Visiting Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, among a series of other events, Prince William let slip that he wished he has served in Germany.
Prior to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time, the Duke of Cambridge got out and about meeting British troops who are stationed in the country.
Watching the British Forces Germany (also known as the BFG) military parade Prince William also observed as the region’s minister, president Hannelore Kraft, presented the brigade with the federal state’s highest honour – the Fahneband.
The Duke then went on to meet members of the brigade and their families, including BFG deputy chief of staff Andy Thorne who has been stationed in Germany for 10 years.
Thorne happened to note that in talking about his life as a serviceman in Germany he said, “The quality of life over here is much better”, which the Duke thought was amazing.
“I never had the opportunity to serve in Germany,” is what Prince William said before adding that he “wished” he had done.
After the fanfare, William then met with Angela Merkel at a gala to mark the anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was created by the British military government in 1946 after World War II.
It’s the second time Prince William has visited Germany, the first being during the 2006 World Cup in his role as the president of the FA.
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