• Do not let independence go to waste!

    Edward Raczyński


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  • On 22 December 1990, the last of the Presidents of the Republic of Poland residing in London – Ryszard Kaczorowski – travelled to Warsaw to hand over the insignia of his office to the first democratically elected president of post-war Poland – Lech Wałęsa. The Government-in-Exile fulfilled its mission by providing that institutional and symbolic link between the Second and the Third Polish Republic.


    To mark this anniversary, Polish Embassy UK has undertaken a promotional and educational project under the title “Republic in Exile / Rzeczpospolita Londyńska”. The project covers the activity of the exiled Polish authorities and the wider Polish émigré community in Britain both during the Second World War and in the post-war period up until the political breakthrough of 1989-1991. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the history and legacy of the Government-in-Exile and of the Polish exiles in Britain, among Poles in Poland and in the United Kingdom.


    One year ago, on the exact day of the 25th anniversary of the handover ceremony of the presidential insignia at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Polish Embassy UK launched the internet portal and its Polish version: that will make easily accessible all the information and archives which the project has produced and gathered so far.


    Polish Embassy UK calls on anyone with access to unpublished photos or documents connected with the Polish Government-in-Exile, to write to In this way, everyone can join the project and be a part of this challenge to fill in gaps in the research of this period of Polish history.


    Follow the project in social media under the hashtag #RepublicInExile on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the @PolishEmbassyUK YouTube channel.

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