The 90th Olga Havel Tree was planted in the Deer Moat at Prague Castle

Five years ago, 85 Olga Havel Trees were planted at ceremonial meetings across the country in honour of her then-untimely 85th birthday. The Foundation followed up with the planting of five more Olga Havel Trees in the anniversary year of 2023. The last, the 90th Olga Havel Tree, was a pecan tree planted in the Deer Moat at Prague Castle.

The tree was planted on the afternoon of 10 November by President Petr Pavel and First Lady Eva Pavlová, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Vojtěch Sedláček and Director Monika Granja, Olga's personal friend Anna Freimanová from the Václav Havel Library and singer Aneta Langerová.

Memorial meetings in honour of Olga will be held at Olga Havel Trees throughout the Czech Republic during 2023. So far, 52 of them have taken place and all of them are connected by the Song for Olga. It is performed by solo singers, school choirs and choirs of primary art schools. In Jelený příkop it was sung by its author Aneta Langerová with piano accompaniment by Jakub Zitek and the Maranatha Gospel Choir.

Each of the meetings at the newly planted Olga Havel Tree is connected with one of the areas that were fundamental for Mrs. Olga and to which the Foundation systematically devotes itself. At Prague Castle it was the topic "Psychological help for children", which is very close to the current First Lady Eva Pavlova. 

The memorial meeting in memory of Olga Havel was attended by more than 150 of her supporters and supporters of the Committee of Good Will from among well-known personalities and the general public.

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Photos from the event © Anna Šolcová

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