The Royal Saxons of Europe

Text from the Duchy of Cornwall web site:-

http://www.duchyofcornwallholidaycottages.co.uk/about-the-duchy/romania.php

 

The Prince of Wales’ properties in Romania

 

The Prince of Wales has bought and renovated properties in rural Romania to help protect the unique way of life that has existed for hundreds of years through the promotion of sustainable tourism.

His Royal Highness has a long-standing interest in Romania and has visited the country regularly since his first visit in 1998.

The Prince has said that he was particularly moved by the plight of the remarkable fortified Saxon villages in Transylvania which were built centuries ago by German settlers, who were encouraged to go there to help withstand Tartar and Turkish invasions.

Sadly, due to mass migration, many of these villages have ageing populations and are in decline.

On his first visit to Transylvania, The Prince was immediately struck by the precious legacy of this area and said he was “totally overwhelmed by its unique beauty and its extraordinarily rich heritage.”

The Prince of Wales is well-known for his commitment to preserving traditional rural communities and their way of life, both in the UK and overseas.

In 2006 The Prince of Wales decided to buy and restore an 18th Century Saxon house in the Transylvanian village Viscri, the latter a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 2010, The Prince purchased a property in the village of Zalánpatak which was founded four centuries ago by the Kálnoky Family as a glass manufacturing area in the heart of the forest.

The manufacturing ended in the early 1900s but around 150 people live there today.

The Prince of Wales owns the property that had originally been built for the former judge who was overseeing the manufacture of glass and the village as a whole.

The property comprises several buildings, and has a patch of forest and extensive flower meadows with mineral springs and small brooks belonging to it.

The property in Zalanpatak is characterized by its rich biodiversity with native plants, mushrooms, insects and birds. Large mammals including bears are often seen and wolves can be heard howling during the winter nights.

Guests are looked after by local staff and the resident ecologist. Activities depend on the season and range from bear-tracking over horse and cart trips, wild flower botany, mushroom picking, hiking or simply relaxing.

His Royal Highness said: “Ever since I first visited Romania in 1998, I have been doing my utmost to ensure a sustainable future for the Saxon villages of Transylvania and their people. Tourism clearly has a vital role to play in this.”

All of the buildings have been sensitively restored, and have a number of Transylvanian antiques. They remain very much in keeping with the surrounding architecture, but with modern facilities where possible for the comfort of tourists who wish to explore the unique culture of this forgotten part of Europe.

Through the renovation of these buildings His Royal Highness aims to help provide a sustainable future for the people of rural Transylvania whilst enabling residents to maintain their traditional way of life.

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Note:-The Prince of Wales is the Heir to the Throne and the

           Duke of Cornwall.    Cornwall is Celtic not Saxon.

There are statutory provisions regarding the law on questions that may arise regarding the above Duchy of Cornwall article. 

 

Summary of the law:-

 

It would appear that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as amended by the Constitutional Act of 2010 legislates to provide that questions submitted by members of the public to public authorities can no longer be answered on the grounds of being in the pubic interest if the questions concern matters relevant to the Heir to the Throne, The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cornwall, the future King of the United Kingdom who is now consequently an exemption to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  This includes exemption from revealing information in respect of:-planning law; income from instate estates in Cornwall; bona vacantia re assets of bankrupt companies in Cornwall; income from the rivers and foreshore of Cornwall; claims to mining rights under private land in Cornwall; royalties from mining enterprise in Cornwall, all of which are protected as privileges regardless of the democratic rights of the indigenous Cornish people.

 

Details of the law:-

CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND GOVERNANCE ACT 2010

SCHEDULE 7   Section 46

 

AMENDMENTS OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

1

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is amended as follows.

2 In section 2(3) (exemptions not subject to public interest test) after paragraph (e)insert—

“(ea) in section 37, paragraphs (a) to (ab) of subsection (1), and subsection (2) so far as relating to those paragraphs,”.

3 In section 37(1) (communications with Her Majesty, etc.), for paragraph (a)substitute—“(a)communications with the Sovereign,

(aa) communications with the heir to, or the person who is for the time being second in line of succession to, the Throne,

(ab)communications with a person who has subsequently acceded to the Throne or become heir to, or second in line to, the Throne,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

37 Communications with Her Majesty, etc. and honours.E+W+S+N.I.

This sectionnoteType=Explanatory Notes has no associated

(1)Information is exempt information if it relates to—

[F1(a)communications with the Sovereign,

(aa) communications with the heir to, or the person who is for the time being second in line of succession to, the Throne,

(ab)communications with a person who has subsequently acceded to the Throne or become heir to, or second in line to, the Throne,

(ac)communications with other members of the Royal Family (other than communications which fall within any of paragraphs (a) to (ab) because they are made or received on behalf of a person falling within any of those paragraphs), and

(ad)communications with the Royal Household (other than communications which fall within any of paragraphs (a) to (ac) because they are made or received on behalf of a person falling within any of those paragraphs), or]

(b)the conferring by the Crown of any honour or dignity.

(2)The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information which is (or if it were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1).

Freedom of Information Act 2000

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/contents

 

Colin Murley

Save Cornwall  03.02.2014

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