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Prince Charles’s Visit to The Middle East: Monday in Kuwait

The Prince of Wales departed Jordan from Marka Military Airport on Monday morning for the short trip to Kuwait.

On his arrival at the Amiri Terminal at Safat Airport, H.M Ambassador Matthew Lodge greeted Prince Charles and presented Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf.

Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf, meets Prince Charles at the Amiri Terminal, Safat Airport. Photo Credit: Rebecca English  @RE_DailyMail.

Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf, meets Prince Charles at the Amiri Terminal, Safat Airport. Photo Credit: Rebecca English @RE_DailyMail.

A welcome ceremony took place before Charles departed for Bayan Palace in the capital Kuwait City.

Arriving at the palace, Charles was escorted along a large marble covered hall lit by a massive glittering chandelier to a room where Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah welcomed him to his country.

The two spoke via an interpreter and the Emir enquired about the health of The Queen. Prince Charles responded that she was in “remarkable form, thank you very much, and my father too”.

Charles noted: “I was telling the Crown Prince he will be 94 in June, Insha’Allah (God willing)”.

This is the seventh official visit Charles has made to Kuwait. His first official visit took place in 1989. He last visited the country in 2011.

The second engagement had Charles attend a bilateral meeting with His Highness The Emir of Kuwait, followed by lunch.

Prince Charles met The Emir of Kuwait in 2012 during a state visit to the UK.

A third and final engagement in Kuwait had The Prince of Wales, Admiral of the Fleet attend a reception and take part in a sunset ceremony on H.M.S. DAUNTLESS.

Upon his arrival Monday evening, Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Matthew Lodge, welcomed Charles and presented his Defence Attaché, Colonel David Pardy. The Ambassador and the Defence Attaché then escorted Charles along the quayside to the H.M.S. DAUNTLESS.

On board the ship, Charles met The First Sea Lord who presented the Commanding Officer. The Prince went on to attend a reception. At the end of the reception, a sunset ceremony took place, after which Charles departed.

Prince Charles wearing his tropical whites on the HMS Dauntless this evening. Photo credit: Rebecca Englsih @RE_DailyMail.

Prince Charles wearing his tropical whites on the HMS Dauntless this evening. Photo credit: Rebecca Englsih @RE_DailyMail.

Based in Portsmouth, H.M.S. Dauntless is the second ship of the Type 45 Daring-class Air Defence Destroyer.

The HMS Dauntless left Portsmouth on New Year’s Day for a routine deployment to the Gulf for a maritime security mission. It will keep up a continuous presence in the region preventing piracy and keeping sea lanes open for free and safe passage of merchant vessels.

On Tuesday, The Prince of Wales will travel to Saudi Arabia, where he will stay for two days. Since 1986, Charles has made 11 official visits to the country. He will meet senior members of the Royal Family.

The return to the region, just one year after Charles’s last tour, displays the significance Her Majesty’s Government places on its alliance with key partners in the area. These associations strengthen the long-standing relationship which exists among the Royal Family and the ruling families in the Gulf.

Photo Credit: Rebecca English/ Daily Mail @RE_DailyMail

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