Happy birthday, Nordrhein-Westfalen!
Feierlicher Festakt zum 70. Landesgeburtstag in Düsseldorf
As part of the celebrations, Prince William attended a military parade involving British soldiers from 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade. During the parade NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft awarded the Brigade the ‘Fahnenband‘, the federal state’s highest honour awarded to military units or organisations. The honour was presented in recognition of their service and contribution to the defence of Germany during the “Cold War”, and for the enduring friendship and the development of the close ties that now exist between the two countries.
In his speech in Dusseldorf, Prince William made reference to the close co-operation between Germany and Britain over the decades;
Britain’s historic connection with North Rhine-Westphalia has created a unique set of ties which retain their relevance and importance to the present day. You are Britain’s closest German economic partner; you are home to some 25,000 British people; many hundreds of thousands of your residents visit the UK every year and many tens of thousands of your students study at British universities. There is a thriving exchange of culture, science and sport between the UK and this dynamic and thriving Bundesland. In short, what began 70 years ago as a relationship of necessity between an occupying power and a region in ruin, is today a partnership of genuine friendship and of massive mutual benefit.
Following the parade a reception was held where Prince William met members of 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade and their families. In the evening, the Prince then attended a state 70th anniversary gala celebrating the history of the NRW state alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel and NRW Minister President Kraft.
Source: Gov. UK
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North Rhine-Westphalia on Wikipedia
North Rhine-Westphalia (German: Nordrhein-Westfalen)[ˈnɔʁtʁaɪ̯n vɛstˈfaːlən] ( listen), commonly shortenedNRW) is the most populous state of Germany, with a population of approximately 18 million, and the fourth largest by area. Its capital is Düsseldorf; the biggest city isCologne. Four of Germany’s ten biggest cities—Cologne,Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen—are located within the state, as well as the biggest metropolitan area of the European continent, Rhine-Ruhr.
North Rhine-Westphalia was formed in 1946 as a merger of the northern Rhineland and Westphalia, both formerly parts of Prussia. The state has been run by a coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens since 2010.
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Read more on : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Rhine-Westphalia