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  • Title The Queen Goes to Berlin Wall
  • Author Baker, Blake, Daily Telegraph Staff Correspondent
  • Publication Title The Daily Telegraph
  • Collection The Daily Telegraph
  • Date Friday,  May 28, 1965
  • Issue Number 34243
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication London, England
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library Telegraph Media Group
  • Copyright Statement © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
THE QUEEN COES TO BERLIN WALL -f- The Queen and Prince PhiJip driving past the BerJin WaH yesterday, watched from an East German observation tower (BELOW). [Other pictures—P20.] E. GERMAN GUARDS WATCH BL^KEIMKER Daffy TelegrapA Sta// Carraapantfaw# BERLIN, Thursday. rpHE QUEEN had a long look at the Berlin WaH *** to-day. Later she spoke of a "divided world" and pledged Britain's full support for the German people in the " great tasks " before them. She and Prince Philip came to the WaH, the Communist barrier dividing Berlin, after half an hour's drive through a gay and excited city. More than a million ltitd to have people are estimated turned out to greet them during the day. [Berlin's welcome—P21.] At the Br-ridenburg Gate the carnival atmosphere ended. The Queen's open Mercedes slowed and stopped. 3t was the Queen's first view of Communist territory. For almost two minutes she gazed through the Gate into East Berlin. CIVILIANS ABSENT Binocular scrutiny The Communists had not hung flags over the openings in the Gate, as they did on President* Kennedy's visit and the Queen was able to see the silent stretch of Unterden-Linden, on the other side. There was not a civilian in sight. Nor was there a sound to be heard. West Berliners were not allowed to approach so near the dividing line. East German guards watched the Queen and Prince Philip through binoculars. Another had what appeared to be a telescopic camera. (Continued on Back Page. CoL 3) THE QUEEN IN BERLIN f from P I J Prince Philip took photographs of the Gate. As the car was leaving he smiled and waved. It was an enigmatic gesture. Was it intended for the East German guards on their viewing platform? They smiled, but did not wave back. A crowd of about 300 East Berliners had waited patiently for a glimpse of the Queen, but the police had kept them a long way down Unter-den-Linden. where they had no view through the Gate. As the Royal car hugged the Wall, with its ugly topping of barbed wire, the Queen and Prince Philip stood up in full view of knots of Communist guards. Herr Willy Brandt, the West Berlin Mayor, sitting beside Dr. Erhard, the Federal Chancellor, in the open car, pointed out places of interest to the Queen. British troops guarding the Soviet war memorial inside the British sector, presented arms as the car swept past. Police struggled to hold back crowds. At the Potsdamer Platz. formerly the busiest centre of Berlin but now cut in half by the Wall. Communist guards armed with machine pistols watched through binoculars about 30 yards away. The car. with the Queen and Prince Philip still standing, passed a few feet from the Wall. Soon they were back among the cheering crowds. 200,000 CROWD City Ha!I weicome Two hundred thousand people are estimated to have thronged Kennedy Square, before the Shoneberg City Hall, and the streets around it. Pride of place had been given to hundreds of children. The square was a sea of waving paper Union Jacks. As the Queen appeared on a dais on the City Hall steps pandemonium broke out. a storm of cheers, whistles, and chants of " El iz a beth." She said: " It is a deeply moving experience to be with you here in this courageous and famous city, near the end of our unforgettable visit to Germany. "Nowhere is the tragedy of a divided world more evident than in this city. While other cities have enjoyed 20 years of peaceful redevelopment and progress. Berlin has never ceased to struggle for her existence. " The courage and persistence of the people and your tremendous achievements in spite of every difficulty are a glowing inspiration to he whole free world. " My countrymen, whether at home or stationed with our American and French allies here in Berlin. are proud to have helped to create and maintain the conditions of freedom and security which are so essential to the full expression oi the human spirit." After referring to the tasks ahead for Berliners, the Queen said: "You can continue to count upon the full support of the British Government and people." Dr. Erhard said the Queen's visit to Berlin was a " great and memorable day " for all Germans. Those behind the Communist Wall, he said, also shared their joy, albeit with pain and nostalgia. Dr. Erhard denounced the Wall as " a wall of slavery." To-night thv Queen and Prince Philip dew to Hanover. A crowd of 3.000 greeted them at the airport. There was a gala reception to-night at Hanover's Herrenhausen Palace given by Dr. Georg Diederichs. Lower Saxony Premier. The Queen, in a spring-green lace gown, diamond tiara and emerald necklace, was received with subdued hand clapping by the guests. The Queen and Prince Philip later returned to the Royal train for the trip to Hamburg for the last day of the State visit. Berlin s Carnival Weicome—P2I Pictures—P20