As it happened: Queen arrives in Berlin

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As it happened: Queen arrives in Berlin
Queen Elizabeth II greeting German dignitaries on the red carpet at Tegel Airport in Berlin. Photo: DPA

UPDATED: Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Berlin on Tuesday night. Here's how the first moments of her three-day visit unfolded.


That's it for the Queen's official arrival! We're keeping this page up as a reverse-chronological order record of the evening - just scroll to the bottom to relive the magic...

The final touch: raising the royal standard alongside the flag of Berlin atop the Adlon. The two fellows on the roof had a shock moment when they almost raised it the upside down, but quickly recovered.

And then the waiting crowds were greeted with a quick glimpse of the monarch as she stepped out onto yet another red carpet - although this one was at least under an awning:

There was a first glimpse of the royal convoy through the Brandenburg Gate as it headed along the Strasse des 17. Juni towards Pariser Platz:

That was it for the airport - but there's still a chance to spot her at the Adlon hotel!

But it is rainy in Berlin and the open door of the official car looks very tempting:

A smiling first appearance as the Queen emerges down the steps:

A traditional part of protocol: the Queen is welcomed to a country while still aboard her aircraft:

And the honour guard take their places by the red carpet:

And here's a better shot of that royal standard:

A flawlessly-turned-out honour guard from the Bundeswehr (German army) were on the scene to welcome the monarch:

The flag is the first thing to appear outside the fuselage as the plane heads towards the red carpet:

It was a textbook landing from a hand-picked pilot:

And then the first sight of the royal plane:

Lots of work to do to make sure that everything runs according to plan:

The Queen has a very strong personal relationship with Germany:

This would have been a strange thing to say even at the beginning of the Queen's reign, a few years after the end of the Second World War:

We spoke with one British shopkeeper who's having a once-in-a-lifetime boon to her business in Berlin:

Chancellor Angela Merkel was keen to point out the Queen's stamina aged 89:

Germany is joining a very exclusive club with this latest state visit:

Unfortunately, rain means the red carpet isn't quite as glamourous as it could be:



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