Queen Elizabeth II visits Germany

Queen Elizabeth II meets with German president during visit to Berlin

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip met with German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt during their first day of three day visit to Germany on Wednesday.

The British monarch was greeted by the country’s military honor guard and by the German national anthem as well as the British national anthem “God Save the Queen.”

Afterwards, the royal couple met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German and British officials have not released detailed information about the purpose of the Queen’s visit. Although the details of her meeting with Merkel were not revealed by British officials, Merkel gave some hints about their talks.

“I do wish for Great Britain to stay in the European Union. But we will of course discuss what ideas the British government has in order for such a referendum to be successful,” Merkel said.

The Queen visited the Technical University of Berlin (TU) in order to attend a lecture by British art historian and British Museum director Neil MacGregor.

Queen Elizabeth together with her husband will head to Frankfurt on Thursday. The British monarch is to visit with Berliners and the former Nazi Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Lower Saxony in which the young diarist Anne Frank died in 1945.

The royal couple’s visit to Germany overlaps with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s meeting with Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip visited Germany in 1965 for the first time. These state visits were repeated in 1965, 1978, 1992 and 2004.


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