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On 5 May a virtual discussion “The Significance of the Constitution of 3 May 1791” and an awards ceremony were held at the Lithuanian Embassy in London
On May 5 the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the United Kingdom together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London and the Research Centre for Polish-Lithuanian studies at the University of Aberdeen co-organized virtual seminar to dedicated to the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May and Mutual Pledge of the Two Nations.
The panellists included Prof Robert Frost and Prof Karin Friedrich from the University of Aberdeen, Dr Jolanta Karpavičienė, a historian and chief adviser to the Lithuanian President and Prof Przemyslaw Zurawski vel Grajewski a historian and advisor to the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, art and culture historian, one of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian writers, moderated the discussion.
During the webinar, the Ambassadors of Lithuania and Poland to the United Kingdom, and the British Minister of the European Neighborhood and the Americas Wendy Morton MP presented welcoming remarks and the speakers discussed the legacy of the Constitution of 3 May in the different regions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the significance of this special document today. You can find the recording of the webinar here.
After the discussion, in the afternoon an awards ceremony was held at the Lithuanian Embassy in the United Kingdom during which the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Renatas Norkus on behalf of the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda bestowed the Cross of Knight for Merits to Lithuania upon Professor of the University of Aberdeen Robert Frost. On the same day together with the Polish Ambassador in London, Ambassador Norkus also awarded the Prize of the Two Nations to an art historian and one of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian writers Kristina Sabaliauskaitė.
Prof Frost was awarded for his outstanding merits and personal contribution in disseminating his knowledge of Lithuanian history in academic, political and social fields and in creating an additional platform (Research Centre for Polish-Lithuanian studies at the University of Aberdeen) for Lithuanian researches to participate in the international scientific arena. During the event, the Ambassador of Poland to the United Kingdom Arkady Rzegocki also presented prof. R. Frost with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland.
Kristina Sabaliauskaitė was awarded the Prize of the Two Nations for her book series "Silva Rerum". Established in 1999, the prize is awarded to individuals or groups of individuals whose engagement has substantially contributed to building and deepening the cooperation between Lithuania and Poland. It is presented by the Assembly of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland.
During the awards ceremony, Ambassador Norkus congratulated the laureates and emphasized that the works of Prof Frost and Dr Sabaliauskaitė contributed to the strengthening of good relations between Lithuania, Poland and the United Kingdom and led to the implementation of cultural and social, scientific and political cooperation.
During the ceremony, the musical program was performed by Anton Lukoszevieze, a British composer and cellist of Lithuanian origin who only a few weeks ago became a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania.
The webinar and the awards ceremony was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the United Kingdom in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London and the Research Center for Polish-Lithuanian Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The events were sponsored by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.