Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, left Turkey yesterday (29.11.07) after completing a five-day tour of the country.

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The royal pair flew out of Ankara Esenboga International Airport, after visiting some of Turkey’s historic and cultural attractions in Konya, Izmir, Istanbul and Ankara.

Before their departure, the prince and duchess visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, where Charles laid a wreath and wrote in the visitor’s book.

He wrote: ‘I am pleased to pay homage to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk here by his tomb. Turkey and Great Britain will continue to work together for world peace and friendship.’

Meanwhile, the prince has been criticised by the public for his hypocrisy after promising to reduce his carbon footprint and then using his private jet to fly back from his various stops throughout the country to his
luxurious hotel in Turkey’s capital Ankara every night.

The couple’s trip to Turkey, and their three-night stay in Uganda immediately prior to the tour, is expected to cost taxpayers nearly £500,000.