On Thursday, the 27th of August, the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and the prime minister of North Rhine Westphalia Hannelore Kraft visited Münster in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps. On top of this the partnership between the Corps and the City of Münster turned 10 years by now: A good opportunity to combine and to celebrate both events with exalted guests and in a solemn atmosphere.
In a ceremonial act with 250 guests of honour the highest ranking guests were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of the City of Münster, Markus Lewe and the Commander of the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps, Volker R. Halbauer. After that the King signed in the visitors’ book of the City of Münster in the historic city hall. Furthermore the King took a sip out of the Golden Cockerel, which is traditionally a privilege for high-ranking guests of the city.
Together with soldiers of the Corps and people of Münster, the celebrations continued at the Prinzipalmarkt, within the context of a military parade. After inspecting the troops alongside of the Commander, Mrs. Netherlands distance calculator Kraft handed over a battle streamer, namely a ribbon of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to the Commander of the Corps. This gift is traditionally intended for adding it to the flag of a unit, which has proven a close and friendly relationship to the federal state and its population.
The celebrations were opened by Lieutenant General Halbayer into the Corps’ Bivouac at the courtyard of the Corps’ Headquarters at Schlossplatz later that day.