President Klaus meets royals and senior politicians on UK visit
Over the last three days, the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has been on a state visit to the United Kingdom. In the course of his stay, Mr Klaus has paid visits to Buckingham Palace, Brookwood military cemetery, and Downing Street - and found time for a lecture on global warming as well. Czech Radio's correspondent in the United Kingdom, Milan Kocourek, has been accompanying the president on his whistle-stop tour. He talked to Radio Prague earlier today about the president's programme:
"The three-day visit started on Wednesday, when President Vaclav Klaus and his wife Livia visited the Czechoslovak military cemetery at Brookwood. I was there as well. The president put a wreath at the memorial of Czech and Slovak servicemen, mainly pilots, who died during the Second World War. President Havel visited Brookwood in the past, but this was Mr Klaus's first visit."
And what else has Mr Klaus been doing while he has been in Britain?
"And of course, one of the main features of the visit has been the audience at Buckingham Palace, at which Mr and Mrs Klaus presented the queen with a special gift."
"Mr President, when he talked to journalists after the meeting with Mr Brown, didn't say much about any discussions on the environment. But he said that they talked about the European treaty, they also discussed the Czechs' military presence in Afghanistan, which was appreciated by Mr Brown."
This is the second state visit in two years. Mr Klaus seems to visit the United Kingdom very frequently indeed. Is he a bit of an anglophile?
"I think so, yes. And you could see it during his lecture, when he made direct contact with the audience and they laughed at his jokes very frequently. People reacted very well to it. I think he is able not only to present a serious argument, but also to make people laugh, which is very important, especially for a politician of his stature. And I think that he has a good name in Britain overall."