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Prince Charles, heir to Dracula's blood line


The Romanian tourist board is to use links between the British Royal family and Count Dracula to lure in UK tourists, it
has emerged.

ThePrinceofWalesandtheDuchessofCornwallarecurrentlyinAustraliaaspartofaDiamondJubileeTourPhoto: GETTY/PA

ByVictoriaWardandAndrewHough
10:00PMGMT05Nov2012
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Untilnowitslonelymountainshavebeensynonymouswiththelegendofthevampire,thecruelrulerwhodrankhisvictimsblood,
terrifiedhisenemiesandcouldturnintoabatatwill.
ButTransylvaniashouldalsobeknownastheancestralhomeofthePrinceofWales,defenderoffaiths,withaloveofgardening
andclassicalarchitecture,accordingtotheRomanianNationalTouristOffice.
LinksbetweentheRoyalFamilyandVladtheImpaler,the15thcenturynoblemanwhosedeedsinspiredthevampirelegend,are
beingexploitedinanattempttoluretouriststotheeasternEuropeancountry.

TheRomanianNationalTouristOfficeistrumpetingthelineageinabrochuredistributedattheWorldTravelMarket,aleading
industryeventwhichopenedinLondononMonday.
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ThePrincehimselfappearsinavideobeingusedtopromotethecountryinwhichheclaimsdistantkinshipwithVladTepes,the
15thcenturyWallachianruleronwhomtheIrishnovelistBramStokerbasedhisDracula.
Transylvaniaisinmyblood,hejokesinaninterviewfirstshownonsatelitetelevisionlastyear.ThegenealogyshowsIam
descendedfromVladtheImpaler,soIdohaveabitofastakeinthecountry.
TheRomanianNationalTouristOfficeisusingthevideoonYoutubeandnewbrochurestryandboostUKvisitorsbymorethan
sevenpercent.

ThevideoclimaxeswithareferencetothePrinceofWales,whocantracehisancestrybacktoRomaniasdarkanddistantpast.
OtherliteraturehighlightsashortvisitbyPrinceHarrytothecountryinEasterthisyear,sayinghetravelledwithWizzAir,which
operates20flightsaweektofourRomaniancitiesfromLondonLutonAirport.
AspokesmanfortheRomanianNationalTouristOfficesaidthecountry,whichincorporatestheregionofTransylvania,was
lookingtousetheselinkswiththeBritishRoyalFamilytoincreaseUKtouristsoverthecomingyears.
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MariaIordache,UKdirectoroftheorganisation,said118,000UKtouristsvisitedRomaniain2011.
Itwillbemorein2012.Wehaveexperienceda7percentincreaseinUKvisitorsinthefirstquarter,whichistraditionallyaquiet
periodfortouristsfromtheUK.Forthesummerandtheautumnthepercentageincreasewillbeevenbetter.
AccordingtoRoyalHighness,abookpublishedin1982bySirIainMoncreiffe,theformerchairmanofDebretts,thePrinceisa
greatgrandson16timesremovedtoVladIII.
HecantracehislineagebackthroughhisgreatgrandmotherQueenMary,theconsortofGeorgeV,toVladIV,thehalfbrotherof
thenotoriousruler.
AnotherlinktothecountryoriginatedwithPrincessMarieofEdinburgh,agranddaughterofQueenVictoriaandPrinceAlbert,who
wentontomarryKingFerdinand1ofRomaniaandruledRomaniaaftertheFirstWorldWar.
Ithasbeenclaimedthatporphyria,anirondeficiencywhichisthoughttoliebehindthevampiremyth,hasrunintheRoyalFamily.
ThePrincehasmadenosecretofhisloveforRomaniaandisbelievedtotraveltherefrequently.
In2006,hepurchasedafarmhouseinViscri,avillageinruralTransylvania,whichisavailableasaguesthouseatcertaintimesof
theyear.

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TheprinceispatronoftheMihaiEminescuTrust,whichworkstorestoretheculturalheritage,economyandnatureof
TransylvaniasSaxonvillagesandtheirsurroundings.
Inadditiontorestoringsome180medievalhousesandseveralchurches,thecharityhassupportedtraditionalruraltechnologies
suchastheconstructionofwoodfiredkilnsforhandmadebricksandtiles,andorganicfarming.
TransylvanianbornVladtheImpalerissaidtohavedispatchedmorethan100,000Turkishwarriorsinbattle.
Thevampirelegendissaidtohavebeeninspiredbyhispredilectionforeatingbreaddippedinhisvictimsblood.Draculameans
sonofthedevilinRomanian.
ThecountrysallegedlinkstoBritishroyalty,howeverghoulish,couldproveawelcomeboosttoitstouristindustry.
ThousandsoftouristsvisitthetownofCastleBran,Transylvania,whereVladIIIlived,everyyear.

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SimonPress,fromWorldTravelMarketwhichhostedtheexhibition,said:Romaniahasagreatdealoftourismpotential.Itisa
beautifulcountryalreadyreceivingmanytouristsforitsnatureandculture.
ThelinktotheBritishRoyalFamilyandtheclearfondnesstheRoyalFamilyhasforthecountrywillonlyhelptopromotethe
countryacrosstheCommonwealthandparticularlyintheUK.
THELINKTOANIMPALER
VladtheImpaler.Died1507.
Halfbrotherof:
VladIV,knownasVladtheMonk.(14311495)
Fatherof:

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Motherof:
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Motherof:
AdamRaczdeGalgo.(Living1609).
Fatherof:
PeterRaczdeGalgo.(15831672).
Fatherof:
ChristinaRaczdeGalgo.
Motherof:
Catherine(Katalin)KuundeOsdola.
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Motherof:
BaronGregor,InczdydeNagyVrad(died1816).
Fatherof:
BaronessgnesInczdydeNagyVrad(17881856).
Motherof:
CountessClaudineRhdeyvonKisRhde(18121841).
Motherof:
Francis,DukeofTeck.(18371900).
Fatherof:
PrincessMaryofTeck,latertheQueenconsortofKingGeorgeV(18671953).
Motherof:
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