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Earl and Countess of Wessex on their first official visit to Romania

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will be in Romania Monday and Tuesday to attend a string of events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the British Council in Romania, the British Embassy in Bucharest said in a release.

This is the first official visit Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex are paying to Romania.

The British Council came to Romania as early as 1938, this being one of the first four countries in the world where the British Council set up an overseas office, along with Egypt, Portugal and Poland.

Before 1989, the British Council formed the Cultural Section of the British Embassy, operating from a small outbuilding in the Embassy's back garden and only had four staff: two British and two Romanian.

Because of the enormous demand for UK information and expertise that followed the opening of Romania after the fall of communism, in 1990 the British Council established a separate presence here, settling in a building in downtown Bucharest. The British Council has since established partnerships with institutions and developed its regional activity in the cities of Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara.

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