Full Citation

  • Title Queen at Berlin Wall; 100,000 Cheer Her
  • Author By United Press International
  • Publication Title New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection New York Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Friday,  May 28, 1965
  • Issue Number 25619
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
I ' HM Wm i .or m i m £ j iIIIIS lliill ■ •0V. v . V m if- mm mm 3; \ x Six Is - '! \ ip|i pill % I. Ar II m Associated Press. I QUEEN AT THE WALL—Queen Elizabeth and ’rince Philip stand to inspect the Communist Wall n Berlin as Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, center, ind West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt remain seated. Queen at Berlin Wall; 100,000 Cheer Her By United Press International |)ERLIN, May 27.— Queen feabeth II followed President knedy’s footsteps to the Berlin B1 today in the most dramatic fcnent of her German tour. Minutes later, in a speech before cheering crowd of more than [,006 in nearby John F. Ken- p Platz, she pledged Britain’s B support to West Berlin. It the climax of her ten-day tour the monarch drove up to the wall under the eyes of East German soldiers and ordered her limousine to halt. She paused and gazed through the Brandenburg Gate, where Mr. Kennedy made his triumphant visit to the wall in the last summer of his life. The smile that Elizabeth had given West Berlin faded. Easterners Try She looked across the gray wall and saw the hump of dirt that marks Hitler’s bunker, where the Communists had placed an armor¬ ed car for the occasion. Communist troops stood atop buildings and watched the monarch through binoculars. Other Communist police chased away about 250 East Berliners who had gathered in hope of seeing the queen. The crowd refused orders to go back, so 15 policemen pushed them back and away. There was no fighting. At one point Prince Philip wav¬ ed and smiled toward East Ger¬ man soldiers standing on a view¬ ing platform. The soldiers smiled but did not wave back. The royal smiles came before and after the unscheduled wall stop when an estimated 562,000 West Berliners flooded the streets to chant “Elizabeth . . . Elizabeth.” Union Jack Waved For Mr. Kennedy’s visit West Berliners shed tears of joy. Today they laughed with joy. Little girls dashed out of the roadside crowds and heaped bou¬ quets into the limousine bearing the queen, her waving husband, a grinning Mayor Willy Brandt and a smiling West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard. The crowd waved Union Jacks and handkerchiefs, cheered, chant¬ ed her name. Men took off their hats as her motorcade passed by. Some Berliners held up their dogs to get a look at the queen. A teen-ager carried a sign that read: “Now we are sailing with England.” This was a variation of the old Nazi war song: “Sailing Against England.” Later the queen told the crowd in Kennedy Platz: “We thank you for the warmth and vigor of the reception you have given us, and wish you and your fellow citizens godspeed in the great tasks that lie before you, in which you can continue to count upon the full support of the British gov¬ ernment and people.” Thousands of East Berliners fol¬ lowed her six-hour visit on Western television. On to Hannover The Eastern regime chose yester¬ day and today to undertake repairs on the 110-mile highway through East Germany that links the city with the West, causing a huge pile- up of traffic at both ends. At the same time, the Communist news agency ADN described Mr. Erhard’s arrival with the queen as a “provocation” and accused him of exploiting the royal visit for an “aggressive demonstration.” Later the queen received another gay, warm welcome in Hannover. Hanoverians, the most “royalist” of all Germans, stood eight and ten deep in the gaily decorated streets, waving and cheering as she toured the city with a police motorcycle escort and helicopters whirring overhead.