Throwback post on Earl & Countess of Wessex’ visit to Poland in 2004

Between 4th-5th June Prince Edward will be visiting Poland. Some of you may know, that’s the country that I live in. I live in the Southern region called Silesia, very urban part of my country. I decided to do a throwback post, as both The Earl & Countess of Wessex visited Poland almost exactly 10 years ago, in November 2004.

1st November 2004
The Earl and Countess of Wessex this afternoon departed Farnborough Airport for Poland and were received later on arrival in Warsaw by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland (His Excellency Mr. Charles Crawford).

Their Royal Highnesses this evening attended a Dinner given by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Crawford at the Residence in Warsaw. Brigadier John Smedley and Mrs. Rosemary Hamer were in attendance.

2nd November 2004
On the first day of the official visit to Poland, The Earl & Countess of Wessex were greeted in Warsaw (our capital city) by (then) Polish president Aleksander Kwaśniewski and his wife Jolanta at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland.

His Royal Highness later attended the Commonwealth Remembrance Service at the Commonwealth War Memorial and laid a wreath.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Madame Kwasniewska, visited the Litewska Children’s Hospital.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex afterwards visited Primary School 258 in East Warsaw, for the inauguration of the National Social Programme called Springboard”. Initiator and the organizer of the program – the company Provident Poland, donated to the school sport’s equipment needed to teach the physical education.

http://biuroprasowe.netpr.pl/pr/26119/ksiaze-edward-z-zona-ksiezna-sophie-odwiedzili-trampoline#light-
Picture & info via Provident Press Bureau

In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses attended a Lunch with Commonwealth Ambassadors and veterans, given by His Excellency Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Crawford at the Residence in Warsaw.

From Warsaw, the royals went to the southern city of Kraków (Cracow). Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland, very well worth visit.

I have taken thic pic in 2010, view on Wawel Castle, we had Kings & Queens till 1795

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening officially opened the British Days Festival at Krakow City Hall. Their Royal Highnesses afterwards attended a Dinner in Krakow with the Polish Chamber of Commerce for the British Festival.

3rd November 2004
The Earl of Wessex this morning held a Meeting with Regional Leaders at the Sheraton Hotel, Krakow, Poland. His Royal Highness afterwards opened the British Embassy Waste Management Seminar at the Sheraton Hotel. The Earl of Wessex subsequently opened the Racism in Sport Seminar at Villa Decjusza.

The Countess of Wessex this morning visited the Slowacki Theatre, Krakow. Her Royal Highness subsequently opened the British Council “Dreams and Teams” Competition at the Sports Centre Bronowianka.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex afterwards visited Krakow Market Square Tower and Mariacki Church, Krakow, located at the Old Town of Cracow. The entire medieval old town is among the first sites chosen for the UNESCO’s original World Heritage List, inscribed as Cracow’s Historic Centre. The old town is also one of Poland’s official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii) chosen in the first round, as designated September 16, 1994, and tracked by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

They have seen the inside of a St. Mary’s Basilica. It is a Brick Gothic church re-built in the 14th century (originally built in the early 13th century), adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Standing 80 m (262 ft) tall, it is particularly famous for its wooden altarpiece carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz).

inside of the church, I have taken this pic in 2010.

Their Royal Highnesses this afternoon attended a Lunch at the British Council for Polish “Rising Stars”. The Earl of Wessex later opened the United Kingdom-French Seminar on European Defence at Palac Pugetow, Krakow. His Royal Highness afterwards visited students from the Roma Community at the Regional Library in Krakow.

The Countess of Wessex this afternoon visited the Roma Community Centre, Nowa Huta. Her Royal Highness afterwards visited the St. Lazarza Hospice, Krakow, and met schoolchildren taking part in the British Festival Recycling Competition.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this evening attended a Dinner with Polish cultural figures as part of the British Festival in Krakow.

4th November 2004.

On the last day of the visit, Prince Edward with his wife Sophie visited The Wieliczka Salt Mine. The director Zbigniew Zarebski gave greetings to the couple, then Wieliczka Salt Mine’s Representative Brass Band played to welcome the guests. The guests used the lift to descend to the 1st level Danilowicz Shaft (64m), and visited the most beautiful tourist route areas. Read more here.

The “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Today, the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine combines many centuries of tradition and modernity, the history of several hundred years and an underground metropolis with extensive infrastructure. The mine is a product of work of tens of generations of miners, a monument to the history of Poland and to the Polish nation – a brand, present in Polish consciousness for centuries. Today, with the history of more than seven hundred years, the historic “Wieliczka” Salt Mine is Poland’s oldest business venture. Since 1978 it features on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Learn more here.

Their Royal Highnesses later opened the Science Forum Links to Space UK Exhibition at the Regional Library, Krakow.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex this afternoon arrived at Farnborough Airport from Poland. Brigadier John Smedley and Mrs. Rosemary Hamer were in attendance.  

You can read Hello article on that visit here.

I hope that Earl of Wessex will enjoy his visit to Poland in June, and I also hope that the royal couple will visit our coutry in the future as well.

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