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The royal wiedersehen: Angela Merkel meets the Queen at Windsor Castle

The royal wiedersehen: Angela Merkel meets the Queen at Windsor Castle as the German chancellor prepares to bow out after 16 years in power

  • Mrs Merkel went to Windsor Castle for an audience with the monarch 
  • It was the second time they have met within a few weeks in England.
  • They were seen together at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month

The Queen had an audience with Angela Merkel today as the German chancellor continued her valedictory visit to Britain.

Mrs Merkel went to Windsor Castle for an  audience with the monarch after talks with Boris Johnson at Chequers.

It was the second time they have met within a few weeks, after they were seen together at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month.

The chancellor is preparing to hand over power after almost 16 years in the autumn and is making a series of farewell trips.

She and the Queen were pictured apparently sharing a joke as they posed for pictures this afternoon.

Mrs Merkel went to Windsor Castle for an audience with the monarch after talks with Boris Johnson at Chequers.

She and the Queen were pictured apparently sharing a joke as they posed for pictures this afternoon.

It was the second time they have met within a few weeks, after they were seen together at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month.

Mrs Merkel today backed down in a row over travel rules as she said in the ‘foreseeable future’ fully-vaccinated Brits will be able to visit Germany without having to quarantine.

Speaking alongside Boris Johnson at a press conference at Chequers, Mrs Merkel said Germany is ‘reviewing continuously’ its travel restrictions.

At the moment all UK travellers have to self-isolate on arrival in Germany for 14 days, with no exemptions.

But Mrs Merkel said that soon double-jabbed people ‘will be able to travel again without having to go into quarantine’.

Mrs Merkel last month had urged all EU member states to adopt Germany’s hardline approach to border rules.

Her comments today, following bilateral talks with Mr Johnson on the subject, pave the way for quarantine-free travel to open up across Europe in a massive boost for British holidaymakers.

Meanwhile, Mrs Merkel also congratulated the England football team and wished the nation luck after it beat Germany in the last 16 of the Euro 2020 tournament.

She said England ‘deserved’ to win the match on Tuesday but she admitted she was ‘a little bit saddened’ by the 2-0 defeat.

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