The Queen has seen many historic moments over her 66-year reign, spanning the 20th century and going strong into the 21st. This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the momentous event which marked the end of the Cold War. Her Majesty will surely remember the landmark moment the wall came down – and she also had her own historic role to play in the events leading up to the fall.
The Queen had a significant role in bringing about the end of the Cold War when she warmed diplomatic relations between the UK and the Soviet Union.
2012 Amazon Prime documentary “The Queen’s Diamond Decades” takes a look back at some of the historic moments in Her Majesty’s life and features footage of the momentous occasion in 1989.
Patricia Hodge says: “The Berlin Wall was finally coming down. Years of intense diplomatic activity had played its part, as had the Queen.”
Just seven months before the Berlin Wall started to be dismantled, before it finally fell for good in 1991, she had received Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on a diplomatic visit at Windsor Castle.
The fall of the Berlin Wall; Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)
The fall of the Berlin Wall on the night of 9 November 1989 (Image: Getty)
The documentary explains: “He’d been warmly received at Windsor and given a royal tour of the castle by the Queen herself.”
The documentary features archive footage of weeping East Germans celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and taking pickaxes to the concrete wall that had divided the city for 28 years.
Robert Hardman, in his 2018 book “Queen of the World”, comments: “UK-Soviet relations were still well short of the diplomatic intimacy required for a state visit when the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, made a historic 36-hour visit to Britain in 1989.
“The trip would be a key moment in bringing about the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
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Queen Elizabeth II with Gorbachev (Image: Getty)
“That one lunch had achieved a more powerful diplomatic impact than so many of those 110 sumptuous state visits before or since.”
In addition to welcoming the Soviet premier, another historic