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Old 01-05-2015, 03:17 PM
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It's good to see The Queen and Prince Philip is still giving it "the old college try" with the State Visit. Looking forward to the videos and pictures.
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I look forward to the state visit to Germany. I know that The Queen is cutting down on long haul travel, but there have been rumors of a longer trip. I think she will visit New Zealand, she hasn't been there since 2002.
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I look forward to the state visit to Germany. I know that The Queen is cutting down on long haul travel, but there have been rumors of a longer trip. I think she will visit New Zealand, she hasn't been there since 2002.
Really, I think it might be Malta for the Commonwealth meetings. Or does that not count as long-haul? :P
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:56 PM
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Well, the State Visit to Germany will be a delight to follow and if their are more overseas visits further afield in the planning, so much the better. Any official visits undertaken by the Queen are more special now than ever before.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:15 AM
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I would suggest the reason the visits are being kept to the major EU countries is almost entirely political. The UK's exit from the EU is almost inevitable at this stage and, despite his image abroad, this is not something David Cameron nor the British 'Establishment' actually wants. He wants a massively reformed EU and wants to show the people of the UK that this can be achieved by negotiation with the other big players. The problem he has is that the other EU countries basically want no part of it and the British people can see that.
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Really, I think it might be Malta for the Commonwealth meetings. Or does that not count as long-haul? :P
The flight time between London and Malta is only about 3 hours. That isn't long-haul. To Stockholm from London takes 2 hours.

Long-haul flights are at least 7 hours. Of course to fly to NZ or Australia is 24 hours in two legs - one about 7 - 8 hours and the other around 14 hours depending on the route. The one through Dubia/Abu Dabi is more even than that but BA uses the longer leg through Singapore and the shorter one from Singapore onwards.

William left for Malta, carried out around 10 engagements and returned over a weekend.
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The flight time between London and Malta is only about 3 hours. That isn't long-haul. To Stockholm from London takes 2 hours.

Long-haul flights are at least 7 hours. Of course to fly to NZ or Australia is 24 hours in two legs - one about 7 - 8 hours and the other around 14 hours depending on the route. The one through Dubia/Abu Dabi is more even than that but BA uses the longer leg through Singapore and the shorter one from Singapore onwards.

William left for Malta, carried out around 10 engagements and returned over a weekend.
Ok, thanks. I wasn't sure :P
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:31 AM
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PetticoatLane,

If Cameron genuinely believes a State visit to [an effectively unknown] German president will persuade anybody to revise their opinion of the EU, he is even more stupid than I gave him credit for.

The Presidency has nothing whatsoever to do with the [Brussels run] bureacracy that is the bugbear of so many of us, and the reason so many want OUT of the EU.

I'm more inclined to see this visit as a simple, courteous return State Visit, in the usual reciprocal manner. I hope, and believe it will be a success, but barring Frau Merkel dropping to her knees and pledging eternal fidelity ONLY to the laws enacted by 'the Queen in Parliament', it will make not one iota of difference to the way the EU is regarded,and distrusted in Britain.
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The announcement of this visit ties in rather well with Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast this year, during which she elaborated at some length on the theme of reconciliation, evoking the "Christmas Truce" on the Western Front in 1914.

Her Majesty's visit to Ireland (and her subsequent hosting of the Irish State Visit to the UK) will stand out in history as an act of reconciliation between the two states. During the visit, I would very much like to see a moment of reconciliation between the current heads of the Houses of Hohenzollern and Windsor, successors to the warring cousins of a century ago. It is time.
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I do not think that any of the Hohenzollerns will get near that State Visit. They have no official function in Germany any more and they play no role on an official level.
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Further details released ahead of Queen’s State Visit to Germany

Queen To Visit Nazi Concentration Camp

Queen pays first visit to Nazi death camp - Telegraph
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The program for the visit from the official website:

June 23
-Arrival in Berlin, received by an honour guard

June 24 - Berlin
-Official welcoming at Bellevue Palace by President Gauck
-Boat trip along the River Spree
-Meeting with Angela Merkel
-Wreath laying at the Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship
-Attendance at the lecture marking the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin's University of Technology
-State Banquet at Bellevue Palace

June 25 - Frankfurt/Berlin
-Visit to St Paul's Church, meeting with members of the local community
-Lunch at the Römer (City Hall) hosted by the Minister-President of Hesse
-Greeting members of the public in the central square
-Garden Party hosted by the British Ambassador in Berlin

June 26 - Berlin/Lower Saxony
-Meeting with members of the public in Pariser Platz
-Viewing of the Brandenburg Gate with the Mayor of Berlin
-Visit to the Bergen-Belsen memorial site, wreath laying at the inscription wall
-Farewell meeting with the local community at Celle Military Airport
-Departure to the UK
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Queen to be given Luftwaffe fighter escort and visit Belsen concentration camp on State visit to Germany - Telegraph

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The Queen will be escorted by three Luftwaffe fighter aircraft when she arrives in Germany for a State visit this month, before travelling to the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she will meet survivors who were liberated by the British.

Buckingham Palace announced that when the Queen arrives in Berlin on June 23 her aircraft will be escorted into a military airport by three Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the German Air Force, or Luftwaffe.
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German Luftwaffe to escort The Queen’s plane when she travels to Berlin German Luftwaffe to escort The Queen’s plane when she travels to Berlin
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David Cameron 'piggybacking' on Queen's State visit to Germany ahead of vital talks on EU membership - Telegraph

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David Cameron has been invited to "piggyback" on the Queen's state visit to Germany just hours before crucial EU talks involving Angela Merkel over Britain's relationship with Brussels.

The unusual invitation has raised eyebrows among some German sources as it is only the second time that Mr Cameron has joined the Queen abroad since being Prime Minister.

Downing Street insist that the Germans have invited Mr Cameron to the dinner and that the timing is coincidental.
David Cameron 'trying to drag the Queen' into his battle with the EU in Berlin | Daily Mail Online
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This is the Presidential Suite at Hotel Adlon in Berlin, where the Queen and Prince Philip will stay.

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I didn't watch the video, but I have to say those are some nice digs- a hotel fit- well for a Queen.
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A state visit by the Queen planned for next week has sent Germany into an untypical bout of enthusiasm for all things British.

For days, newspapers have been gripped by every obscure detail of the visit, down to the fact that the British ambassador’s lawn has been specially cleared of daisies ahead of a royal garden party.

Details of a four-page guide to royal protocol issued to guests have been gleefully reported – including a strict injunction against trying to take a selfie with Her Majesty.

Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, has even tried to stake a claim to the Royal family, running a lengthy feature on their German ancestry under the headline “How German is the Queen?”

It is a far cry from the usual portrayal of Britain in the German media, which is dominated by a highly critical view of the referendum on EU membership and David Cameron’s demands for reform.

Large crowds are expected to turn out to meet the Queen at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.
More: What the Germans really think of the British royal family - Telegraph
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The Queen's Bentley is already in Berlin.

Queen-Besuch in Berlin: Der Bentley der Königin ist schon da - Berlin - Bild.de
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Posts about the polo yesterday have been moved to the Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh Current Events 26: December 2014 thread.
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