“An era came to an end with Queen Elizabeth”
Ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel shares memories of the late Queen, with whom she says “an era came to an end”.
Angela Merkel (68) remembers the late Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). In the new “Spiegel” title story, the ex-chancellor looks back on her numerous encounters with the English monarch. The Queen “always asked questions” when they met, Merkel recalls. It was no different during her own farewell visit to Windsor Castle at the end of her chancellorship. “[…] and the nature of the questions already showed what she is interested in,” explains Merkel, somewhat nebulously, without going into more detail.
Queen Elizabeth II imitated her palace horses
In the first few weeks after the end of her chancellorship, Merkel also watched the Netflix series “The Crown”. However, the former German chancellor also has many personal memories of the late monarch. The Queen once looked out of the window with a cup of tea when she just reached Buckingham Palace. Another time, Elizabeth II showed her how her palace horses tripped. Merkel also watched the Queen’s state funeral in September on television.
The Queen’s ‘incredible’ performance shortly before her death
Nevertheless, Merkel does not want to be compared to the deceased queen, who was considered to be particularly enduring – like her. The 68-year-old particularly emphasizes how the Queen received the new Prime Minister Liz Truss (47) two days before her death at Balmoral Castle. “Incredible” is what the ex-chancellor called this feat of strength in “Spiegel” and found: “An era came to an end with Queen Elizabeth.”