British royals to attend Gallipoli commemoration ceremonies in Britain, Turkey
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARAMar 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Mar 06, 2015 12:00 am
According to a press release from the British Monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in London while Prince Charles and his son Prince Harry are to attend the commemoration ceremonies in Turkey marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli on April 25. While the Gülen Movement-affiliated daily Today's Zaman recently claimed that the commemorations have been cancelled due to low anticipated participation from the countries invited, Prince Charles and Harry are reported to be attending both the dawn service at Anzac Cove and the ceremony at Lone Pine on the morning of April 25. They will also attend other events in Turkey on April 24.
Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın stated during a press conference in late February that, "There is more participation and confirmation of attendance than expected, and it is continuing still. The commemorations will be prepared in line to honor our martyrs as Turkey is marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli." Regarding the allegations of poor attendance, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanju Bilgiç, also said on February 22 that all preparations were continuing as planned and the claims were fabricated.
The commemoration ceremonies in Turkey marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli are set to take place this year on April 23-24, dates confirmed by both Presidential and Prime Ministry sources. According to official sources, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ministry of National Defense to begin preparations for the ceremonies in which representatives from 77 countries are expected to attend.