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Brexit won't hit German friendship, claims Prince William

By Harriet Line

Published 24/08/2016

Prince William is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dusseldorf yesterday. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince William is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dusseldorf yesterday. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince William meets well-wishers. Photo: Mathis Wienand/Getty Images
Prince William meets well-wishers. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The Duke of Cambridge has claimed that the "depth" of Britain's friendship with Germany will not change after Brexit.

William, who was speaking at a gala in Dusseldorf alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, said that the relationship with the region and country would not weaken.

"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.

"This partnership will continue despite Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union. The depth of our friendship with Germany and with North Rhine-Westphalia will not change."

William was visiting the German city to mark the anniversary of the making of the state which was created by the British military government in 1946 after the Second World War.

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