Prince Charles Foundation in Romania - Happy 1st Anniversary
One should start with a simple "Thank you, Your Majesty!" but after almost 20 years since his first visit to Romania, we have to say more than a simple "thank you".
Prince Charles Foundation in Romania - HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY!
One should start with a simple "Thank you, your Majesty!" but after almost 20 years since his Majesty's first visit to Romania, we have to say more than a simple "thank you".
I think we really should start the article with the name of Mrs. Jessica Douglas-Home from UK, the founder of Mihai Eminescu Trust, who is actually one of those few persons who offered the incentives to Prince Charles start falling in love with Transylvania.
Mrs. Jessica Douglas-Home has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Spectator and The Wall Street Journal and she been in Romania starting with 1987 when she was connected to Romanian philosophers and historians, helping them to keep their subject alive.
The Mihai Eminescu Trust was set up initially to help individual philosophers and historians, but changed its role to helping universities. Then, by chance, Mrs Jessica Douglas-Home came across the Saxon Villages, where she felt in love with one particular village, Viscri, with a beautiful church since 14th Century and its altar piece which had been totally abandoned. Another person to mention is Mrs. Caroline Fernolend - the current Executive Director of Mihai Eminescu Trust - who helped Mrs. Jessica Douglas-Home to learn about the mass of other fortified churches and villages in Transylvania. All the information about the Saxons, Romanians and Hungarians who lived in the area was absolutely fascinating. This led Mrs. Jessica Douglas-Home to have William Blacker and her to publish a book written by William Blacker - The Plight of the Saxons of Transylvania - telling the West about this extraordinary enclave in Romania.
"The Plight of the Saxons of Transylvania" came to the notice of Prince Charles. When he saw this booklet he became equally fascinated.
Soon after that, Prince Charles became the patron of Mihai Eminescu Trust.