During a 4 day visit to Hungary, the Prince and Princess of Wales visit with the crowds during a walkabout in Budapest on May 10, 1990. Visiting the Peto Institute on May 10, 1990
Hungarian President Goencz presided over a gala dinner held for the royal duo Monday evening, May 7.
At the dinner, Prince Charles said his great-great-great grandmother, Countess Claudia Rhedey, was Hungarian. ”This evening I am especially proud of the Hungarian blood in my veins,” he said, according to MTI. He praised Hungary’s role in ”changing the face of Europe” with its early moves toward political reforms.
”Making democracy work is never easy, but the effort is well worth the bother,” the prince said.
Goencz said Hungary now has a ”unique opportunity … to irreversibly return to developed Europe,” the news agency said.
Upon arrival, their first stop was Heroes’ Square, where they placed a wreath at a monument in honor of Hungarian heroes. About 1,500 people gathered at the square. Many applauded as the couple emerged from their car. The well-wishers included about 100 members of the British community in Budapest. ”I think the princess is beautiful,” said Janos Nagy, a 21-year-old student. ”I have only seen pictures of her.”
”I came to see how she looks in real life,” he said, tapping a pair of binoculars. Amalia Roth, 67, with three grandchildren at her side, said she had been to Britain before World War II as a young girl. ”I love England and felt I must come,” she said.
The couple’s schedule Tuesday included a speech by Prince Charles at the University of Economics in Budapest. Princess Diana viewed a display of British fashion at the Museum of Applied Arts.
Diana and Charles enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride at the hands of the world carriage driving champion, Lazsle Juahaz, on the Bugacz Plains in Hungary on May 9, 1990
The private jet taking Princess Diana to Hungary on May 7 diverted to Gatwick Airport shortly after takeoff from Heathrow Airport because of an electrical fault, Buckingham Palace and airport officials said.
The four-engine jet of the Queen’s Flight spent an hour and 20 minutes on the ground at Gatwick while the fault was repaired, said Roger Hamson, terminal duty manager for Gatwick Airport. It then left for Italy, where it picked up Charles before traveling to Budapest.