• Germany's news in English

British shop booms on eve of Queen's visit

The Local · 23 Jun 2015, 17:34

Published: 23 Jun 2015 17:34 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Broken English is a shop in Kreuzberg, Berlin that sells British nick-nacks, food and drink. From  Marmite to scones, and shelves and shelves of tea, this little snapshot of the British Isles has it all.

Dale Carr, who has witnessed numerous State Visits and major royal events, opened the shop 20 years ago, and business is booming as people prepare for the Queen's arrival.

Marmite, the ultimate British condiment: Photo: Matty Edwards

Previous visits by Her Maj' have attracted reasonable attention, but this time round things are different.

"I'm running out of stock to sell. This level of intensity is nothing like the visit in 2004," Carr told The Local. "No other world leader or major figure can attract this level of attention."

On a rainy Berlin day, strangely fitting for a visit from the British monarchy, Germans were undeterred, and came to buy supplies to help them get in the mood.

"It is hard to say why Germans are so interested, but I think the Queen has earned incredible respect as a person, after representing Britain for so long," Carr said.

She also spoke fondly of other royals, describing Prince Charles as "a maligned and misunderstood pioneer", and Prince William as "the perfect future king."

"The only day I have closed the shop, apart from Sundays, was when Diana died in 1997," she added.

An assortment of British memorabilia. Photo: Matty Edwards

One German customer, who was purchasing the classic combination of scones, clotted cream and jam, said she was against the idea of monarchy, but that she just enjoyed the sense of pomp and ceremony.

"It is particularly interesting because realistically this could be the last visit for the Queen," she said.

Whether the Germans see the British as sophisticated or simply eccentric, there is a definitive demand for all things from "der Insel".

A book on how to become the perfect Brit. Photo: Matty Edwards

Carr has lived in the German capital for over 30 years, and she spoke very highly of the city and its people.

Story continues below…

"I have always felt very welcome as a British person here, especially in recent years," she said.

"Opening this shop changed my life, because it gave me a connection to my adopted country."

She has become somewhat of a celebrity over the last week, as various elements of the German media have been keen to talk to her, including TV broadcasters ZDF, for whom she will do a live broadcast on Wednesday.

Check out how you can catch a glimpse of Her Majesty in the flesh in Germany this week.

By Matty Edwards

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German town, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

Student fined for spying on women via their webcams
Photo: DPA

Student from Munich fined €1,000 for spying on 32 different computers, using their webcams to take photographs, or record their keyboard history.

This is how much startup geeks earn in Germany
Photo: DPA

A comprehensive new survey of 143 startup founders shows how much you are likely to be earning at a German startup, from entry level all the way up to sitting on the board.

Man dies after beating for peeing near Freiburg church
The Johannes Church in Freiburg. Photo Jörgens Mi/Wikipedia

A middle-aged man from southern Germany has died after being attacked by a group of men who took umbrage with the fact he was urinating in the vicinity of a church.

The Local List
Seven German celebrities with uncanny doppelgängers
Former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit and actor Alec Baldwin. Photo: DPA; Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Check out these seven look-a-likes of well known German figures - we admit that some are more tenuous than others...

Israel seeks to buy three new German submarines: report
A Dolphin class submarine. Photo: DPA

Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of €1.2 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

Here’s where people live the longest in Germany
Photo: DPA

Germans down south seem to know the secret to a long life.

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
Photo: DPA

The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

'Reichsbürger' pair attack police in Saxony-Anhalt
File photo: DPA.

A "Reichsbürger" and his wife attacked police officers on Thursday, just a day after another Reichsbürger fatally shot an officer in Bavaria.

Five things not to miss at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Photo: DPA

From consulting a book doctor to immersing yourself in an author's world with the help of virtual reality, here are five things not to miss at this week's Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest publishing event.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd