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Her Majesty The Queen has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as President Joachim Gauck, on the first day of her state visit to...

Her Majesty The Queen has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as President Joachim Gauck, on the first day of her state visit to the country.
 
The Queen arrived yesterday on a chartered private jet, before leaving the airport in a British state limousine, specially transported by lorry from the UK for the visit, escorted by 15 motorcycle outriders.
 
German Eurofighters escorting Her Majesty. Picture: German Air Force
 
Her Majesty began her day at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of President Gauck, being welcomed by a guard of honour.
 
Picture: Steffen Kugler
 
State visits are normally marked by an exchange of gifts between the heads of state and today was no exception, with the President presented the Queen with a stylised painting of herself .
 
Depicting her sat on a pony as a child, with her father George VI holding the reins, prompting the monarch to declare "that's a funny colour for a horse".
 
Philip received a more traditional gift - an 18th century map of Europe - and the royal couple were also given some luxury marzipan.
 
 
Her Majesty and Prince Philip then took a boat through the centre of Berlin to the Chancellor's Office. 
 
Thousands of people lined the banks to catch a glimpse of their famous visitors travelling in Ajax, an open pleasure cruiser built for a German brewing magnate in the year the Queen was born, 1926.
 
Onlookers cheered from the banks and waved Union flags, while hundreds of schoolchildren stood screaming on a bridge as the monarch passed below.
 
 
After the boat trip, Chancellor Angela Merkel met the Queen and Philip at her office in central Berlin.
 
Inside the Chancellery, two of the world's most influential women sat down for a cup of tea and a cosy chat together.
 
The chancellor showed the Queen the Berlin skyline from her office, pointing out landmarks including where the wall used to run through the centre of the city.
 
 
Next stop for the Queen was Neue Wache, Germany's memorial for victims of war and tyranny, where she lay a wreath. 
 

Die Königin legt an der Neuen Wache, der zentralen Gedenkstätte für die Opfer von Krieg und Gewaltherrschaft, einen Kranz nieder #QueeninGermany

Posted by British Embassy Berlin on Wednesday, 24 June 2015
 
This evening, meanwhile, President Gauck will host a state banquet for 140 guests in her honour.
 
With thanks to the British Embassy in Berlin.