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    Yellow Tulips of Remembrance: Honoring Maria Kaczyńska’s Legacy

    On April 13, thousands of Poles gathered at Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw to pay their respects to the late Maria Kaczyńska, laying yellow tulips – her favourite flowers – in her memory. The emotional tribute was a testament to the beloved former first lady’s legacy, as well as the strength of the Polish people in the face of tragedy.

    Symbolic Tribute: Warsaw’s Yellow Tulip for Mrs. Kaczyńska

    As the clock struck noon, the bustling streets surrounding the Presidential Palace became a tableau of reverence, as Warsaw residents and visitors alike solemnly carried yellow tulips, symbolizing Mrs. Kaczyńska’s enduring legacy. The choice of flower held profound significance, echoing the late first lady’s well-known affection for these vibrant blooms. Notably, in 2008, a variety of creamy yellow tulips was christened in her honour by Dutch breeder Jan Ligthart, further underscoring her enduring impact.


    The significance of April 13th transcends mere calendar dates for the Polish people. It was on this day in 2010 that the nation collectively mourned, welcoming back Mrs. Kaczyńska’s remains from Russia to her homeland. The spontaneous outpouring of grief and respect witnessed in Krakowskie Przedmieście served as a poignant testament to the profound admiration and affection held for the departed first lady.

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