In an official ceremony at Riga Castle, a day before the centenary of the Republic of Latvia, the highest state decorations for significant personal contribution to Latvia were conferred upon several individuals. The Director of Rundāle Palace Museum and art historian Imants Lancmanis was bestowed the Cross of Recognition (First Class Order) and appointed the Commander of the Grand Cross. This award was presented for a lifetime contribution to research and preservation of Latvian cultural-historical heritage and inclusion in a wider European legacy.
On 5 November during a solemn celebration at the Small Guild in Riga, held in honour of the centenary of the independence of Poland and the Armed Forces of Poland, Imants Lancmanis was bestowed the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contribution in facilitating Polish-Latvian collaboration in the field of culture.
Imants Lancmanis decorated with the Cross of Recognition (First Class Order) and other awards: top row on the left (from the centre) – Order of the Three Stars, France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour; in the second row – Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the Netherlands’ Order of Orange-Nassau, France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; around the neck – National Order of the Legion of Honour (Commander), on the lapel – Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Commander) ribbon.