Friday, 13 April 2012

Prince Harry In Transylvania: Spending Easter With Count Tibor Kalnoky



"Transylvania is in my blood. The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country", said Prince Harry.

Count Tibor Kalnoky, 38, is an urbane, sophisticated, European aristocrat with flawless English (as well as German, French, Hungarian and Romanian) and equally impeccable manners. His family pedigree dates back to the 12th century, and his great uncle Gustav was prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian empire, so there's no escaping the significance of the Kalnoky heritage.

The Count's vision of Transylvania is for the long-term. During the process of restoration he recently came across the forgotten family motto, carved in a fractured door lintel. "Non est mortale quod opto", it reads. Which loosely translates as "What I do here is going to outlive me".

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" ... we and the faithful barons and magnates of our kingdom shall bear and have, and do choose and agree to wear and bear, in the manner of society, the sign or effigy of the Dragon incurved into the form of a circle, its tail winding around its neck, divided through the middle of its back along its length from the top of its head right to the tip of its tail, with blood [forming] a red cross flowing out into the interior of the cleft by a white crack, untouched by blood, just as and in the same way that those who fight under the banner of the glorious martyr St George are accustomed to bear a red cross on a white field ..."

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