Queen Elizabeth visits Turkey
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
UK and Commonwealth Realms head of state, recently arrived in Turkey. She said in a speech made on arrival that she was "delighted to be back in Turkey more than 36 years after our last visit of which we have many happy memories.", the
Her Majesty continued, "here in 1971, I remarked on the tremendous achievement ofin guiding this country of rich and ancient traditions along a course towards a modern, enlightened and democratic state."
The Queen praised Turkey for its efforts on democracy. "One could hardly have imagined then the further strides that Turkey would take to become today's confident and dynamic democracy. In this new century, we can celebrate the links between our two countries [Turkey and the UK] as being stronger than ever."
On the relationship between Turkey and the UK, the Queen commented as follows:
- "Queen Elizabeth’s visit a show of strengthening Turkish-UK relations" — , May 14, 2008
- "Text of The Queen's speech at the State Banquet in Turkey" — , May 13, 2008