Turkey's President Abdullah Gül and The King at the opening of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
On Tuesday 12 March, the second day of the state visit from Turkey began with President Abdullah Gül meeting Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. The Queen and Mrs Gül started the day with a visit to Stockholm City Library.
President Abdullah Gül was received at Rosenbad by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt for discussions. In connection with this, Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu signed a declaration on strategic cooperation. At the same time, The Queen and Mrs Gül visited Stockholm City Library where they were welcomed by Larry Lempert, Director of the International Library, who spoke about literature and promoting children's literacy. In the morning, The King and Queen and the Presidential couple visited the National Museum of Science and Technology. They were given a tour by the museum's director Ann Follin, and Professor Björn O. Nilsson, CEO of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, gave a presentation of the Academy. The King and Queen and the Presidential couple then continued to Stockholm City Hall, where lunch was served. During the afternoon, The King and President Abdullah Gül attended the opening of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University. The King and the President were received by Professor Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University, and Dr Paul Levin, Director of the Institute. Find out more about the Institute for Turkish Studies here. The Queen and Mrs Gül visited the Royal Collections' Conservation Department at the Royal Palace of Stockholm and were shown around by Lisen Tamm, Head of the Conservation Department. Mrs Gül and The Queen concluded the day by visiting the Treasury at the Royal Palace of Stockholm, where Acting Head of the Visitor Department Ulla Lind showed them the Swedish Regalia. Find out more about the Treasury here.