The State Visit by Queen Beatrix of Netherlands left a warm impression in Lithuania. Queen Beatrix visited Lithuania for
three days June 24 - 26, 2008 and her visit took her to many places in Vilnius, Trakai and Kaunas. She showed that she
Queen Beatrix and President Adamkus are saluted by soldiers
dressed in 14th century uniforms of Duke Algirdas’ day
was very interested in Lithuania’s history, culture and achievements. In Vilnius she arrived on St.John’s day, during
the evening of which traditional festivities are held to celebrate the summer solstice. She had the opportunity to
observe these traditional festivities during a concert in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace. For the occasion of
her visit, Netherlands presented to Lithuania a new variety of tulips, as a sign of friendship between Netherlands and
Lithuania. The tulips are already blooming in the gardens of the Presidential Palace.
Netherlands ambassador Annemieke Ruigrok (left) and
Mrs. Alma Adamkus (centre) with the new variety of
tulips gifted to Lithuania
The visit by Queen Beatrix was the seventh visit to Lithuania by a reigning monarch. Lithuania has already been honoured
by the visits of the monarchs of United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Norway and Japan.
Photos courtesy President of Lithuania website.
Further information: www.lietuvosrytas.lt 1,24-26/06/08