Annual Ride of Kings takes place in Vlčnov

Traditional Ride of Kings took place in the south-east Moravian village of Vlčnov on Sunday, launching the reign of the newly elected boy-king, 13-year-old Filip Šobáň.

The centuries old tradition, which is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage list, refers to the flight of Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus from Czech King George of Poděbrady in the 15th century.

It involves a festive ride through the village with a boy portraying the monarch dressed in a traditional women’s folk costume to conceal his identity.