Ivanka Trump will receive Czech award for her mom

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr meet Czech president to receive posthumous award for mom Ivana to honor her ‘dedication to the country’ after she died in NYC aged 73

  • Ivanka Trump, 40, received an award on behalf of her late mother Ivana in the Czech Republic on Friday, joined by Jared Kushner and Donald Jr.
  • Czech President Miloš Zeman, 78, honored Ivana for her ‘dedication to the cultural and social life’ of the country
  • Ivana, who died in late-June aged 73, was born in the Czech Republic in the Moravian city of Zlín in 1949
  • Ivana started a modeling career in her home country before eventually moving to Canada and then to the US
  • A month after Ivana’s passing, the medical examiner ruled she died as a result of a fall after she reportedly took a tumble inside her $2.5M Manhattan home
  • The examiner said she died of blunt impact injuries to the torso as a result of the fall and it was ruled an accident

Ivanka Trump has received an award on behalf of her late mother Ivana, who was being honored by the Czech Republic president for her ‘dedication to the cultural and social life’ of the country.

The 40-year-old stunned in a floor-length black dress with a built-in embellished wrap around sash as she entered the Independent Czechoslovak State Day celebrations with her husband Jared Kushner, 41, and her brother Donald Trump Jr., 44, on Friday. 

She attended the event to receive her mother’s award at the prestigious Prague Castle and lead her brother and husband down the aisle to greet the president.

President Miloš Zeman, 78, who was transported in a wheelchair, honored the native Czech at the ceremony.

After Ivana’s death, Zeman told her children: ‘Your mother was not only an excellent athlete and a capable manager, but I also remember her as a kind and warm-hearted person. In addition, she remained a proud Czech who never forgot her homeland.’ 

Ivana, who died in late-June this year at the age of 73, was born in the Czech Republic in the Moravian city of Zlín, which was known as Gottwaldov during the communist years.

She was born in Zlín in 1949, at the beginning of Joseph Stalin’s communist influence over the country, to electrical engineer Miloš Zelníček and telephone operator Marie Zelníčková.

Ivanka Trump, 40, (right) looked stunning in a floor-length black dress with a built-in embellished wrap around sash as she entered the Independent Czechoslovak State Day celebrations with her husband Jared Kushner, 41, and her brother Donald Trump Jr., 44, (right) on Friday

The former fashion designer attended the event to receive her mother’s award at the prestigious Prague Castle (pictured with her husband Jared Kushner and brother Don Jr.) 

Ivana (last pictured before her death) was honored by the Czech Republic president for her ‘dedication to the cultural and social life’ of the country. Ivana was born in the country in 1949, the beginning of the communist regime 

Ivana started a modeling career in her home country before eventually moving to Canada and then to the United States.

Lara Trump, wife to Don Jr., told Fox News at the time of her passing that Ivana was only able to escape the communist country due to being a ‘world-class skier.’

She would eventually met her ex-husband Donald Trump, 76, and have three children with him: Don. Jr, Ivanka, and Eric, 38. The pair married in 1977 and divorced in 1992.

Independent Czechoslovak State Day is celebrated every year on October 28 to commemorate Czechoslovakia becoming a country after the first world war. Czechoslovakia would eventually split into two countries – the Czech Republic and Slovakia – in December 1992.

A month after Ivana’s passing, the medical examiner ruled she died as a result of a fall. She was said to have taken a tumble inside her $2.5million Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan, where she was found at the base the staircase by a housekeeper. 

The examiner said she died of blunt impact injuries to the torso as a result of the fall and it was ruled an accident. 

At her funeral, the family displayed a few of her magazine covers, including her May 1992 Vanity Fair cover, which features her sitting on a yellow couch with the headline ‘Ivana Be a Star.’

The original cover featured Hillary Clinton’s name on the cover, with the headline ‘Will she get to the White House with Bill or without him?’

But the version on display at Ivana’s memorial on Lexington Avenue appeared without the headline, which was issued during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

The photos also showed that the other two headlines on the cover of the Vanity Fair magazine remained on the version displayed at her funeral.

President Miloš Zeman, 78, (pictured) who was transported around in a wheelchair, honored the native Czech at the ceremony

Ivanka and Don Jr. were seen shaking hands with the president, while another man held their mother’s award 

Two of Ivana’s children were seen at the ceremony (pictured) 

They were regarding conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and the other about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

It is unclear exactly why the headline was removed from the cover at the funeral. Donald and both Clintons used to be friends, with Bill and Hillary both attending his wedding to Melania in 2005.

But the relationship soured when Trump ran against Hillary during the 2016 presidential election, and spread conspiracy theories about the couple.

All of Ivana’s children spoke at the two-hour Mass service on Wednesday in front of 100 mourners, including Donald, his wife Melania and their 16-year-old son Barron.

Ivanka told the crowd: ‘Growing up, my mother didn’t tell me a woman could do anything she wanted to — she showed me.

‘She was a trailblazer to men and women alike. My mother once told me there was nothing she couldn’t do in heels. She taught us how to spear fish and then cook what we caught. My mom expanded our minds.’

Don Jr. spoke next and delighted the congregation with fond memories and jokes. Before he returned to his seat, he said: ‘I love you, mom.’

Ivana and Trump (pictured in 1988) married in 1977 and divorced in 1992 and share three children: Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, 38

Ivana’s funeral was held in New York City in late-July and she was seen being carried into St. Vincent Ferrer church in a gold casket 

Donald’s whole family attended the funeral, including his youngest Barron, 16, and his wife Melania, 52

Ivanka held hands with one of her children as she sadly watched the casket being loaded up

Eric Trump, the youngest, spoke next: ‘She had brains; she had beauty. She was the embodiment of the American dream…

‘She was a force of nature, could beat any man down the slopes, any woman on the runway. She ruled the three of us [kids] with an iron fist but also a heart of gold.’

A mound of red roses lay before the altar, surrounded by 73 burning candles which symbolized each year of Ivana’s life.

After the service, Ivana’s body was carried out of the building in a golden casket, past her family and dozens of VIP guests.

In August, Ivana youngest supervised as removal men who took away her prized items. Among the many items that met their end was Ivana’s old Vogue magazines. 

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