Following Queen Elizabeth II death yesterday, let’s come back to March 26th, 1996, when for the first and last time she visited Warsaw.
This visit had several purposes, the first was to show the UK’s support for the accession of Poland to the European Union and NATO expansion.
On March 26th, the Queen, and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at the Okęcie International Airport. She reviewed the guard with President Aleksander Kwasniewski, before meeting the presidential couple in the Presidential Palace. After visiting the old town, the unknown soldier’s monument on Piłsudski Square, she paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto at the Umschlagplatz. In the evening, she joined the state banquet at the Warsaw Presidential Palace.
On March 27th, the Queen made a speech at the Sejm (The Polish Parliament), visited Stefan Batory’s high school (the same Michael Jackson visited too), the Belvedere, where she met Lech Wałęsa, the Skaryszewski Park, before intending a Gala of ‘La Fille Mal Garde’ at the National Theatre in Warsaw.
On her last day in Poland, she visited Kraków.
Main photo source: PAP / CAF