Prince Charles is snapped hiking on his estate in Transylvania

Prince Charles is snapped hiking on his estate in Transylvania

May 27, 2022

Prince Charles goes hiking on his estate in Transylvania as he takes a short break ahead of Jubilee celebrations

  • Prince Charles, 73, has been photographed hiking on his estate in Transylvania
  • The royal has regularly visited Romania since buying the property in the late 90s
  • During the hike, he was seen gesturing animatedly with some other hikers
  • One day earlier, the royal was snapped meeting Ukrainian refugees in Bucharest 

Prince Charles has been snapped having an animated conversation during a hike on his Transylvanian estate in Romania.

The royal, 73, whose estate is in Valea Zalanului, Szeklerland, has ancestry in Transylvania. His maternal great-great-great-grandmother Klaudia Rhedey was born and raised in the region.

Charles, who bought the estate in the late ’90s, and has been a regular visitor to Romania since, was spotted wearing sensible walking shoes and slacks for the hike.

He also carried a pair of binoculars, slung around his neck, and carried a stick for tackling some of the visibly uneven terrain. 

Prince Charles (pictured, centre) was snapped while taking a walk on his Transylvanian estate yesterday, a day after visiting Ukrainian refugees in Romania

At one point, the 73-year-old royal was seen gesturing animatedly to one of his walking companions, while the pair were in conversation

During the hike, he was accompanied by a group, and was seen talking with them, and gesturing animatedly.

The walk came a day after the royal visited Ukrainian refugees, during an unannounced tour of the Romexpo donation centre for refugees in the capital Bucharest.

Prince Charles was joined by local and national politicians during the appointment.

He was also accompanied by a distant relative, Margareta, head of the Romanian royal family.

At some points during the hike, the royal was seen sporting a pair of sunglasses to shield his eyes from the sun. He also carried a wide-brimmed hat


The royal appeared to be in good spirits as he tackled the uneven terrain, using a stick as he navigated rough ground, and even trekked through shallow water

Prince Charles (pictured, centre) bought the estate in Transylvania in the late 90s, and has been a regular visitor to Romania since

While Margareta does not use her title of Queen of Romania, she is known as the Custodian of the Romanian Crown. 

More than a million Ukrainians have crossed the border into Romania since the Russian invasion, after having to flee their homeland. 

During the tour, the royal met a number of those who’d been displaced, telling them he is ‘full of admiration for the Ukrainian people’, describing the situation as a ‘nightmare’.  

The prince’s tour of the donation centre is the latest in a series of events he has attended to show solidarity with the plight of Ukraine and its people.

He has been a regular visitor to Romania over the past 20 years and set up the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania to support the development of farming, traditional skills and the preservation of historic buildings through training.

It is thought Charles is spending time privately in the country ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations which begin next week.  

The day before his walk, the royal met with Ukrainian refugees in Romania, accompanied by his distant relative Margareta, Custodian of Romanian Crown (right)

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