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70th Birthday of NRW

23. August 2016

Happy birthday, Nordrhein-Westfalen!

Feierlicher Festakt zum 70. Landesgeburtstag in Düsseldorf

Mit dem offiziellen Festakt hat Nordrhein-Westfalen die Gründung des Landes vor genau 70 Jahren gefeiert. Mehr als 1.300 Gäste waren auf Einladung von Ministerpräsidentin Hannelore Kraft und Landtagspräsidentin Carina Gödecke zum runden Geburtstag des größten Bundeslandes in der Düsseldorf Tonhalle zusammengekommen. Besondere Gratulanten an diesem Abend waren Seine Königliche Hoheit Prinz William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert und Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel. Die Feierstunde ist einer der Höhepunkte des 70. Landesgeburtstags.

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Duke of Cambridge attends 70 year anniversary celebrations of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Duke of Cambridge visited Düsseldorf on Tuesday 23rd August to attend a series of events honouring the role of the British Forces in Germany, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). During the visit, His Royal Highness saw a military parade with NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft, met BFG personnel at a reception, and attend a 70th anniversary gala alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel. The events of the 23rd August in Düsseldorf will celebrate both the historic and current ties between NRW and Britain. To commemorate Britain's military contribution, The Duke will see NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft present the Fahnenband, the Federal state's highest military honour, to 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade, in acknowledgment of their service to the defence of Germany. Following the parade, His Royal Highness will attend a reception in Düsseldorf's NRW Forum, where he'll meet members of the Brigade and their families. The soldiers on Parade forming the Honour Guard are from the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment based in Barker Barracks Paderborn. The Pennant Party comprises two Officers and two SNCOs from Headquarters 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade. The musical accompaniment is being provided by the Band of the Grenadier Guards. Photographer; Mr Dominic King Army Press Office Germany Info; NRW was established on 23rd August 1946 by the British Military Government, following the end of the Second World War, “Operation Marriage” merged the regions of North Rhine and Westphalia together. For almost 70 years, a large British military presence has remained in the region – known as British Forces Germany – playing a vital role during the Cold War and in the reconstruction of its area of occupation. The strong links between NRW and Britain remain today, with approximately 27,000 British citizens living in the state, and 345 British firms basing their companies here. The end of Second Worl

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) was established on 23 August 1946 by the British Military Government following the end of the Second World War. For almost 70 years a large British military presence has remained in the region carrying out a crucial role during the Cold War and in the reconstruction of the area.

At its peak the British component based in Germany numbered almost 200,000 people. The strong links between NRW and Britain remain today, with approximately 27,000 British citizens living in the state, and 1,400 British firms basing their companies there, including BP and Vodafone.

The Duke of Cambridge visited Düsseldorf on Tuesday 23rd August to attend a series of events honouring the role of the British Forces in Germany, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). During the visit, His Royal Highness saw a military parade with NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft, met BFG personnel at a reception, and attend a 70th anniversary gala alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel. The events of the 23rd August in Düsseldorf will celebrate both the historic and current ties between NRW and Britain. To commemorate Britain's military contribution, The Duke will see NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft present the Fahnenband, the Federal state's highest military honour, to 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade, in acknowledgment of their service to the defence of Germany. Following the parade, His Royal Highness will attend a reception in Düsseldorf's NRW Forum, where he'll meet members of the Brigade and their families. The soldiers on Parade forming the Honour Guard are from the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment based in Barker Barracks Paderborn. The Pennant Party comprises two Officers and two SNCOs from Headquarters 20 Armoured Infantry Brigade. The musical accompaniment is being provided by the Band of the Grenadier Guards. Photographer; Mr Dominic King Army Press Office Germany Info; NRW was established on 23rd August 1946 by the British Military Government, following the end of the Second World War, “Operation Marriage” merged the regions of North Rhine and Westphalia together. For almost 70 years, a large British military presence has remained in the region – known as British Forces Germany – playing a vital role during the Cold War and in the reconstruction of its area of occupation. The strong links between NRW and Britain remain today, with approximately 27,000 British citizens living in the state, and 345 British firms basing their companies here. The end of Second Worl

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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Prinz William in NRW

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North Rhine-Westphalia on Wikipedia

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North Rhine-Westphalia (German: Nordrhein-Westfalen)[ˈnɔʁtʁaɪ̯n vɛstˈfaːlən], 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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