As it happened: Final day of Queen's state visit
The Local · 26 Jun 2015, 14:30
Published: 26 Jun 2015 08:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2015 14:30 GMT+02:00
- As it happened: Queen's second day in Germany (25 Jun 15)
- What the Queen really has in her handbag (24 Jun 15)
- Crowds turn out for 'first chance' to see Queen (24 Jun 15)
That's it for the liveblog everyone! We hope you've enjoyed our regular updates about the royal goings-on over the last few days. Relive the magic of the Queen's arrival, her first day in Berlin, and Thursday's visit to Frankfurt - or find out what we think was really behind the visit.
13.55 - The final sendoff at Celle airport is from a group of local schoolchildren:
13.51 - And here's a warm goodbye tweet from the Queen's official account:
13.45 - Germany's Ambassador to the UK, Peter Ammon, bids a fond farewell to the Queen as she departs the country:
13.17 - Here's a nice word for Prince Phil. The Tagespiegel comments on how interested he was in the people he spoke to and how often he became deeply involved in conversation. Apparently this has also been the case at Bergen Belsen.
13.23 - The Queen and DofE are now meeting survivors and liberators of camp.
13.17 - The royals have now paid their respects at the grave of Ann Frank, who died weeks before the camp was liberated at the age of 15.
The Queen and Prince Philip pay their respects at the memorial for Anne Frank at Bergen Belsen... pic.twitter.com/cLqfineMZt— SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) June 26, 2015
13.11 - Here are some more pictures of the Queen and DofE laying a wreath at the memorial and paying their respects.
The Queen and Prince Philip lay a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in memory of those who perished at the hands of the Nazis pic.twitter.com/84yAzbhftI— SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) June 26, 2015
13.01 - She is being joined by the UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis who told ITV the visit was "terribly significant" to Jewish communities across the world.
12.55 - Her Majesty has placed a wreath at the monument to the 70,000 inmates, including Ann Frank and her sister Margot, who died here during the Second World War.
12.49 - This is a particularly meaningful occasion, as it is the Queen's first visit to Bergen-Belsen, which was the first concentration camp liberated by British forces in 1945.
12.46 - They've arrived at the concentration camp.
12.40 - Either one editor has fallen a bit too in love with the Queen or that word doesn't have so many meanings in German.
12.22 - And the Queen has touched down at Celle airstrip. And the Duke of Edinburgh. He should be there too.
10.58 - Mission accomplished for the Berlin police as they deliver the Queen safely to Tegel airport:
10.51 - Yet further back in time, this time with a picture of a very young Elizabeth II meeting West Germany's first post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1958.
10.38 - A quick blast from the past from the Queen's official Twitter account as she makes her way to the Bergen Belsen concentration camp memorial:
10.29 - Berlin police are rounding off a busy three days by escorting the Queen to Tegel airport:
10.24 - "I only got a glimpse of some yellow and it was hard to take pictures," Berliner Oliver Nolte tells Emma Anderson. "But it was nevertheless exciting. She may never come back. At least I can say I was there."
10.12 - And after all the hours of waiting, that's that for the hardy souls who made it to see the Queen:
It appears has left. Quite a short visit. People are leaving #QueenInBerlin— Emma Anderson (@emkanderson) June 26, 2015
10.08 - The Queen brought her walkabout to a swift end and just had time for a "historic" photo opportunity driving through the Brandenburg Gate in her Bentley:
10.02 - TV commentators are sagely pointing out that the Queen will likely change her bright-coloured outfit before she travels to Bergen Belsen later today:
09.59 - A quick historial note: in 1963 on this day, JFK was in Berlin to give his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech (no, he didn't say I am a donut):
09.55 - TV commentators are babbling about nothing and the bagpipe player is still warming up. It's going to be a long 10 minutes until the queen appears.
09.41 - We're not sure why the Queen's car is already there. She might get tired from walking all the way around the square and craning her neck to look up at the Brandenburg Gate.
Bagpipe music can be heard. Bentley has arrived #QueenInBerlin— Emma Anderson (@emkanderson) June 26, 2015
09.36 - Here's a quick video to give you a sense of all the exciting waiting going on outside the Hotel Adlon:
09.34 - "I find her very cool and I have the utmost respect for her. And I have to admit, I'm a big fan of the royal family," Sylvia Marteluca all the way from Nuremberg tells Emma Anderson.
09.26 - "I don't know why I came, I just thought why not, it might be the last chance to see her. It was spontaneous really," Anna Wetscher, a Ukrainian sociology grad student at Berlin's Free University, tells Emma Anderson.
09.24 - It's going to be a crush for anyone wanting to get to the front of the crowd for a chance at a smile or a quick word with Her Maj'.
09.17 - There's even a few misplaced Brits hanging around Pariser Platz flying the flag:
"I've only seen the Queen on TV before. I might have a better chance here to see her," Babatunde Kufo, Nottingham pic.twitter.com/bbXUkxCfy3— Emma Anderson (@emkanderson) June 26, 2015
09.10 - It's been a long day already for some of these royal-watchers:
Members of crowd of maybe 300 tell me they got up at 6am to see #QueenInBerlin— Emma Anderson (@emkanderson) June 26, 2015
09.08 - Some people are getting ideas above their station:
09.06 - "We are England fans, but mostly of the Queen and Prince Philip. We got up at 6 in the morning to come here and have been waiting since 8.15," Silvia Werner from Brandenburg tells Emma Anderson.
"The Queen represents stability. She holds her land together."
08.53 - Pariser Platz is already filling up with over an hour until the Queen arrives:
08.46 - It wouldn't be the Queen without lots of burly chaps in uniform keeping her safe:
08.44 - Emma Anderson's first tweet is in! Boy, is she hard working. puts the rest of us to shame
Queen Liz might be nursing a bit of a hangover this morning after one too many gins at the Garden Party at the British Residency last night, but she'll have to shake it of for a 9.45 start this morning. That's when she's scheduled to leave the Adlon Hotel for a brief walk around Pariser Platz, although she's made a bit of a habit of being late this visit - and it hasn't gone unnoticed.
Our reporter Emma Anderson is already heading down to the square to get her first glimpse of her royal highness. She's a massive royalist so the excitement could be a bit much for her - but I'm sure she'll cope admirably.
Later the Queen is off to Bergen Belsen concentration camp to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. As somebody who lived through the horrors of the Second World War, one would imagine this will be quite an emotional moment for her. That will be the last stop on what has been an action packed three days for the Queen in which the warmth of her personality almost certainly won over many a German fence sitter. She's still got it at 89 and you can't give her more of a tribute than that.