by two local girls as she arrives at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, near Bucharest, on the second day of his 'Brexit tour' of Europe Charles is given a warm welcome by two local girls as she arrives at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, near Bucharest, on the second day of his 'Brexit tour' of Europe

Charles is given a warm welcome by two local girls as she arrives at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni, near Bucharest, on the second day of his 'Brexit tour' of Europe

The royal, who is patron of FARA, he will meet young people and children housed by the charity, as well as  key supporters and young adults that graduated from FARA programme The royal, who is patron of FARA, he will meet young people and children housed by the charity, as well as  key supporters and young adults that graduated from FARA programme

The royal, who is patron of FARA, he will meet young people and children housed by the charity, as well as key supporters and young adults that graduated from FARA programme

Amalia Paduraru and her sister Antonia, who are housed by the FARA Foundation charity, were among the first to greet the Prince of Wales when he arrived at Popesti Leordeni Amalia Paduraru and her sister Antonia, who are housed by the FARA Foundation charity, were among the first to greet the Prince of Wales when he arrived at Popesti Leordeni

Amalia Paduraru and her sister Antonia, who are housed by the FARA Foundation charity, were among the first to greet the Prince of Wales when he arrived at Popesti Leordeni

Charles kicked off his second day in Romania on Thursday morning with an impromptu shopping trip at a local museum followed by a traditional dance.

He was seen browsing a stall selling painted Easter eggs at the Muzel Satului (National Village Museum), Bucharest on Thursday morning where he learned about the country's cultural heritage. 

The royal, who was dressed in a pale grey suit and pocket square, touched down in the Romanian capital yesterday afternoon for the start of his nine-day trip to Europe and last night met the country's President, Klaus Iohannis, at a formal reception at Cotroceni Palace. 

Flanked by locals in traditional folk dress and a young girl holding a Romanian flag, Charles looked to be in good spirits this morning as he continued in his action-packed itinerary.  

Prince Charles holds hands with dancers in traditional folk dress as he visits village museum in Bucharest on the second day of his Romania visit - he will be joined by Camilla tomorrow Prince Charles holds hands with dancers in traditional folk dress as he visits village museum in Bucharest on the second day of his Romania visit - he will be joined by Camilla tomorrow

Prince Charles holds hands with dancers in traditional folk dress as he visits village museum in Bucharest on the second day of his Romania visit - he will be joined by Camilla tomorrow

Charles shares a joke with Paula Popoiu, manager of the National Village Musuem where he viewed exhibitions and live demonstrations of traditional Romanian craft this morning Charles shares a joke with Paula Popoiu, manager of the National Village Musuem where he viewed exhibitions and live demonstrations of traditional Romanian craft this morning

Charles shares a joke with Paula Popoiu, manager of the National Village Musuem where he viewed exhibitions and live demonstrations of traditional Romanian craft this morning

Prince Charles visits the Muzel Satului (Village Museum), Bucharest on Thursday morning, after meeting with the country's President Iohannis on the first day of his European tour Prince Charles visits the Muzel Satului (Village Museum), Bucharest on Thursday morning, after meeting with the country's President Iohannis on the first day of his European tour

Prince Charles visits the Muzel Satului (Village Museum), Bucharest on Thursday morning, after meeting with the country's President Iohannis on the first day of his European tour

Last night, Charles was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, by President Iohannis.

In a speech, Charles said that he would 'treasure this honour as a special symbol of my great affection for Romania and her people and of the warm relationship between our two countries'.

He added: 'It means a great deal to me to have built a special partnership with Romania. I know the United Kingdom has also built a very deep and special partnership with your country and I know that will endure, as will my own.'  

Dressed in a pale grey suit and formal tie, the royal looked rather dour compared to his brightly-dressed hosts as museum staff showed him around the grounds Dressed in a pale grey suit and formal tie, the royal looked rather dour compared to his brightly-dressed hosts as museum staff showed him around the grounds

Dressed in a pale grey suit and formal tie, the royal looked rather dour compared to his brightly-dressed hosts as museum staff showed him around the grounds

Charles and Paulia Popoiu get involved in a traditional folk dance. The royal also learned about renovation techniques from throughout the country during his museum visit today Charles and Paulia Popoiu get involved in a traditional folk dance. The royal also learned about renovation techniques from throughout the country during his museum visit today

Charles and Paulia Popoiu get involved in a traditional folk dance. The royal also learned about renovation techniques from throughout the country during his museum visit today

A jolly good sport: The royal appeared to have got the hang of it as he joined brightly-clad dancers in the grounds of the museum on a sunny spring morning A jolly good sport: The royal appeared to have got the hang of it as he joined brightly-clad dancers in the grounds of the museum on a sunny spring morning

A jolly good sport: The royal appeared to have got the hang of it as he joined brightly-clad dancers in the grounds of the museum on a sunny spring morning

Welcome home: Charles said last night he was proud of his Romanian heritage, explaining: 'My great, great aunt was the much-loved Queen Marie of Romania from 1914-1938' Welcome home: Charles said last night he was proud of his Romanian heritage, explaining: 'My great, great aunt was the much-loved Queen Marie of Romania from 1914-1938'

Welcome home: Charles said last night he was proud of his Romanian heritage, explaining: 'My great, great aunt was the much-loved Queen Marie of Romania from 1914-1938'

Vibrant: Charles watched a traditional Romanian dance as part of the museum visit Vibrant: Charles watched a traditional Romanian dance as part of the museum visit

Vibrant: Charles watched a traditional Romanian dance as part of the museum visit

After his museum visit on Thursday morning, Charles met with Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania, at his office in Bucharest before touring Văcărești Nature Park. 

There, he visited the Bird Observatory, located on the 17th floor of the Asmita Tower building before exploring the wetlands and the Văcărești ecosystem, meeting volunteers and students that have been involved in the park association activities, as well as residents. 

Charles also opened a bird hide, the first facility available for future visitors of the park, and planted a willow tree to mark his visit. 

In a poignant speech last night, Charles said: 'I know the United Kingdom has also built a very deep and special partnership with your country and I know that will endure, as will my own' In a poignant speech last night, Charles said: 'I know the United Kingdom has also built a very deep and special partnership with your country and I know that will endure, as will my own'

In a poignant speech last night, Charles said: 'I know the United Kingdom has also built a very deep and special partnership with your country and I know that will endure, as will my own'

The royal added that it meant 'a great deal to me to have built a special partnership with Romania' as he addressed politicians and dignitaries at Cotroceni Palace last night The royal added that it meant 'a great deal to me to have built a special partnership with Romania' as he addressed politicians and dignitaries at Cotroceni Palace last night

The royal added that it meant 'a great deal to me to have built a special partnership with Romania' as he addressed politicians and dignitaries at Cotroceni Palace last night

The royal also told the President during Wednesday night's reception that it was his wish to 'help to remind Romanians of the uniqueness of their culture' The royal also told the President during Wednesday night's reception that it was his wish to 'help to remind Romanians of the uniqueness of their culture'

The royal also told the President during Wednesday night's reception that it was his wish to 'help to remind Romanians of the uniqueness of their culture'

Charles meets museum staff in traditional Romanian dress. Last night he was presented with the Order of the Star of Romania - an honour which he said he 'treasure' for years to come Charles meets museum staff in traditional Romanian dress. Last night he was presented with the Order of the Star of Romania - an honour which he said he 'treasure' for years to come

Charles meets museum staff in traditional Romanian dress. Last night he was presented with the Order of the Star of Romania - an honour which he said he 'treasure' for years to come

Souvenir: The royal is given a gift of handmade leather shoes as a token of his visit to the National Village Museum. After today he will travel to Italy and Austria with Camilla Souvenir: The royal is given a gift of handmade leather shoes as a token of his visit to the National Village Museum. After today he will travel to Italy and Austria with Camilla

Souvenir: The royal is given a gift of handmade leather shoes as a token of his visit to the National Village Museum. After today he will travel to Italy and Austria with Camilla

Steeped in history: Charles looks around in wonder at a hall within the Village Museum  Steeped in history: Charles looks around in wonder at a hall within the Village Museum 

Steeped in history: Charles looks around in wonder at a hall within the Village Museum 

Văcărești is an urban wetlands area, boasting a diverse ecosystem home to birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is formed on a site of a hydrotechnical project started by the Communist regime in 1986, which was left unfinished, according to Clarence House.  

Charles, who will be joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall in Italy tomorrow, travelled in the prime ministerial jet dubbed 'Cam Force One' and was greeted by a small delegation of Romanian and British officials. 

The tour will also include visits to Italy and Austria, with the Duchess of Cornwall due to join her husband on Friday.  

The Prince looks delighted with his new shoes - although it's they'll meet the requirements for formal attire expected at official engagements back at Buckingham Palace The Prince looks delighted with his new shoes - although it's they'll meet the requirements for formal attire expected at official engagements back at Buckingham Palace

The Prince looks delighted with his new shoes - although it's they'll meet the requirements for formal attire expected at official engagements back at Buckingham Palace

Charles' leather shoes. The purpose of his visit to the museum today was to meet locals and to traditional Romanian craft and renovation techniques from throughout the country Charles' leather shoes. The purpose of his visit to the museum today was to meet locals and to traditional Romanian craft and renovation techniques from throughout the country

Charles' leather shoes. The purpose of his visit to the museum today was to meet locals and to traditional Romanian craft and renovation techniques from throughout the country

Charles was seen browsing a stall selling painted Easter eggs at the museum - after he was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, last night Charles was seen browsing a stall selling painted Easter eggs at the museum - after he was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, last night

Charles was seen browsing a stall selling painted Easter eggs at the museum - after he was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, last night

Something for Camilla? The royal, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall tomorrow, is believed to be on a mission to strengthen ties with the continent in the light of Brexit  Something for Camilla? The royal, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall tomorrow, is believed to be on a mission to strengthen ties with the continent in the light of Brexit 

Something for Camilla? The royal, who will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall tomorrow, is believed to be on a mission to strengthen ties with the continent in the light of Brexit 

The royal, who was dressed in a pale grey suit and pocket square, touched down in the Romanian capital yesterday afternoon for the start of his nine-day trip to Europe The royal, who was dressed in a pale grey suit and pocket square, touched down in the Romanian capital yesterday afternoon for the start of his nine-day trip to Europe

The royal, who was dressed in a pale grey suit and pocket square, touched down in the Romanian capital yesterday afternoon for the start of his nine-day trip to Europe

After his museum visit on Thursday morning, Charles met with Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania, in his office at the Palatul Victoria, Bucharest After his museum visit on Thursday morning, Charles met with Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania, in his office at the Palatul Victoria, Bucharest

After his museum visit on Thursday morning, Charles met with Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania, in his office at the Palatul Victoria, Bucharest

Charles chats to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Palatul Victoria ahead of their official meeting Charles chats to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Palatul Victoria ahead of their official meeting
The meeting comes just hours after the royal spoke of his 'great affection' for the country The meeting comes just hours after the royal spoke of his 'great affection' for the country

Charles chats to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Palatul Victoria ahead of their official meeting - just hours after the royal spoke of his 'great affection' for the country

The pair sit down for a meeting at Palatul Victoria. Last night, Charles was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, by President Iohannis The pair sit down for a meeting at Palatul Victoria. Last night, Charles was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, by President Iohannis

The pair sit down for a meeting at Palatul Victoria. Last night, Charles was awarded The Order of the Star of Romania, Romania’s highest civilian order, by President Iohannis

The royals continue their 'Brexit charm offensive'

The trip has been seen by some as a bridge building visit to strengthen ties with the continent in the light of Brexit.   

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Paris two weeks ago The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Paris two weeks ago

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Paris two weeks ago

By the end of the year the royal family, dubbed the unofficial 'Brexit Ambassadors', will have visited the majority of the EU's major member states - France, Germany, Italy and Poland - with the King of Spain also coming to the UK for a state visit. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said of the tour: 'Royal visits play a very important role in the United Kingdom's bilateral diplomacy.

'The Royal Family are excellent and experienced ambassadors for the United Kingdom. Whilst every royal visit is unique, each visit is designed to support foreign policy objectives and promote closer ties across a range of areas, for example cultural, economic or political, between the UK and the host country.'

Highlights from Charles and Camilla's trip include an audience with Pope Francis, while the Prince will meet survivors of last summer's Italian earthquake and the Duchess will tour the world famous Roman town of Herculaneum.

Charles has visited Italy many times and also has a close connection with Romania, as he has a country retreat in the remote village of Valea Zalanului in the region of Transylvania.

The pair will fly around the continent in the converted RAF A330 Voyager refuelling aircraft which was used by David Cameron when he was in office. 

After his meeting with the Prime Minister, Charles visited nearby Văcărești Nature Park, pictured, where he explored the wetlands and learned about its thriving ecosystem After his meeting with the Prime Minister, Charles visited nearby Văcărești Nature Park, pictured, where he explored the wetlands and learned about its thriving ecosystem

After his meeting with the Prime Minister, Charles visited nearby Văcărești Nature Park, pictured, where he explored the wetlands and learned about its thriving ecosystem

Charles and Dan Barbulescu, executive manager of Văcărești Nature Park Association plant a willow tree at the park, which is home to a diverse ecosystem of birds, mammals, and reptiles Charles and Dan Barbulescu, executive manager of Văcărești Nature Park Association plant a willow tree at the park, which is home to a diverse ecosystem of birds, mammals, and reptiles

Charles and Dan Barbulescu, executive manager of Văcărești Nature Park Association plant a willow tree at the park, which is home to a diverse ecosystem of birds, mammals, and reptiles

Charles rolls up his sleeves to plant a willow at Văcărești Charles rolls up his sleeves to plant a willow at Văcărești
Văcărești was formed on a site of a hydrotechnical project started by the Communist regime in 1986, which was left unfinished Văcărești was formed on a site of a hydrotechnical project started by the Communist regime in 1986, which was left unfinished

Charles rolls up his sleeves to plant a willow at Văcărești, formed on a site of a hydrotechnical project started by the Communist regime in 1986, which was left unfinished

The royal also met with volunteers and students who have been involved in the park association activities, as well as residents, during his tour of Văcărești National Park The royal also met with volunteers and students who have been involved in the park association activities, as well as residents, during his tour of Văcărești National Park

The royal also met with volunteers and students who have been involved in the park association activities, as well as residents, during his tour of Văcărești National Park

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