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's interested in," explains Merkel, somewhat nebulously, without going into more detail.
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) at Balmoral Castle two days before her death. "Incredible" is what the ex-chancellor called this feat of strength in "Spiegel" and found: "An era came to an end with Queen Elizabeth."