British Queen Rolls Out Red Carpet for Park

      November 06, 2013 11:44

      Queen Elizabeth II proved an attentive hostess during the welcome for President Park Geun-hye, who is staying at the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace. The queen personally guided Park to the suite, where Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, the queen's second and third sons, were born.

      Staff had also made sure that items related to Korea were placed along the passages and hallways that would be used by the Korean leader during her stay.

      President Park Geun-hye shakes hands with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Horse Guards Square in London on Tuesday. /Newsis

      The queen allegedly chose the wine and food for her dinner for Park personally as well as checking details like the Chinaware.

      Around 170 guests from both sides attended the dinner.

      Park had been invited to the U.K. several times when she was a lawmaker but had been unable to accept due to political circumstances here. The U.K. government apparently invited her just after she was elected president in December of last year.

      It was Park's first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II.

      President Park Geun-hye (left) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (center) toast at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday. /Reuters-Newsis

      She presented the queen with traditional Korean nine-section food platter and ginseng and gave Prince Andrew a lacquer chest. The queen presented Park with a silver platter.

      Queen Elizabeth II awarded Park the Grand Cross of the Order of Bath, which is the highest honor the U.K. presents to visiting heads of state. Former presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun were also recipients.

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