On the first weekend in June you can take part in the traditional King's Parade leading from the Prague Castle to the Karlštejn Castle and travel back in time to the Middle Ages. As every year, the Emperor Charles IV, accompanied by his wife Elisabeth of Bohemia and an entourage of attendants, will carry the royal Crown Jewels from St. Vitus Cathedral to the treasury in Karlštejn. The procession of horses, wagons, and people walking on foot will go along the Berounka River where the emperor will be awaited by the people and an accompanying program will ensue, lasting the entire weekend. The King's Parade traces the footsteps of real historical tradition and its origin goes back to the time when Charles IV carried the displayed royal Crown Jewels from the Prague Castle back to Karlštejn after Easter and was welcomed by the people along his journey. Anyone can join the procession and if you want to go with the fashion of the 15th century, you should not forget to wear a historical costume, which can be rented for CZK 300 for the whole weekend from the organizers. The procession will set off for the journey on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. from the third courtyard of the Prague Castle. It will then proceed through Smíchov, Malá Chuchle, Radotín, Černošice and Mokropsy and in the evening it will arrive at Chateau Dobřichovice, and from there start again at 10 a.m. the following day. The parade will end at Karlštejn at 6 p.m. On Sunday June 3rd, you can look forward to an accompanying program including contests on the meadow in the municipality of Karlštejn, where a training of swordplay for young knights will be held, as well as the contest for the nicest prince and princess. Detailed information about the King's Parade's itinerary and accompanying program starting Friday evening at the Dobřichovice Chateau can be found at www.kralovskypruvod.eu. If you want to have real fun with your family, do not hesitate to join the royal procession!
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