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British Embassy: Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex to pay visit to Romania


Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex will pay a visit to Romania over June 24-26, according to an announcement made by the British Embassy in Bucharest in a press release on Wednesday.

‘The official programme shows that Their Royal Highnesses will participate in a series of events celebrating the 75th anniversary since the establishment of the British Council in Romania. This occasion marks the first official visit of Their Royal Highnesses in Romania', shows the abovementioned release.

The British Council opened the centre in Romania as early as in 1938, Romania being among the first countries enjoying the presence of such a centre, alongside Egypt, Portugal and Poland.

Before 1989, the British Council operated as a cultural section of the British Embassy, with headquarters in a small courtyard annex belonging to the Embassy and only four employees; two Englishmen and two Romanians.

Due to the enormous request of British expertise and information about the Great Britain following the fall of the communist regime in Romania, in 1990 the British Council has gained its own identity and established its headquarters in a building downtown Bucharest.

Beginning with 1990 there were established partnerships with local institutions, with the Council activating now regionally in Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara.