REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The Afghan Queen and a Kind Gesture of Atatürk

THE AFGHAN QUEEN AND A NICE GESTURE OF ATATÜRK

About the middle of the party, we also started to play. After one or two songs Atatürk and Queen came near to us, apparently the Queen plays Kanun (a zithar-like instrument) she listened to Vedat playing admirably while she showed her admiration the long skirts of her evening dress, which she smoothed with her fingers. There was a silk mass on the ground. The king must have been irritated by this so touched the Queen’s foot with the tip of his boot, when Atatürk bowed down politely and took the skirts dropped down and gave them back to the Queen.

I have never forgot the significance I saw in the Queen’s eyes when she was looking at Atatürk and the King despite many yearshave passed.