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Queen visits site of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

The Queen has spoken of the "horrific" scenes British forces faced when they liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as she visited the notorious site.

At the camp in northern Germany where 70,000 people died from disease, starvation or brutal mistreatment, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh paid their respects by laying a wreath.

With quiet dignity and the minimum of protocol, the royal couple toured the site which was razed to the ground and is now a museum and memorial to those who died during the Second World War.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

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Queen lays wreath to Bergen-Belsen dead

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh lay a wreath at Bergen-Belsen. Credit: Reuters

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have laid a wreath at the former Nazi death camp at Bergen-Belsen.

In Her Majesty's first trip to the site of a concentration camp, she paid her respects to the tens of thousands of people who died there.

The royal couple toured the site in northern Germany which was razed to the ground and is now a museum and memorial.

At the site's Inscription Wall, she and Philip laid a wreath near the words "To the memory of all those who died in this place".

The royal couple toured the site in northern Germany. Credit: Reuters
Security was tight around Bergen-Belsen ahead of the visit. Credit: PA
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