Havel to be given state funeral on Friday at St Vitus Cathedral

Václav Havel will be given a state funeral on Friday, December 23, at Prague’s St Vitus Cathedral. The ceremony will begin at noon. The location was confirmed by Radim Ochvat, spokesman to President Václav Klaus, after details were agreed on Monday by Mr Klaus in a meeting with Mr Havel’s widow, Dagmar; the Archbishop Dominik Duka was also present. Two who have already confirmed attendance include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton. Former Polish President Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity movement in the 1980s, will also attend and other expected guests – who have yet to confirm – include the Austrian, German, and Polish presidents and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Author: Jan Velinger