The Queen and Prince Philip continued their four day state visit to Turkey today with a visit to a 15th century mosque in the northwest of the vast country. The Queen has to wear traditional Islamic headgear.

Britain and Turkey were enemies during WWI when the British Empire fought the Ottoman Empire (most notable when the Ottoman Empire defeated the British Empire at Gallipoli in 1915-16), but nowadays are big allies. Unlike other European countries, Britain supports Turkey's bid to join the EU.

The Queen was there to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Queen of scarves: HRH dons Islamic headgear as she visits a Turkish mosque

15th May 2008
Daily Mail

It's not quite the sort of typically English headscarf we're used to seeing her in.

But then, the Queen wasn't anywhere typically English.

She wore the flowing head covering as a mark of respect as she visited a 15th century mosque on her state visit to Turkey.

The Queen wears a head scarf before entering the Ottoman era Green mosque in Bursa, western Turkey

The exotic scarf replaced the wide-brimmed hat she had been wearing to protect her from the hot sun, while her shoes were removed in favour of slipper-type socks.

She then made her way into the Green Mosque – so called because of the colour of its tiles – in the northwestern city of Bursa.

The Queen's four-day state visit to Turkey is designed to highlight and strengthen Britain's ties with the republic, which the UK is supporting in its campaign to become a member of the EU.

The Queen braves the weather as she leaves the Green Mosque flanked by Turkey's First Lady Hayrunnisa Gul

Soaking up the sights and sounds of the country yesterday, the Queen designed her own silk handkerchief as she toured an ancient textile market.

She was greeted by around 1,000 cheering locals when she arrived at the well-preserved bazaar.

She was joined on the trip to the former capital of the Ottoman empire by Prince Philip and Turkish president Abdullah Gul's wife Hayrunnisa.

Philip and the Queen disembark from the Royal Yacht Britannia on their last visit to Turkey

The local attractions obviously appealed to the Queen – one retailer told how she bought a pair of raw silk embroidered cushion covers for 250 Turkish lira (100).

The royal couple were later treated to a fashion show staged in the silk market's large open air courtyard.

Seated at separate tables after a Turkish lunch, Philip and the Queen watched intently as the models walked by on a circular stage.