• Germany's news in English
Prince William to visit Düsseldorf in August
It is not yet known whether Prince William will be joined by his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, and their children George and Charlotte. Photo: DPA

Prince William to visit Düsseldorf in August

The Local · 9 Aug 2016, 17:16

Published: 09 Aug 2016 17:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Aug 2016 17:16 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Prince William is set to land in the North Rhine-Westphalia on August 23rd with a packed programme of events in tow.

Prince William will first honour the British 20th Armoured Brigade, stationed with the nearby Westfalen Garrison, meeting with soldiers and their families at a reception in the Düsseldorf NRW-Forum.

Later he will briefly meet Chancellor Angela Merkel before attending a ceremony celebrating 70 years since the state of North Rhine-Westphalia was established.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia was founded by the British military on August 23rd 1946 while Allied forces occupied Germany in the wake of the Second World War.

The British military presence has remained strong in the region between then and now, having acted in both the Cold War and the reconstruction of the British Occupied Territory in Germany.

Britain and North Rhine-Westphalia still have very close ties. Not only do about 27,000 British citizens live in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but also 1,400 British businesses, including BP and Vodafone, have established themselves there.

Excitement about the visit

This will be the Prince’s second official visit to Germany, after he attended the FIFA World Cup here in 2006.

“I am very glad that His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge is going to come to Düsseldorf," said British Ambassador to Germany Sir Sebastian Wood in a statement.

“We are celebrating... not only the historical connection, but also the current relationship between Germany and England... as partners on the international stage," Wood added.

Prince William has long been popular with royal family fans in Germany: 16 Cinemaxx cinemas broadcasted his royal wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

Story continues below…

And his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, drew large crowds of enamoured Germans who followed her on her tour of Berlin last summer.

By Verity Middleton

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Munich to get 'nice toilets' to serve cross-legged locals
Photo: DPA

The Bavarian capital has a pee problem - the city only has one public toilet for every 13,000 inhabitants. But a new plan could rescue desperate locals, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

German kids get glowing report for their English skills
Photo: DPA.

As if multilingual Germans don't already put many English-speakers to shame, now the younger generation is improving their English skills even more.

Berlin museum controversially recreates Hitler bunker
The reconstruction of the Hitler bunker. Photo: DPA

Sensationalized or compelling history? Berlin museums clash over new Nazi bunker exhibit

Germans think they're fit, but they're really couch potatoes
Photo: DPA.

There's been an increase in the number of Germans who define themselves as "fit", but their lifestyle choices don't quite match this self-perception.

10 fascinating facts you never knew about German beer
Tennis coach Boris Becker and his wife Lilly at Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich. Photo: DPA

From malt and monks to Radlers and rivalries, the story of German beer is as rich and wonderful as its selection.

Intensive farming 'endangers a third of German species'
Photo: DPA

There are 32,000 species of animal, plant and mushroom life native to Germany. Due to intensive farming methods, one in every three of these is endangered, a new report shows.

German hospital uses therapy to 'treat' paedophiles
A poster from the campaigne "Don't offend", which offers therapy to paedophiles. The sign reads "Do you love kids more than you'd prefer? There's help." Photo: DB Scholz & Friends / DPA.

A unique German initiative is offering therapy to paedophiles to control their urges, with the aim of getting them help before they offend.

Minister: 'no tolerance' for clowns after chainsaw attack
Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for a zero-tolerance approach to 'killer clowns' after a series of attacks culminating in two teenagers being chased by a clown wielding a chainsaw.

Baby who was auctioned on eBay taken away from father
Photo: DPA.

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who put his one-month-old baby up for sale on the online auction platform eBay should only be allowed contact with the child under supervision.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister 'pyromaniac'
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photo: DPA.

The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble a "pyromaniac" on Thursday after he criticized Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd