On Wednesday 27 September 2017, the National Day reception was held at the Ambassador’s residence.
The reception was opened by Ambassador Libor Sečka, together with the Mayor of Camden, Cllr. Richard Cotton, and the Rector of Charles University in Prague, Tomáš Zima. Their speeches were followed by the Czech and British national anthems performed in an original way by the music band Sam Glaser Trio.
After the anthems, the Ambassador Libor Sečka presented awards to ten personalities who have contributed significantly to the development of Czech-British relations. Among the award-winners, who received an honorary diploma and the Silver Jan Masaryk Honorary Medal, were: Mrs. Ludmila Stáně and Mr. Antonín Stáně (Velehrad London), Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines (patron), Mr. Karel Janovický (music composer), Mr. William Nagel, Mr. Ladislav Horňan (Chairman of the Czech British Chamber of Commerce), Mrs. Eva Ross (Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Manchester), Mr. Karel Jelínek (benefactor and sponsor), Mr. Alexander Sádlo (artist) and Mr. Milan Mládek (Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Belfast).
Among the guests at the reception were other Ambassadors, mostly from the partner EU states, other members of the diplomatic corps, prominent Czechs living in the UK, heads of the expatriate organisations and the Czech agencies in London, business partners, sponsors and others.