Portraits in Presidential Castle

On 14 November, to celebrate the 100 years since the establishment of the Presidental Institution of Latvia, portraits of two acting presidents of Latvia – Pauls Kalniņš (1944–1945) and Jāzeps Rancāns (1947–1969), painted by Ritums Ivanovs, as well as logbooks of presidential orders and decrees from the National Digital Library of Latvia depicting everyday activities of presidents of Latvia, were revealed during a special ceremony at the Riga Castle.
The ceremony that took place in Riga Castle was attended by Latvian President Egils Levits and the First Lady Mrs. Andra Levite, as well as politicians and diplomats. ‘As we celebrate the centenary of the Presidental Institution of Latvia today, we pay special tribute to Dr. Pauls Kalniņš and bishop Jāzeps Rancāns. We are adding two new portraits to the gallery of presidential paintings. Some may not know, but Soviet occupation did not disrupt the continuity of the Presidental Institution of Latvia,’ President of Latvia Egils Levits said at the opening, underlining that Kalniņš and Rancāns continued to act as presidents of Latvia in exile during the Soviet occupation or the period between Kārlis Ulmanis and Guntis Ulmanis.

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