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The death of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk

Eighty-six years ago, a sad day came for Czechoslovaks. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first Czechoslovak president, died in Lány after a short illness. After the autopsy, the body was transported to Prague, where it was displayed at Prague Castle for several days. By then, more than half a million people had come to pay their respects to the open casket. The state funeral was held on Tuesday, September 21 at Prague Castle to the sound of the St. Wenceslas Choral and ended after more than nine hours with the burial of the remains in the family tomb at the Lány cemetery.

The last coronation

On September 7, 1836, an unprecedented thing happened in Prague: the last coronation took place in the St. Vitus Cathedral. The last crowned Czech king was Ferdinand V, known as the Benevolent, from the House of Habsburg. The act of coronation itself included ceremonial anointing, putting on a ring as a symbol of the monarch's betrothal to his country, and then placing the crown of St. Wenceslas on the king's head. After the coronation, the celebrations continued with a festive feast in the Vladislav Hall. Even the common people were not left out, a folk festival was organized for them at the Invalidovna in Prague.