President Pavel receives Prince Edward at Prague Castle

President Petr Pavel received Prince Edward, brother of the British monarch King Charles III, in the Throne Hall of Prague Castle on Wednesday. The two men met for the first time on Tuesday after the prince's arrival, when Mr Pavel invited him to the cultural and social centre Malostranská Beseda in Prague.

From Prague Castle, Prince Edward headed to Vestec, a village near the capital where a tree-lined avenue was created last year to mark the 100th birthday of Prince Philip, Edward's father and husband of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Edward will plant the last tree in the avenue in memory of his father, who was the founder of the The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, where young participants sets goals they want to achieve in volunteering, exercise or skill-based activities, and then fulfill them over a period of months.

The programme has been operating in the Czech Republic since 1995, with more than 320 schools now taking part. Gold medals will be presented to successful graduates of the programme by Edward in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

Author: Anna Fodor