Turkish President Abdullah Gul visited to London.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain Welcomes Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain formally welcomed Turkish President Abdullah Gul and his spouse Hayrunnisa Gul in London.
The Gul ‘s welcoming ceremony took place near Buckingham Palace.
Turkish Deputy Premier Ali Babacan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are accompanying Gul during his visit.
It has been the first visit in presidential level from Turkey to Britain in 23 years. Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Turkey in 2008.
Britain accepts maximum two state visits in a year. This year’s first visit was paid by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Abdullah Gül visits Great Britain, hosted by the her Majesty, Quenn Elizabeth II
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II formally welcomed Turkish President Abdullah Gül and his wife, Hayrünnisa Gül, to London at a ceremony that took place near Buckingham Palace. Before President Abdullah Gül and his wife arrived at the ceremony field near the palace, the Kingdom Squadron entered, accompanied by a band. The queen and her husband, Duke of Edinburgh Philip, arrived at the field followed by a ceremonial car carrying Gül and his wife, who arrived from White Hall Gate.
The two heads of state shook hands warmly as the hosts laid on the traditional pomp at the ceremony, which included a 41-gun royal salute and Gül’s inspection of the lines of Coldstream Guards in their grey greatcoats.
During the formal ceremony, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Home Secretary Theresa May accompanied the British queen. The United Kingdom hopes the visit will forge stronger ties with Turkey, a growing economic power and an increasingly important trade partner straddling Europe and the Middle East.
First state vist by a Turkish president to Britain in 23 years
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu are accompanying Gül during his visit. It marks the first official visit by a Turkish president to Britain in 23 years. The latest Turkish president to set his foot on British soil was Kenan Evren , the 7th president of Republic of Turkey. The U.K. accepts a maximum of two state visits in one year; the year’s first visit was paid by U.S. President Barack Obama. Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to Turkey in 2008.