Queen Elizabeth II Square in Prague? Vysočany Wants to Honour the British Monarch

The square in Prague Vysočany could bear bear the name of Queen Elizabeth II. The idea of naming the space – where The English College stands – after the British Queen has been approved by the councillors of Prague 9.

Vysočany thus wants to pay its respects to the monarch and commemorate her memory, said Prague 9 spokeswoman Marie Kurková. However, the naming of the streets and squares in Prague is decided by the City Council.

The author of the new naming proposal is Mayor Tomáš Portlík (ODS). According to him, “the place where the English Gymnasium stands deserves a dignified designation.”

The naming or renaming of public spaces in Prague is approved by the City Council. Suggestions can be submitted by every citizen. The proposals are first discussed by the district town hall and then forwarded to the municipal topography commission.

The English College in Prague is a selective six-year English grammar school and is also part of the Czech school system. It was established in 1994 to revive the tradition of British-style education in Prague established in 1927 by the Prague English Grammar School (PEGS).

HRH The Prince of Wales and President Václav Havel agreed to be patrons of the College when it was established. The College became the first school to offer the International Baccalaureate in the Czech Republic in 1995.

Every year around 70 students at the English College take the full IB Diploma exams. The college is a not-for-profit organization established by the English College Foundation and supervised by an independent body of Governors.

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