Queen hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle

The Queen has hosted Angela Merkel at her Windsor Castle home as the politician made her final visit to the UK as German Chancellor.

After a day of talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Chequers, Mrs Merkel sat down for a meeting with the Queen.

Just a few hours earlier, the informally dressed Queen had joined visitors at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and she clearly enjoyed herself watching horses and ponies being put through their paces.

During a press conference with the prime minister, Mrs Merkel gave an update on her position on Britons visiting the continent, saying those who had been double-jabbed should be able to holiday in Europe without quarantine in the “foreseeable future”.

The head of state and the German Chancellor posed for a picture before their audience began at the Queen’s Berkshire home.

The pair met only a few weeks ago when the UK hosted G7 leaders in Cornwall and the Queen led her family at a reception for the foreign guests at the Eden Project.

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The Queen receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Steve Parsons/PA)

After a family photo with world leaders, Mrs Merkel walked over to the Queen and thanked her for posing for the picture, saying: “Thank you for doing that for us.”

The Windsor Castle meeting comes days after England defeated Germany 2-0 to in Euro 2020, crushing their old rivals’ dreams.

The Queen’s great-grandson Prince George, with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were among those at Wembley on Tuesday night to see England beat Germany in a tournament knockout game for the first time since 1966.