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The Queen in Germany | State Visit to Germany: Berlin

HM Queen Elizabeth II visits West Berlin at the height of the Cold War.

CHANNEL | BBC 1

FIRST BROADCAST | 27 May 1965

DURATION | 52 minutes 41 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1965

Synopsis

Richard Dimbleby reports live from West Berlin on the historic visit there by the Queen and Prince Philip. This extract from the day's coverage features many shots of an open-topped car in the distance, but it also has an informative commentary by Dimbleby, who is clearly not a fan of the city's architecture. The report ends with the Queen's speech to a vast crowd in which she refers to her own German ancestry and praises the links between Britain and West Berlin.

Did you know?

This was the first visit by a British monarch to Germany for over half a century, the last royal trip having been in 1909, when King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra travelled to Berlin. In one of his speeches there, the King expressed his desire 'to cement the relations of the two empires and so to ensure the maintenance of the peace of the world'. However, World War I started just five years later and subsequent British sovereigns officially ignored Germany until this tour by the Queen and Prince Philip.

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