Prince William touches down in the Middle East ahead of ‘historic’ royal tour

The Duke of Cambridge landed in Kuwait on Sunday ahead of a royal tour of the region. It is to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the signing of a friendship treaty between Britain and Kuwait. An extensive cultural experience is in the line up for the royal.

He will chat with young leaders, entrepreneurs and university students.

Kensington Palace said Prince William will learn about organisations working to educate and empower young people.

William will also get a firsthand account of projects giving them chances too develop life skills such as leadership and resilience.

Royal officials said his four-day programme “will pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Kuwait and Oman”.

It will also “highlight strong links and cooperation in many areas, including environment, and defence”.

They added: “From the modern capitals of Kuwait City and Muscat, to the vast Kuwaiti deserts and stunning wadis in the Omani mountains, the visit will take in both countries’ unique cultures, their beautiful landscapes, and diverse communities.”

The palace added that the visit, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will include learning about the UK’s current links with both countries from a defence perspective.

A highlight of the Duke of Cambridge’s four-day trip will be camping in the desert.

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Prince William will join Kuwaiti and UK troops on a “Desert Warrior” exercise.

He will also experience the Kuwaitis’ traditional desert lifestyle during his first official visit to the Middle East state.

The royal’s tour also involves spending time in Musandam, Oman, to find out more about the Royal Navy of Oman.

He will learn about their responsibilities monitoring traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz.


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The tour will officially kick off on Monday.

It will renew and strengthen ties between Britain and Kuwait, and the monarchy’s personal bonds with the Gulf state’s ruling Al Sabah family.

William will also visit Kuwait City’s wetlands to discover more about the country’s ambitious plans to protect its natural environment.

The Duke is scheduled to have lunch at Bayan Palace with the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Later, at a major cultural centre, Prince William will chat with young Kuwaitis and accompany the primary school children as they explore a number of the attractions interactive zones.

Upon landing in Kuwait on Sunday evening, William was greeted by Britain’s Ambassador to the UK Michael Davenport.

Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir’s court, also welcomed Prince William.

He strolled alongside the Prince into a nearby private terminal for the ruling family, past a guard of honour.

His deputy, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah, who will host the desert experience for Prince William, also met the royal.

The group sat down for a brief welcome chat, where they were served Middle East tea and soft drinks.

The oil-rich state of Kuwait is in a strategically important position nestling between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and with Iran nearby across the Persian Gulf.

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