At the funeral of Vaclav Havel, the world renowned Czech poet and playwright, several world leaders joined the devastated and mournful Czech nation on Friday, in the last farewell. The funeral service also ended a week-long public grief caused by the death of their loved 75-year-old playwright on 18th December; he died Sunday while during in his sleep.
Inside the St. Vitus Cathedral, hundreds of Havel followers had gathered for the funeral service at Prague Castle’s adjacent part whereby French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alongside husband Billy Clinton, ex State Secretary Madeleine K Albright and several other key politicians were also present.
Cause of death was described respiratory illness by the doctors while at his Hradecek-based country home. Exactly one week prior to his death, Havel would be seen confined to a wheelchair when he met Dalai Lama in Prague; a longtime friend and fellow dissident. Havel had played major role to lead the nation in transition of democracy in the 1989 revolution. Hundreds of thousands of Czech citizens would also be seen outside the cathedral where, there were large video screens showing the service.
All the family members and countless friends of Havel were by the side of Dagmar Veskrnova, the great poet’s wife since 1997 and also in attendance was Vaclav Klaus, the Czech President and a known political arch rival of late Havel. Loud sirens and church bell sounds started to ring at noon across the country and everyone seemed to pause in remembrance of an iconic personality.