26 June 2015: The British royal couple visiting the Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Queen Elizabeth II talking to witnesses: liberators and the liberated. Photo by Jesco Denzel. Bergen-Belsen Memorial (Lower Saxony Memorials Foundation)
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the site of the Bergen-Belsen prisoner of war and concentration camps
The royals have seen a memorial dedicated to the diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot, and met with survivors and liberators of the camp. Their visit to Bergen-Belsen has been personal and conducted with a minimum of ceremony.
Troops liberating Bergen Belsen on 15 April 1945 discovered more than 10,000 bodies. Many thousands more lost their lives in the weeks after liberation, despite British troops establishing a field hospital. more...