Queen Beatrix Visits Turkey: June 13-15

  June 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm by

To mark 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey, Queen Beatrix was in Turkey for a two-day visit last week.

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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.

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One Response to Queen Beatrix Visits Turkey: June 13-15

  1. Strictly speaking, the country called “Turkey” has only existed since Kamil Ataturk named it that, in 1920. From May, 1453, to 1920 the nation we all Turkey did not it exist. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. Anachronistic? Well, yes. That is what your statement was.

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