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Havel Procession

Large crowds of people lined the streets of the Czech capital as the coffin of the country's late leader Vaclav Havel was transported to Prague Castle. Havel will lie in state at the castle until his funeral on December 23.

Mourners place candles outside Prague Castle as they await the arrival of the hearse carrying the late Czech President Vaclav Havel.
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Mourners place candles outside Prague Castle as they await the arrival of the hearse carrying the late Czech President Vaclav Havel.

A large crowd of mourners gather outside the castle ahead of the hearse's arrival.
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A large crowd of mourners gather outside the castle ahead of the hearse's arrival.

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Havel's widow Dagmar (center), accompanied by her daughter Nina, lead the procession behind the hearse on its way to Prague Castle
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Havel's widow Dagmar (center), accompanied by her daughter Nina, lead the procession behind the hearse on its way to Prague Castle

The procession stretches all the way across the Charles Bridge as mourners follow the hearse carrying the late Czech leader to Prague Castle, where he will lie in state until his funeral on December 23.
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The procession stretches all the way across the Charles Bridge as mourners follow the hearse carrying the late Czech leader to Prague Castle, where he will lie in state until his funeral on December 23.

Palace guards prepare to meet the procession as the hearse carrying the former president Vaclav Havel arrives at Prague Castle.
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Palace guards prepare to meet the procession as the hearse carrying the former president Vaclav Havel arrives at Prague Castle.

A soldier stands guard by the flag-draped coffin of the former Czech president, which is on display for people to pay their last respects ahead of a state funeral.
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A soldier stands guard by the flag-draped coffin of the former Czech president, which is on display for people to pay their last respects ahead of a state funeral.

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Current Czech President and Havel's longstanding political rival Vaclav Klaus places a flower in front of the late leader's coffin inside Prague Castle.
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Current Czech President and Havel's longstanding political rival Vaclav Klaus places a flower in front of the late leader's coffin inside Prague Castle.

A man waves a Czech flag and a set of keys in homage to Vaclav Havel inside Prague Castle. The jingling of keys, symbolizing the "unlocking of doors," was a major component of mass demonstrations led by Havel on Wenceslas Square in 1989.
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A man waves a Czech flag and a set of keys in homage to Vaclav Havel inside Prague Castle. The jingling of keys, symbolizing the "unlocking of doors," was a major component of mass demonstrations led by Havel on Wenceslas Square in 1989.

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