His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, was bestowed Monday the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the "Babes-Bolyai" University (UBB) in western city of Cluj-Napoca. He was welcomed at the entrance of the University by two young people in Romanian folk costumes, who were waiting with bread and salt from which the Prince tasted. The rector of Babes Bolyai University, Ioan Aurel Pop and the Senate chairman, Ioan Chirila also welcomed Prince Charles.
Rector Ioan-Aurel Pop evoked in his speech upon bestowing the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to his Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, the latter's links with our country, mentioning his kinship with the Basarab dynasty and that of Queen Maria of Romania. "Here, in Romania, you are at home and we hope you always feel at home. The reasons are both objective and subjective. There are countless threads attaching you to this country, including distant allegiances (coming from the Basarab dynasty of Wallachia, namely by prince Vlad's descendants or less remote ones (coming from Queen Maria - granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom - whose bust is watching us in the hall of this university), but you are mostly connected through the soul's affinity, your love for places and people, for these realms' succession of hills and valleys, its fields covered with flowers, its forests and waters still home to wildlife and fish, but especially for its welcoming people, as you have often said," the Laudatio.
Among the personalities who have received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from Babes-Bolyai University are Mario Vargas Llosa, Chancellor Angela Merkel, King Michael I of Romania, Pope Benedict XVI, Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bronislaw Geremek, Jacques Le Goff, Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein.