Prince William is going to meet Angela Merkel for the first time ever


The Duke of Cambridge will meet Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time at a gala in Germany tonight.

William, who is visiting Dusseldorf for a series of events honouring the role of British armed forces based in Germany, is set to attend a ceremony with the German stateswoman on Tuesday evening.

The gala will mark the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia - which was created by the British military government in 1946 after the Second World War.

Prince William
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"Operation Marriage" merged the regions of North Rhine, part of the largely Catholic Rhineland, and the predominantly Protestant Westphalia. A close link between Britain and the North Rhine-Westphalia state has endured since, partially thanks to the continued military presence.

William is expected to deliver a speech during a ceremony in the city's Tonhalle, where the history of the North Rhine-Westphalia state will be celebrated with musical performances and short films.

Merkel, who will have just returned from a post-Brexit meeting to relaunch the EU project with Italian premier Matteo Renzi and French president Francois Hollande, will also speak at the gala.

Francois Hollande, Matteo Renzi and Angela Merkel
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Prior to the gala, William will watch a British Forces Germany (BFG) military parade with the region's minister, President Hannelore Kraft, and meet BFG personnel at a reception.

He will see the 20th Armoured Brigade receive the Fahnenband - the federal state's highest military honour - in recognition of their service to the defence of Germany.

William will then meet servicemen and women and their families at Dusseldorf's NRW Forum.