State Visit from Turkey to The Netherlands: April 17-19, 2012

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On the invitation of HM Queen Beatrix, HE The President of Turkey, Mr Abdullah Gül,
will pay a state visit to The Netherlands between April 17th and 19th, 2012.
Mrs Hayr
ünnisa Gül, First Lady of Turkey, will accompany her husband on the visit.


2012 marks 400 years of diplomatic relations between The Netherlands and Turkey.

Queen Beatrix and TRH The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima paid a state visit to Turkey in 2007 (see here).

Press Release

The official programme of the state visit has been released:

On April 17, the President of Turkey, Mr Abdullah Gül and his wife will be welcomed by Queen Beatrix at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

After the welcoming ceremony the President will attend a wreath laying ceremony at the National Monument on the Dam.

In the presence of Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima Mr Gül will open an exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum about the early trade between Netherlands and Turkey.

Together with CP Willem-Alexander and CP Máxima Mr Gül will meet representatives of Dutch and Turkish businesses at the conference center De Bazel.

Mrs Gül will visit the Museum of Bags and Purses together with Princess Margriet.

Mr Gül, CP Willem-Alexander and CP Máxima will attend the Dutch-Turkish Bussiness Forum at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.

In the evening a state banquet will be given at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

On April 18, the President will meet students at the The Great Industrial Club in Amsterdam and together with his wife he'll visit the Weekend Academy, a project of the Orange Fund. Mr Gül will attend meetings with various politicians, followed by a government lunch attended by Queen Beatrix.

Mr Gül will then visit the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

In the evening there will be a concert of Turkish Youth Philharmonic Orchestra attended by the presidental couple, Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven.

On April 19 the Queen, the President and his wife will visit the Floriade in Venlo, attend a lunch in Maastricht and open an exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum. After a farewell ceremony the couple will depart from Maastricht airport.

** source: Staatsbezoek president Turkije **
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17-04-2012 Forum Princess Maxima and Willem-Alexander with Turkish President Abdullah Gul attended the Holland Turkey business forum at the Passenger terminal in Amsterdam.

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Princess Maxima looks stunning, of what we can see :) and it's seems that Queen Beatrix have a new haircut :)
Very Very Beautiful Pictures Of Netherland Royal Family In Turkey They Looks So Nice & So Fresh and Very Nice Smiles , Thank you All For Posting
TBH, considering the palace has been quite nicely restaured 2 years ago, you would think that somebody would have the sense to make some better grouppictures during these state visits. The grouppictures are looking quite odd and aren't very flarrering on anybody. And another pity is that we can't see full pictures of the ladies dresses.

I wish Máxima would put her hair up when she is wearing a tiara and perhaps would easy up on the amount of make up that she uses.


There were an extrordinairy amount of security measures for the Turkish president btw. No people were allowe don balconies etc. around Dam square.
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A link to a news bulletin with a clip of the Queen speaking at the gala banquet (about 4 minutes in). Thanks to Henry M., who originally posted it on the Royal Jewels of the World Message Board.
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Day 2 of the State Visit from Turkey, April 18:

Crown Princess Máxima, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his
wife Hayrunissa Gul visiting the Weekend Academy, a project of the Orange Foundation, in Amsterdam:

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Queen Beatrix, Princess Margriet, Prof. Pieter van Vollenhoven and President Abdullah Gul with his wife
at a lunch at the Hall of Knights in Den Haag:

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** gettyimages/daylife gallery - April 18, 2012 **

** dpp gallery: Day 2 of Turkisch State visit to The Netherlands with Dutch royals **

** dpp gallery: Queen Beatrix laughs at government lunch for Turkisch President **

** purepeople: La princesse Maxima met tout son charme au service de la venue du président turc **
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Royal family of the Netherlands attending the concert of the Turkish youth Filharmonisch orchestra
Amsterdam, Netherlands - 18.04.2012

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Queen Beatrix leaves the Ridderzaal after the Government lunch with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul in The Hague
The Hague, The Netherlands - 18.04.12

Royal family of the Netherlands with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his wife Hayrunissa Gul leaving the exhibition ''The chamber of Levantine trade''
Amsterdam, Netherlands - 17.04.2012
HM Queen Beatrix will visit Turkey again from june 13th till june 15th 2012.

The Queen will be visiting Ankara and Istanbul and attend a performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater while there.

It will not be a State Visit.
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