Queen Elizabeth II meets Angela Merkel on Day 1 State Visit to Germany
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip started their first full day of state visit to Germany with a ceremonial welcome at the Schloss Bellevue. The official website of the British Monarchy detailed:
“…they were greeted by President Gauck and Ms Schadt, before travelling down the River Spree to the Chancellery to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel."
Hundreds of school children packed the bridges along the route, holding British and German flags as they gleefully caught glimpse of Her Majesty. The Queen returned their well-wishes with a warm wave.
At the Chancellery, Merkel offered the Queen a cup of then and then showed Her Majesty the Berlin skyline from her office, pointing out landmarks including where the Berlin Wall used to run through the center of the city, Telegraph reports. The two then talked in private.
Her Majesty then laid wreath at Germany's Central memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship, before visiting Berlin's Technical University to hear The Queen's Lecture being delivered.
A State Banquet was held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who “spoke of the strength of the ties between the United Kingdom and Germany, saying, 'Our work together includes every part of life, from politics to commerce, from industry to every aspect of the arts.'”