Royalty visit German Historical Museum

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah continued their working visit to Germany with a tour of the German Historical Museum, RTB reported.

The German Historical Museum was founded as a limited liability company by the West German government and the state of West Berlin in 1987.

The museum contains artefacts and documents of German history from the ninth century. The permanent exhibition was opened on June 3, 2006.

More than 8,000 historical objects are on display, which testify to political events and struggles as well as the country's social, economic and intellectual development.

Spread across two floors of the building with illustrative multi-media stations and special pedagogical opportunities, it presents an enthralling and intellectually enriching tour of German history in its greater European context from the beginning of its common era into the present.

The museum also displays past World Cups as seen through the lens of sports photographers. The photographs highlight events from the past 17 World Cup tournaments.

The museum also displays photographs of 100 young men and women who represent Germany's new generation of thinkers and doers. At the end of the visit, His Royal Highness signed the visitors' book.

Their Royal Highnesses later proceeded to Potsdam. Potsdam is the Brandenburg State Capital and former centre of Prussia with its castles and gardens, which are part of UNESCO's world cultural heritage.

In Potsdam, Their Royal Highnesses toured Cecilienhof - the last palace built in the Hohenzollern Dynasty. It was built from 1914 to 1917 for Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife, Cecile von Mecklenburg-Shwerin.

The historic conference known as the Potsdam Conference took place in Cecilienhof from July 28 to August 2, 1945 at the end of World War Two.

During the conference, former world leaders, US President Harry S. Truman, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill discussed the post-war political landscape of Germany and Europe, which had an impact on the world historical development.

Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses were HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik and Prince Abdul Qawi. - Borneo Bulletin (14th June 2006)