Mesmerised by Istanbul
On their last day in Turkey Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima visited some of the touristic places of the city before a tour of Bosphorus by boat and talked to the press.
At their first stop Haja Sofia, the prince placed his finger in the wish stone and mada a wish. He turned to the princess and joked: 'I wish after making this wish, I'll still be a prince.' When the press asked what he wished for, the prince said 'I won't say that!'
Then the prince and princess visited Sultanahmet Mosque. (Before entering inside a mosque, one should take his/her shoes off and women should cover their heads with a scarf.) Both the prince and princess took their shoes off. Princess Maxima's Emma Hope's shoes were put aside. The princess covered her head with a beige headscarf she brought. They examined the mosque's architecture and the various motiffs on the walls. As they left the mosque, the mosque's imam presented the royal couple with a plate with tulip motiffs. (As you know, tulips were a present from the Ottoman Empire to the Dutch.)
The royal couple was cheered loudly by the Dutch tourists present in the places they visit. Then they went to Rahmi Koç's Technology Museum. The prince said Princess Maxima knew more about Istanbul than he did, since she visited Istanbul before. He said they were both mesmerised by Istanbul.
Prince Willem-Alexander was asked:' You will be King. But do you want to be the King? ' He replied : 'The idea of becoming a king gives me an enourmous strength to strive. The chance to serve the Dutch public in the 21st Century , is a beautiful chance to have.'
He also talked about his impressions of Turkey, Turkey's possible(?!
EU membership, and he was also asked about Van Hoidonk, a Dutch football player who plays in a Turkish team.I ommitted these parts since I thought they aren't really the subject of this board.
This is from the Princes Maxima Board.