The Queen’s look of horror at Turkish first lady’s footwear

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The Queen’s look of horror at Turkish first lady’s footwear ( 23 November 2011)

One always hopes one’s guests will be comfortable. But sometimes they don’t do themselves any favours.
As the Queen greeted the first lady of Turkey yesterday, she couldn’t help an admonishing glance at her guest’s six-inch platform shoes.
Hayrunnisa Gul, wife of Turkey’s president, tottered gingerly on to the red carpet as she and her husband arrived for lunch at Buckingham Palace. The Queen, in her usual sensible court shoes, appeared somewhat taken aback by her glamorous guest’s footwear.

Maybe she was worried about Mrs Gul tripping up on the carpet. Or fretting how she would manage all the stairs in the palace, which has few lifts. No matter. Mrs Gul is something of a stilleto expert. In September she braved the cobbles at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in five-inch heels and October saw her treading carefully in six-inch platforms at the presidential palace in Ankara.
Despite a rather wobbly beginning, she put her best foot forward and enjoyed the best of royal hospitality at the palace. After lunch the Queen treated the Guls to an exhibition of Turkish themed antiquities.

One is not amused The Queen eyes up the Turkish President's wife's ankle boots with six inch heels
One is not amused The Queen eyes up the Turkish President’s wife’s ankle boots with six inch heels

The President of Turkey and his wife were welcomed to Britain amid great pomp and pageantry.
Abdullah Gul’s three-day state visit began with a ceremonial greeting under grey, overcast skies on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.

Princess Anne and the Queen listen to a speech by the President of Turkey at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace
Princess Anne and the Queen listen to a speech by the President of Turkey at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace

The two heads of state shook hands warmly in a physical and symbolic gesture of friendship between Turkey and Britain. But Mrs Gul’s footwear appeared to initially go unnoticed.
The Queen wore a smarksilver and white wool dress and matching coat by Angela Kelly. Her black patent shoes and bag were much plainer than the accessories Mrs Gul chose.
As well as her impressive boots, the President’s wife was wearing her trademark headscarf – an item of clothing which angers secularists in Turkey who see it as an overt Islamic symbol.

The Royals met Mr and Mrs Gul at Horse Guard's Parade. David Cameron, William Hague and Theresa May were also there
The Royals met Mr and Mrs Gul at Horse Guard’s Parade. David Cameron, William Hague and Theresa May were also there

The royal meeting heralded the start of a busy round of public engagements and political talks over the coming days for the president.
Britain hopes his visit will forge closer links with Turkey – a growing economic powerhouse and an increasingly important trade partner.
The 61-year-old has already highlighted the issues which will undoubtedly play a part in discussions with Prime Minister David Cameron later today.
European Union membership is a key goal of his country, which geographically straddles the East and West – and is strongly supported by the UK Government.
Interviewed ahead of the visit, Mr Gul told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘Some people who think in a narrow scope and who do lack a strategic perspective consider Turkey’s membership a burden.

The Queen and Mr Abdul rode back to Buckingham palace together after the ceremony
The Queen and Mr Abdul rode back to Buckingham palace together after the ceremony

‘But those who can think 30 years, 60 years ahead, and who can think about the changing trends in the economy and the changing centres of power, can understand how much strength Turkey can bring to the existing strength of Europe.’
Another issue which will play an important part of the talks will be Turkey’s influence on its problematic neighbours, Syria – in the grip of mass unrest aimed at overthrowing President Bashar Assad – and Iran – at loggerheads with much of the international community over its nuclear ambitions.
The welcoming ceremony began when the motorcade carrying the President, his wife, and the Prince of Wales swept in to Horse Guards Parade – the site of Henry VIII’s jousting yard.

As the President’s party arrived, a 41-gun royal salute fired from nearby Green Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery could be heard in the distance.
The Queen made a state visit to the Turkish republic in May 2008, less than six months after Charles toured the country. The two royal trips highlighted the importance of Britain’s relationship with the nation.
When Mr Gul came to office in 2007, his background in Islamic politics angered his country’s military elite who are defenders of Turkey’s secular heritage. But he has distanced himself from his political roots.

Elizabeth II smiles at something Mr Gul said, and her husband, this morning
Elizabeth II smiles at something Mr Gul said, and her husband, this morning

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed their guests on a large covered raised platform. Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Home Secretary Theresa May and other dignitaries stood behind them.
The two heads of state shook hands and chatted for a few moments before the Queen introduced the senior members of her Government.
The Queen and the President listened to their respective national anthems which were played by the Band of the Coldstream Guards, before Prince Philip and Mr Gul inspected the guard of honour of 101 soldiers and three officers

In front of them in their grey greatcoats was a guard of honour made up of 101 soldiers and three officers from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

The Queen with the President of Turkey as they tour an exhibition of Turkish Artefacts from the Royal collection, in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Place
The Queen with the President of Turkey as they tour an exhibition of Turkish Artefacts from the Royal collection, in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Place

The soldiers, who were wearing greycoats, are fighting servicemen when not performing ceremonial duties.
After the ceremony the party made their way to nearby Buckingham Palace in coaches with soldiers lining the route.
The Queen, the Duke and Mr and Mrs Gul posed briefly for a photo before heading inside to take a look at the Royal collection of Turkish artefacts.
The Turkish president made his way to Downing Street to get down to business with David Cameron, while his wife presumably rested her tired feet.

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

Tags: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, The Queen and The Duke, Queen, Turkish, First, Lady, Footwear

 

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