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Prince William begins historic five-day visit to Middle East

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge may have missed England's World Cup game as his historic tour of the Middle East began, but he was given some footballing gifts to remind him of home.

William was presented with a wooden shield decorated with the crest of his beloved Aston Villa during a visit to a technology lab in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The prince's five-day tour of the Middle East is his most high-profile foreign trip yet, and will also see him pay visits to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories - the first time a member of the monarchy has visited on behalf of the Government.

William was driven to the FabLab in a business park by Crown Prince Hussein, who wanted to showcase the work his foundation is doing to equip young people with technology skills.

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