Queen to host Germany's Merkel during UK visit

The Queen, who has met the chancellor several times during Angela Merkel's 16 years in power, will host the German leader at Windsor Castle, west of London.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gestures as she views exhibits at the new Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle, Stirling in Scotland on 29 June 2021, as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week. Picture: Andrew Milligan/POOL/AFP

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel when she visits Britain this week, Buckingham Palace said on Wednesday.

The Queen, who has met the chancellor several times during Merkel's 16 years in power, will host the German leader at Windsor Castle, west of London.

Merkel's visit is expected to be her last to Britain after the announcement she will retire from politics after the upcoming legislative elections.

The chancellor was also among leaders hosted at this month's G7 summit in Cornwall, southwest England, which the 95-year-old Queen attended.

On Friday, the German leader will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his Chequers country retreat northwest of London.

The pair are expected to discuss Britain's fractious post-Brexit relationship with the European Union, which overshadowed discussions at the G7.

Checks on goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK under a protocol signed separately from the Brexit trade deal agreed in December, has proven a particular point of contention between London and other European capitals.

Merkel has led the charge for the 27-member bloc to quarantine travellers from Britain and stop the spread on the continent of a more transmissible Delta variant strain of the coronavirus first identified in India.

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