Queen Beatrix Visits Turkey: June 13-15
To mark 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, Queen Beatrix was in Turkey for a two-day visit last week.
On June 13 in the afternoon, the Queen arrived in Ankara and was welcomed at the airport by the Mayor of Ankara, Mr Melih Gokcek. At the Presidential Palace, Queen Beatrix was received in an audience with President Abdullah Gul and his wife, Hayrunnisa Gul.
In the evening, the First Couple hosted a dinner in honor of the Queen at the Presidential Palace. In both speeches, the Queen and the Turkish President expressed their happiness and pleasure about the visit.
On June 14, the Queen moved to Istanbul. At the Dutch Consulate, Palais de Hollande, Queen Beatrix had a lunch meeting with Turkish students, scientists and professors.
In the evening the Queen, at the Muhsin Ertugrul Theatre in Istanbul, attended a performance of the Dutch Dance Theatre 2 (NDT2). President Abdullah Gul, his wife and the Turkish Culture Minister, Mr Ertugrul Gunay, were present.
Queen Beatrix left Turkey on June 15 and went to Florence, Italy, where she attended the wedding of her niece Princess Maria Carolina to Mr Albert Brenninkmeijer.Filed under The Netherlands
Tagged Bilateral Relations, Official Visit, President Gül of Turkey, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Theatre, Turkey.