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William to pay official visit to Kuwait and Oman

The Duke of Cambridge will carry out the short trip in December.

The Duke of Cambridge is to visit Kuwait and Oman (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge is to visit Kuwait and Oman (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

The Duke of Cambridge is to make a solo visit to Kuwait and Oman, Kensington Palace has announced.

William, second in line to throne, will undertake the trip at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The four-day visit will take place between Sunday December 1 and Wednesday December 4.

Kensington Palace said further details would be announced in due course.

The announcement comes not long after the Cambridges returned from their successful official visit to Pakistan.

Michael Davenport, the British ambassador to Kuwait, tweeted that the embassy was “looking forward with excitement to welcoming him in Kuwait in December.”

It will be the duke’s first official visit to both countries, Kensington Palace said.

Royal tours to the Middle East to strengthen the UK’s partnership in the region have traditionally been carried out by the Prince of Wales in recent years.

The Prince of Wales takes part in a ceremonial sword dance during a cultural welcome to Muscat, the capital of Oman (John Stillwell/PA)

The close personal relationship between the two monarchies of the UK and Oman stretches back many decades.

In 2018, William, a future king, was tasked with making the first official visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories by a member of the monarchy on behalf of the Government.

The trip was a major milestone for William and test of his diplomacy skills amid tensions in the region.



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