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Prince Charles starts Middle East tour

Today, The Prince of Wales will fly to the Middle East for a short four day tour. This trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia comes just under a year since he was last seen visiting the two countries.


The Prince has a long list of engagements that he will conduct whilst on his visit, including a visit to an old Saudi Arabian city. In the Qatari capital, Doha, he will visit the country’s leading museum.

The heir to the throne will be welcomed in Riyadh by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, chairman of the National Guard when he arrives in Saudi Arabia later today.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins said:

“Our two Kingdoms share a long friendship, going back to the foundation of the modern Saudi state. Continuity of personal relationships, essential if we are to understand each other better, have been central to this. His Royal Highness’s second visit to the Kingdom in my time here as Ambassador exemplifies our wish to engage at the most senior levels and our determination to sustain the personal touch.”

This will be Charles’ tenth official visit to Saudi Arabia since he first visited the country in 1986. There are close connections between the British royal family and the Arab Royal Family.

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar, Nick Hopton said:

“I am delighted that HRH The Prince of Wales is to visit Qatar again. This is an opportunity to showcase the strong ties between the UK and Qatar, which we value greatly. The personal relationship between His Royal Highness and His Highness The Emir is both a symbol of this friendship between nations and important to the work we do together as the British and Qatari peoples to tackle the challenges facing us in the region and globally.”

His Royal Highness has previously visited Qatar in 1986, 1997, 2007 and 2013.

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