News Centre –TDO- UK’s Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott and his spouse have held a reception at the British Embassy in Ankara to mark the occasion of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.   

Many diplomats and mission heads attended the reception. While marking the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the centenary of the right to vote for British women was also celebrated, with the achievements of both British and Turkish women being remembered.

At the event, a photo exhibition of King Edward the Eight and Elizabeth the Second’s visit to Turkey was put on display. In addition, the stories of 50 British and 50 Turkish women, who set an example for their own and coming generations, were displayed on panels to better understand the struggle women gave for their right to vote.

In his opening speech, British Ambassador to Turkey Dominick Chilcott reminded his listeners that during his visit to the UK last month, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Ambassador Chilcott said “This meeting of the heads of state of Turkey and Britain was a clear sign of the strong friendship between our two countries.” 

Ambassador Chilcott said that one hundred years ago there had been a very important election in Britain and added “The 1918 election was the first time that women participated with partial rights to vote and stand for parliament.”  

Saying that the occasion of the birthday of the Queen presented an opportunity for celebrating the friendship and good relations between the two countries, Chilcott stated “We are allies in NATO and fellow members of the Council Of Europe, ESCO and G20.”  

Chilcott reminded the audience that the UK is set to leave the EU next year and said “The United Kingdom and Turkey will be countries on two sides of this union which is perhaps the most important organisation in our region.” 

Ambassador Chilcott stated that Queen Elizabeth II had carried out two official visits to Turkey, in 1971 and 2008, and added that the two countries enjoy a strong relationship.

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek spoke at the reception, underlining that Turkey and the UK enjoy very strong ties and said “We have a relationship that goes back almost 500 years. We are determined to further develop and deepen this strong relationship.” 

Şimşek said that there were 400,000 Turkish citizens resident in Britain and more than 13,000 British citizens resident in Turkey and said that these people formed strong bonds between the two countries.

Şimşek expressed his pleasure at attending the event marking the Queen’s birthday and added “On behalf of my government and the Turkish people, I wish to extend my congratulations to the Queen on the occasion of her birthday."  

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