Hessian Order of Merit
The Hessian Order of Merit is a civil order of merit, and the highest award of the German State of Hesse. The order was established 1 December 1989, the order is presented by the Minister-President of Hesse based on nominations from citizens, though self-nominations are not permitted. The order honours men and women for outstanding contributions to Hesse, the order is presented in two classes, the first class being worn around the neck, and the second class being worn suspended from a ribbon on the chest. The number of living recipients is limited to 2,000 for the class and 800 for the first class. The badge of the order is a gold rimmed white enamel cross, the center medallion is red with a gold rim. Upon the medallion is a lion as depicted on the Coat of arms of Hesse, between the arms of the cross are the gold rays of an eight pointed star. The cross is worn on a ribbon around his neck in the first class. Women wear the cross of the Order on a bow of ribbon below the left shoulder, christine Brückner Michael Herrmann Luc Jochimsen Steffi Jones
Dr. Gerhard Paul Julius Thiele is a German physicist and a former ESA astronaut. Born in Heidenheim an der Brenz, he attended the Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium in Ludwigsburg, after school he volunteered for the German Navy, serving as Operations/Weapons Officer aboard fast patrol boats. In 1976 he began to study physics at the University of Munich and he received his doctorate in Heidelberg in 1985 in Environmental Physics. From 1986 to 1987 he was a postdoc at Princeton University, in 1988 he was selected for the German astronaut team and began basic training at the DLR. In 1990 he was selected as a crew member for the German spacelab mission D-2. During the mission, which part in April 1993, he worked in the Payload Operations Control Center of DLR at Oberpfaffenhofen as the alternate payload specialist. In 1996, he was selected by the German Space Agency to receive Space Shuttle Mission Specialist training at NASA, in August 1998, he joined the European Space Agency, into which the German national team was integrated.
In 2000, he completed his only spaceflight, the STS-99 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, during 2003 and 2004, he trained in Russia as the backup for André Kuipers on the Soyuz TMA-4 mission. He retired from the European Astronaut Corps in October 2005, as from 1 April 2010 he became Resident Fellow with the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna, Austria. Gerhard Thiele has been appointed as the head of ESAs Human Spaceflight and Operations Strategic Planning, ESA profile page NASA biography Spacefacts biography of Gerhard Thiele
Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony
The Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony is a civil order of merit, and the highest award of the German state of Saxony. First presented in 1997, it is awarded by the Minister-President of Saxony, the order is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the people and state of Saxony. The award is limited to a total of 500 living recipients, as of November 2012 it has been awarded 243 times. Kurt Biedenkopf Reiner Kunze Adolf Merckle Georg Milbradt Stanislaw Tillich Erwin Teufel Udo Zimmermann Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Saarland Order of Merit
The Saarland Order of Merit is the highest award of the German State of Saarland. Established on 10 December 1974, the order is presented in recognition for outstanding service to Saarland by the Minister-President of Saarland, awarded in a single class, in the form of an Officers Cross, the insignia of the order is a blue enameled four-armed eight pointed Maltese cross. In the center of the cross is a medallion bearing the wreathed Coat of arms of Saarland. Dieter Thomas Heck Jean-Claude Juncker Der Saarländische Verdienstorden Sechs Persönlichkeiten mit dem Saarländischen Verdienstorden ausgezeichnet
Queen Silvia of Sweden
Queen Silvia of Sweden is the spouse of King Carl XVI Gustaf and mother of the heir apparent to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria. In 2011, Silvia became the longest serving queen of Sweden, Silvia Renate Sommerlath was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 23 December 1943, the only daughter of the late Alice and Walther Sommerlath. Her father was German and her mother was Brazilian and she has two older brothers and Walther Sommerlath. They and their families were guests at the 2010 wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling and her third brother, Jörg Sommerlath, died in 2006. The Mother-Child House Jörg Sommerlath in Berlin, operated by Queen Silvias World Childhood Foundation, is named after him, the family returned to West Germany in 1957. She briefly worked as a flight attendant, a trained interpreter, Swedish is actually her sixth language. She speaks her native German, her mothers language of Portuguese, as well as French and she has some fluency in Swedish Sign Language, a national sign language used by the deaf community in Sweden.
During the 1972 Summer Olympics, Silvia Sommerlath met Crown Prince Carl Gustaf, in a interview, the King explained how it just clicked when they met. After the death of King Gustaf VI Adolf on 15 September 1973 and he and Silvia announced their engagement on 12 March 1976 and were married three months later, on 19 June in Stockholm Cathedral in Stockholm. It was the first marriage of a reigning Swedish monarch since 1797, If he had married Silvia during the reign of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, he would have lost his position as heir-apparent to the Swedish throne. This was due to the inflexibility of his grandfather, who believed that royalty must marry royalty and this was the reason why Carl Gustafs uncle, Prince Bertil, did not marry until after Gustaf VI Adolfs death. The King and Queen of Sweden have three children and five grandchildren, Crown Princess Victoria, Duchess of Västergötland. She is married to Daniel Westling, and they have a daughter and he is married to Sofia Hellqvist, and they have a son, Prince Alexander, Duke of Södermanland Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.
As the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet noted in 1994, on the occasion of the Queens 50th birthday and you could put it that way. Even if Silvias arrival was like kicking someone lying down, or hitting a guy with glasses. The guy with glasses was mostly to be found with the Social Democrats, a few lines in the party manifesto, ever more vague over the years. It has always been there, but nobody has ever done anything to implement it, as she told the Swedish news agency TT, If a person is hurt too much, the natural reaction is to withdraw. That is a pity, because I really think our children are natural and open toward other people
Order of Merit of Berlin
The Order of Merit of Berlin is this highest award of the German State of Berlin. Awarded in the name of the Senate of Berlin, the order had recognized outstanding contributions to the State of Berlin since 21 July 1987, awarded each year on 1 October, the anniversary of the Berlin Constitution, the order is limited to no more than 400 living recipients. As of 2014 the order had been awarded 409 times, to 144 women and 265 men, the Order of Merit of Berlin is awarded in a single class. The badge of the order is a white enamel Maltese cross edged in red, in the center of the cross is a depiction of the golden crowned Coat of arms of Berlin surrounded by a gold wreath. It is worn around the neck on a ribbon with red edges. Yates, Jr. Heinz Dürr List of Holders of the Order of Merit of Berlin
Sami Khedira is a German footballer who plays for Juventus and the German national team as a central midfielder. He began his career at VfB Stuttgart, winning the Bundesliga in 2007, in his five seasons in Spain, he won seven domestic and international trophies, including the UEFA Champions League in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Italian side Juventus on a free transfer, a full international for Germany since 2009, Khedira has earned over 50 caps for the national team. He was part of their squads which reached the semi-finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Football Championships, before joining the youth team of VfB Stuttgart in 1995, he played at TV Oeffingen. In the first months of the 2006–07 season, he was called up into VfBs Bundesliga squad by manager Armin Veh and his debut followed on 1 October 2006 against Hertha BSC, replacing Antônio da Silva at the end of the 2–2 away draw. He scored his first two goals on 29 October in the 3–0 win against Schalke 04 at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, on 29 January 2007 he signed his first professional contract at VfB, valid until June 2009.
In the last game of the season on 19 May, Khedira scored the winner as Die Schwaben came from behind to defeat Energie Cottbus 2–1, on 9 July 2008, he extended his contract until the summer of 2011. In the ensuing season, he scored a career-best 7 league goals in 27 games, on 30 July 2010, Khedira moved to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2015. Khedira made his debut on 13 August in a match against FC Bayern Munich. His league debut came sixteen days later, in a 0–0 away draw against Mallorca and he made 40 appearances across his first season in Spain and won his first club honour on 20 April 2011 as his team won the Copa del Rey final against El Clásico rivals FC Barcelona. He scored his first competitive goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League and he scored his first Copa del Rey goal against Málaga CF in a 3–2 home win when Real Madrid were trailing behind 0–2, and his first league goal against RCD Espanyol in a 5–0 home win. On 9 June 2015, Italian side Juventus announced that Khedira had signed a deal on a free transfer.
The move was completed on 1 July, at the start of the 2015–16 season, two days Juventus confirmed that it was actually a muscle tear in his right thigh, and that he would be sidelined for approximately two months. He was called back to action on 30 September as he started in a Champions League group stage match in a 2–0 win over Sevilla. On 4 October, Khedira made his Serie A debut and scoring the goal of a 3–1 home win against Bologna in the 63rd minute. On 20 March 2016, Khedira scored his goal of the league season in a 4–1 win at Torino in the Derby della Mole. On 20 August, Khedira opened the 2016–17 Serie A season with a goal in a 2–1 home win over Fiorentina, a week he scored the only goal in a 1–0 away win over Lazio in the league. Khedira has appeared 30 times in several German youth national teams, he captained the side during the European Under-21 Championship 2009, Khedira made his debut for the senior national squad on 5 September 2009 in a friendly match against South Africa