Monday, June 2, Vilnius Ė At the official ceremony that was held in the park of the Presidential Palace today, Ms Annemieke Ruigrok, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, presented a new variety of tulips developed by Dutch grower Jan Lichthart and named after the First Lady of Lithuania.
The Ambassador noted that tulip was one of the official symbols of the Dutch state which the country is famous for and announced that this tulip would be officially registered in the International Cultivar Register as the ďAlma AdamkienŽ tulipĒ. Alma AdamkienŽ and the author of the tulip Jan Lichthart certified this by their signatures.
The Dutch Ambassador also stressed that this present was a tribute to Mrs. Alma AdamkienŽ for her dedication to Lithuania and especially to the children of Lithuania.
ďThis year will be a very important year for the bilateral relations between Lithuania and the Netherlands since Her Majestyís State Visit will be the very first in the history of our two countries. To mark this occasion we have had this tulip grown which has, if I am informed correctly, your favorite coloursĒ, Ms Ruigrok said.
ĄA flower is a symbol of love and friendship and in this particular case it will serve as a beautiful expression of good bilateral relations between Lithuania and the Kingdom of Netherlandsď, Alma AdamkienŽ said thanking for the present.
With this present the Kingdom of Netherlands have demonstrated friendship to the President Valdas Adamkus and his wife Alma AdamkienŽ on the eve of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to Lithuania due on 24-26 June.