News Center -TDO- UK Ambassador to Ankara Sir Dominick Chilcott and his wife Lady Chilcott hosted a reception for the 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

In addition to Ambassador Dominick Chilcott, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the European Union Faruk Kaymakcı, Secretary of State for Exports at the British Ministry of International Trade Mike Freer and distinguished guests attended the reception held at the Embassy.

In his speech at the reception, Ambassador Chilcott stated that the Queen is the head of state of the United Kingdom and 53 Commonwealth of Nations countries and said, “No monarch in British history has ever served so long. More importantly, no ruler has ever served his people so well.”

Stating that the Queen has made more than 21 thousand visits to more than 100 countries to date, Ambassador Chilcott said that she has hosted 112 state visits, including 3 visits to Turkey. Expressing that Turkish presidents were also invited by the Queen in England, Ambassador Chilcott said, "In his homeland, he worked with 14 British prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson, who has one-eighth Ottoman blood."

In his speech here, Deputy Foreign Minister Kaymakcı stated that the relations between Turkey and England date back centuries, and that the two countries are also two important allies in NATO.

Reminding that Queen Elizabeth planted a tree in the embassy garden, Kaymakcı said, "We wish the Queen a long and healthy life. We know, the Queen also has a planted tree in this garden. Therefore, the Queen's memory, energy, dynamism and determination will always remain in our memory."

After the speeches, Hacettepe University State Conservatory and the United Kingdom Armed Forces Drum Band gave a concert.

Atakule, the symbol of the capital Ankara, was illuminated with the colors of the Turkish and British flags.

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