As it happened: Queen arrives in Berlin
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:
The red carpet ahead of The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh"s arrival in Berlin at the start of their State visit. pic.twitter.com/wt5jF3ALbp— Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes) June 23, 2015