Future presidential chancellor Jana Vohralíková at a press conference in Prague on the program of the inauguration of President Petr Pavel, March 6, 2023.
Prague – Future presidential chancellor Jana Vohralíková called people who want to watch Thursday's inauguration of President Petr Pavel in the third courtyard of Prague Castle to arrive at the venue on time. They have to expect security checks. Vohralíková said this at today's press conference. According to her, the protocols of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the president's office and people from Pavlo's team, a total of roughly 40 people, are participating in the inauguration.
Photo gallery: President-elect Petr Pavel
About 800 guests will watch the inauguration, of which about 600 are MPs, senators, judges, rectors, ambassadors and other representatives of important institutions and public life. Pavel was given the opportunity to invite 200 guests from among supporters. Other people received an invitation to a glass of wine in the Spanish Hall.
The public will be able to watch the ceremony on large-screen screens on Hradčanské náměstí or the third castle courtyard. Some of the visitors will also go to St. Vitus Cathedral, where after the inauguration there will be a prayer and a concert by the Czech Philharmonic.
“If visitors want to go inside Prague Castle, they must go through standard checks. Protected corridors will only be for constitutional officials and invited guests,” said Vohralíková.
Pavel will make the solemn promise at a joint meeting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, which will start at 2:00 p.m., in the hands of Senate President Miloš Vystrčilo (ODS). After the ceremony, the end of which will be accompanied by artillery salvos, Pavel will give a speech. At the time when people will be moving from the Vladislav Hall to the Spanish Hall for a glass of wine, Pavel and his wife will go to the balcony in the third courtyard to greet the public. According to Vohralíková, this moment will be accompanied by several surprises.
Pavel will then lay flowers at the statue of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigua Masaryk. The celebration at Prague Castle will end around 18:00 with an ecumenical prayer in the St. Wenceslas Chapel in the St. Vitus Cathedral for the Fatherland and the President. Pavel will then go to the main nave of the cathedral, where the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Jakub Hrůš will play Te Deum by Antonín Dvořák.
The organizers do not expect that all the guests invited to the Spanish Hall will go to the St. Vitus Cathedral. At 5:45 p.m., people waiting in the third castle courtyard will also be able to enter the cathedral.
Paul's spokeswoman Markéta Řeháková said that the future president and his team will probably continue to hold office from the Hrzánské Palace until the end of March even after the inauguration. . “The transfer to Prague Castle will be decided only after the results of the security inspections,” she said. Vohralíková will be at the Castle from March 10.
It has not yet been decided whether Pavel will live at the Castle or elsewhere. According to the spokesperson, he would prefer to stay in Černouček in Litoměřice. Vohralíková said that Pavel had not yet had the opportunity to look at where he could stay at the Castle. It will happen after the inauguration.