The Polish flag was hung on the Clock Tower of the Royal Castle on Tuesday morning. After the ceremony, President Andrzej Duda and his wife distributed small flags in national colors to those gathered at Zamkowy Square.
In the presence of the president Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda on Tuesday in Warsaw, the state flag was hung on the Clock Tower of the Royal Castle. The ceremony started the nationwide celebration of the Flag Day of the Republic of Poland and the celebration of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad.
The flag was raised with the help of the honorary company of the Polish Army. After the ceremony, the presidential couple distributed Polish flags to those gathered at Zamkowy Square.
After 1 p.m., ceremonies began in the courtyard of the Belweder Palace, during which the president will present state decorations to Polish diaspora activists, Acts of Granting Citizenship of the Republic of Poland and state flags to representatives of organizations and institutions particularly meritorious in social, cultural and economic activities in the country and abroad. An appearance by Andrzej Duda is also planned.
The Flag Day of the Republic of Poland, celebrated on May 2, was established pursuant to the Act of February 20, 2004 amending the Act on the Emblem, Colors and Anthem of the Republic of Poland. Historically, Polish national colors derive from the colors of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland and the coat of arms of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In the symbolism of the Polish flag, white comes from the white of the eagle, which is the emblem of Poland, and the white of Chase – a knight galloping on a horse – the emblem Lithuania. Both emblems are on red backgrounds of coats of arms. On our flag, white is at the top, because in Polish heraldry the color of the emblem is more important than the background.
Main photo source: PAP/Tomasz Gzell