This afternoon, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa embarked on Luxembourg's first ever visit to Turkey at the head of state level between the two countries since they established diplomatic relations in 1947. But before you can arrive somewhere, you have to depart and Wort is giving us a rare video glimpse inside what is happening right before the Grand Duke leaves the country - there are soldiers, there is the government and a whole lot more.
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The actual travelling part entailed one of Team Luxarazzi's most favourite part of any state visit. As soon as the aircraft carrying Luxembourg's head of state crossed the border to Turkey, the escort of his plane by the country's airforce started. As Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and their entourage including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn, Minister of Finance Luc Frieden and Economy Minister Etienne Schneider left Luxembourg in the afternoon, it was already dark when they arrived to Ankara, Turkey's capital.
In the early evening hours, the Luxembourgish delegation was welcomed at Ankara's airport by government officials. The official part of the state visit, however, won't start until tomorrow. During the course of the week, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess will also visit Istanbul and Gaziantep before heading back home of Friday.