November 06, 2013 09:20
President Park Geun-hye started a state visit to the U.K. on Tuesday, on the second leg of a trip to Europe.
On Tuesday morning, Park was taken from her hotel accompanied by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, to Horse Guards Square, where she was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Korean national anthem was played as Park and the queen walked to an elevated platform amid a 41-gun salute.
Park and Prince Philip then inspected an honor guard. Introduced by the queen, Park shook hands with Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Home Secretary Theresa May.
Park then got in a carriage drawn by six white horses along with the queen and the duke, followed by other horse-drawn carriages with her official entourage and escorted by the Royal Horse Guards.
The parade passed south of the Queen's Garden and arrived at Buckingham Palace about 10 minutes later.
In the carriage, officials said Park recalled the queen's state visit to Korea in 1999 and pointed out that her current visit marks not only the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the U.K. but the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. She also congratulated the queen on the birth of her great-grandson George.
A luncheon hosted by the queen at Buckingham Palace was also attended by Prince Andrew, the queen's youngest son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and her daughter Princess Anne.
In the afternoon, Park attended a ground-breaking ceremony for a Korean War memorial, a first in the U.K., on the Embankment near the Defense Ministry compound.
The ceremony was also attended by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge the second in line to the throne, British military leaders and Korean War veterans.
Park also visited the Houses of Parliament, where she spoke with members including House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and House of Lords Speaker Baroness D'Souza.
At a state dinner later, Park delivered a speech in English.
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