Queen Elizabeth will make her first visit to one of Hitler’s death camps when she and her husband, Prince Philip, undertake a tour of Germany in a few weeks.
On June 26, Elizabeth, 89, and Philip, 93, will be visiting Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where 70,000 people were murdered by the Nazis between 1941 and 1945. Teenage diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot are among the thousands buried there.
In contrast to the earlier part of their four-day tour, the stop will come without the trappings of a state visit, as she and Philip will simply be welcomed to the site by the director.
“She wants it to be personal and reflective,” a senior royal official said at a Buckingham Palace briefing. “It’s lower key.”
The Queen is expected to quietly tour the site, which has become an international remembrance of the horrors of WWII. She will also meet survivors and liberators.
Her visit to Bergen-Belsen will follow her farewell to Berlin, when she will walk down a street and meet well-wishers before being driven through the Brandenberg Gate, which will be something of a symbolic farewell to the people and officialdom in Germany.
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