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    British royal couple's Turkey tour continues in Istanbul

    Hurriyet English with wires
    15.05.2008 - 13:42 | Son Güncelleme:

    Britain's royal couple will host on Thursday a reception in honor of Turkish President Abdullah Gul aboard the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in Istanbul on the third day of four-day visit to Turkey before returning to Ankara. (UPDATED)

    Queen Elizabeth and husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were welcomed on Thursday by Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler, Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and the British Consul General to Istanbul, Barbara Hay at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. 

    The Queen and her entourage, accompanied by Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydin, first attended "Joint Science Project Between Schools" activities that was held at a high school in Istanbul.

    The queen later toured the "British-Turkish Design Exhibition" at the Istanbul Modern gallery, while Prince Philip visited Istanbul's maritime control centre which oversees traffic through the Bosporus Straits.

    The royal couple later joined Abdullah Gul and his wife Hayrunnisa for a boat ride along the Bosporus.

    This evening, the queen will host a reception in honor of Turkish President Gul and the first lady aboard the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, before returning to Ankara. 

    Queen Elizabeth is making her first visit to Turkey in 37 years to highlight the importance Britain attaches to the host country that is vying for European Union membership.        

    Queen Elizabeth and husband, Prince Philip will wrap up their four-day visit on Friday.   

    Photo: AA 

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