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European monarchs and presidents visit Vilnius to join in Millennium celebrations

 

 

Monday, July 6, Vilnius - To celebrate the Millennium of the Name of Lithuania, Vilnius is visited today by Their Majesties Queen Margaret II of the Kingdom of Denmark, King Harald V of Norway, and King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

 

The celebrations are also attended by President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson of Iceland, President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia, President Lech Kaczyński of Poland, President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine, President Tarja Halonen of Finland, Legate of Pope Benedict XVI and Dean of the College of Cardinals Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia, Russia's Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, Minister of Defence Franz Josef Jung of Germany, and Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko of Belarus.

 

The celebrations of the Millennium started with the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on the Daukanto Square and the address by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus, after which the honourable quests attended Holy Mass at the Vilnius Cathedral.

 

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko presented the President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus with the Order of Freedom for significant personal contribution to the development of relations between Lithuania and Ukraine.

 

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