The Queen has warned of the dangers of division in Europe at a state banquet in Berlin, urging Britons and Germans not to take the benefits of a peaceful continent for granted.
We know that division in Europe is dangerous and that we must guard against it
The Queen in Berlin
Her speech, weaving historical events with present crises, was replete with some subtle and other not so subtle hints that she believed Britain belonged in the European Union – her most public stance yet that she wished to avoid Britain voting to leave in a referendum.
“The United Kingdom has always been closely involved in its continent. Even when our main focus was elsewhere in the world, our people played a key part in Europe,” she told an audience of 700 dignitaries.
David Cameron and foreign minister Philip Hammond, a staunch Eurosceptic, were in attendance. On Thursday, the prime minister will put forward his proposals for EU reform to other European leaders in Brussels.