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Guðni Welcomes People to Bessastaðir for the Last Time

The presidential office and residence of Bessastaðir will be open to the general public today, in honour of the upcoming 80th anniversary of Iceland’s independence on June 17th. Outgoing President Guðni Th Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid will be welcoming guests, the official presidential website announced, albeit for the last time.

A special occasion

As reported, Halla Tómasdóttir became Iceland’s seventh president–and the second woman president–following elections on June 1st. She is to officially take office on August 1st.

This naturally will also be when Guðni steps down from his position. Bessastaðir’s presidential offices are open to the public on special occasions, typically two or three times a year, and Guðni has honoured this tradition since he took office in 2016.

Historic attractions

While the public may visit the grounds of Bessastaðir many other times of the year, the interior of the presidential residence is usually closed to the public. On this occasion, the public will be invited in, where one may bear witness to works of art, diplomatic gifts, and other historic artifacts being housed there.

Bessastaðir will open at 13:00 today, with the event lasting until 17:00.

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