“I asked Peter Fiala to participate for the simple reason that doctors prevented me from traveling because I had a perforated stomach due to a gastric tube,” Zeman said. According to him, Fiala agreed. ČTK was subsequently confirmed by government spokesman Vaclav Smolka.

The investigation, which was brought up by the president’s doctors after health problems due to the risk of malnutrition last fall, will be considered by the end of the year at the earliest, according to an earlier statement from the president’s advisor, Vratislav Minai. .

Zeman mentioned that he met the Queen several times. First, when she was invited to the Czech Republic by then-President Václav Havel, and then also, for example, at Buckingham Palace. According to him, the Queen in Britain is a representation and embodiment of a centuries-old tradition. The president added that “a symbol of the broad continuity of history gives the Queen, regardless of official jurisdiction, an enormously influential position.”

The longest reign of a king

Queen Elizabeth II. She passed away on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96. She spent 70 years on the throne and was the longest reigning British monarch. Her seventy-three-year-old son Karel III became the new king. According to Zeman, he has been preparing for this position for a long time and will be able to perform it. “Maybe he will not have as much time for various charitable occasions as he did in the past, but it is certainly the most vocation, in the tradition of Elizabeth II. It can continue,” said the chief.

Portrait of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.  On a street in Cardiff, Wales, on September 9, 2022

Certain. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. It will be September 19 in Westminster Abbey

The last time Britain had a state funeral was in 1965, when she said goodbye to many times Prime Minister Winston Churchill. US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Emperor Naruhito have already announced that they are planning to attend the funeral, among other things.