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President Park on state visit to U.K.

President Park Geun-hye arrived in London on November 4 to begin her state visit to the United Kingdom. President Park began her itinerary with an official ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade on November 5. Attendees at the welcoming ceremony included Queen Elizabeth II and her spouse, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State William Hague and other U.K. government officials.

President Park rode in a royal carriage together with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Buckingham Palace after attending the official welcoming ceremony. The president reminded the queen of her visit to Korea in 1999 and expressed her gratitude to the queen for inviting her for a state visit to the country. She also mentioned that this year marks the 130th anniversary of establishing Korea-U.K. diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of the queen's coronation. She also congratulated Her Majesty on the recent birth of Prince George, her great-grandson, and wished lasting prosperity on the royal family.

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President Park Geun-hye (right) rides in a state carriage together with Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) and her spouse on their way to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)

President Park Geun-hye (right) rides in a state carriage together with Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) and her spouse on their way to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)


The royal couple expressed their hope that President Park’s U.K. visit would boost the British people’s understanding of Korea and lead to more active exchanges between the two countries. The queen also hoped that President Park would fully enjoy her time during her stay at Buckingham Palace.

President Park attended a welcoming luncheon hosted by the queen later that day. The luncheon was attended by about 50 people, including Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Princess Anne and her spouse, Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, other members of the royal family and high-ranking U.K. government officials. After the banquet, President Park received the Grand Cross of the Order of Bath from the queen.

The president and her hosts also attended an exhibition of Korea-related items from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. The artifacts included a fan gifted to the queen during her visit to Hahoe Village and a yangban mask she received from the mayor of Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province), both received during her visit to Korea in 1999.

By Wi Tack-whan, Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writers
whan23@korea.kr

The Royal Horse Guards follow the royal carriage carrying President Park, the queen and her spouse to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)

The Royal Horse Guards follow the royal carriage carrying President Park, the queen and her spouse to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)


The crowds gather to welcome the royal carriage carrying President Park, the queen and her spouse on their way to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)

The crowds gather to welcome the royal carriage carrying President Park, the queen and her spouse on their way to Buckingham Palace in London on November 5. (Photo: Jeon Han)

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