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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 10:59 GMT
Orchestra plays for bombed church
Protesters in 1992
Protesters opposed the Queen's visit to Dresden in 1992.
An orchestra based in the north-east of England will donate concert proceeds to help rebuild a German Cathedral.

Dresden Cathedral, or the Frauenkirche, was devastated by Allied bombing during World War II - a raid which killed 50,000 people in the city.

Gateshead-based Northern Sinfonia are performing the concert in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

The donation was suggested by the Queen, who is in Germany to promote post-war reconciliation.

The Berlin concert, which will be attended by 2,000 people, is one of the biggest events ever hosted by the Queen abroad.

In a further bid to heal old wounds, she will lay wreaths to the memory of those who died on both sides of the conflict.

British Embassy officials recently dismissed press reports that some Germans are demanding the Queen should apologise for the Dresden bombing as a "non-story".

During her last state visit to Germany in 1992, two eggs were thrown at her car when she was in Dresden for a church service of reconciliation.

It is understood that the Palace has received no request calling for a Royal apology.


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