The funeral of the former Czech deputy prime minister and two-time foreign minister has a ready-made mourning script. It will symbolically connect today with the country’s centuries-old history.
At the funeral of Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czechoslovak national anthem will be played, and Miroslav Kalousek, a long-time companion of the “prince” from Czech politics, will read intercessions during the church ceremony. President Petr Pavel will deliver the eulogy.
The ceremony, which will accompany the state honors, will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 12 noon in the Cathedral of St. Welcome. The public will also be able to watch the act on a large screen in Hradčanské náměstí.
This follows from press information provided to Seznam Zprávám by the secretary of the late ex-minister Filip Štědrý.
34 strikes of the bell
The family of the deceased reminds that the Schwarzenbergs have a St. It welcomes the close relationship, there is a statue of the Prague archbishop Bedřich Schwarzenberg. John of Nepomuck, whose silver tomb with a glass coffin lies on the right side of the cathedral, is the patron saint of the Schwarzenberg family.
Karel Schwarzenberg also contributed to the construction of the St. Vitus organ, its installation is to symbolically complete the completion of the entire cathedral.
“On the way from the cathedral, the procession will stop at the Schwarzenberg Chapel, 34 strikes of the Zikmund bell will be sounded as a reminder of the 34 years of the free republic. Subsequently, a funeral march will be performed by the Music of the Castle Guard and the Police of the Czech Republic, composed for Marshal Schwarzenberg, one of the greatest Czech military leaders, who was at the head of the victorious Allied troops in the Battle of Leipzig against Napoleon,” the Schwarzenberg family recalls.
At the funeral, nephew Ferdinand will speak on behalf of the family, and son Jan will give thanks at the end.
Schwarzenberg himself wished that people would honor his memory by contributing to the defense of Ukraine rather than by buying flowers.
Karel lives on!
After the ceremony, the coffin will be loaded into a car, escorted by police motorcycles, it will stop briefly in front of the Schwarzenberg Palace on Hradčanské náměstí, walk past the Černín Palace, the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and drive to Orlík, accompanied by a police car. Karel Schwarzenberg will be buried in the family tomb there in the closest circle of the family.
In addition to the church ceremony with state honors, the second lighter part of the farewell will also take place – the Karel lives on concert in Prague’s Lucerne. The team behind Schwarzenberg’s innovative presidential campaign in 2013 took charge of this.
“By its nature, the event is not exclusively a concert or a festival, on the contrary, all the dramaturgy should aim at a big meeting. Meeting different people and connecting them is what really fulfilled Karel,” says Martin Kotas, operator of the Mlýnská cafe, Schwarzenberg’s informal base, and at the same time one of the organizers of the event.