Prince William arrives in the Middle East for his four-day visit to Kuwait and Oman

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Prince William tonight arrived in the Middle East for a four-day visit to Kuwait and Oman which will honour the historic ties between Britain and the Gulf Nations. 

The Duke of Cambridge is making his first official visits to the two countries at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and arrived in Kuwait on Sunday night. 

Kensington Palace has said the duke is looking forward to the trip, adding: ‘Throughout the tour, the duke’s programme will pay tribute to the historic ties Britain shares with Kuwait and Oman, and will highlight strong links and cooperation in many areas, including education, the environment, and defence.

‘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 Duke of Cambridge is accompanied by Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir’s court after arriving in Kuwait on Sunday night. The prince is making his first official visits to the two countries at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Duke of Cambridge is accompanied by Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir’s court after arriving in Kuwait on Sunday night. The prince is making his first official visits to the two countries at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Duke of Cambridge is accompanied by Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, minister of the Amiri Diwan, the Amir’s court after arriving in Kuwait on Sunday night. The prince is making his first official visits to the two countries at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Duke of Cambridge shaking hands with Kuwaiti officials tonight ahead of his meeting tomorrow with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

The Duke of Cambridge shaking hands with Kuwaiti officials tonight ahead of his meeting tomorrow with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

The Duke of Cambridge shaking hands with Kuwaiti officials tonight ahead of his meeting tomorrow with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Kensington Palace said William will learn about organisations working to educate and empower young people, and projects providing opportunities for them to develop life skills like leadership and resilience (pictured: Prince William greeting Kuwaiti officials after arriving tonight)

Kensington Palace said William will learn about organisations working to educate and empower young people, and projects providing opportunities for them to develop life skills like leadership and resilience (pictured: Prince William greeting Kuwaiti officials after arriving tonight)

Kensington Palace said William will learn about organisations working to educate and empower young people, and projects providing opportunities for them to develop life skills like leadership and resilience (pictured: Prince William greeting Kuwaiti officials after arriving tonight)

Kensington Palace said William will learn about organisations working to educate and empower young people, and projects providing opportunities for them to develop life skills like leadership and resilience.

The tour has added significance as it falls during the 120th anniversary year of the signing of the 1899 Treaty of Friendship between Kuwait and the UK.

William’s visit to Kuwait begins in earnest on Monday when he will visit Kuwait City’s wetlands to discover more about the countries ambitious plans to protect its natural environment.

Prince William and Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah are trailed by other government officials and military personnel as they make their way towards a reception on Sunday night, the duke will have lunch and an audience with the Emir tomorrow

Prince William and Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah are trailed by other government officials and military personnel as they make their way towards a reception on Sunday night, the duke will have lunch and an audience with the Emir tomorrow

Prince William and Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah are trailed by other government officials and military personnel as they make their way towards a reception on Sunday night, the duke will have lunch and an audience with the Emir tomorrow

Prince William sits beside Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah after arriving on Sunday night. Tomorrow at a major cultural centre, William will meet young Kuwaitis and accompany primary school children as they explore a number of the attraction's interactive zones

Prince William sits beside Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah after arriving on Sunday night. Tomorrow at a major cultural centre, William will meet young Kuwaitis and accompany primary school children as they explore a number of the attraction's interactive zones

Prince William sits beside Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah after arriving on Sunday night. Tomorrow at a major cultural centre, William will meet young Kuwaitis and accompany primary school children as they explore a number of the attraction’s interactive zones

The Duke of Cambridge is flanked by Kuwaiti officials and military personnel after arriving in the Kuwaiti capital on Sunday night

The Duke of Cambridge is flanked by Kuwaiti officials and military personnel after arriving in the Kuwaiti capital on Sunday night

The Duke of Cambridge is flanked by Kuwaiti officials and military personnel after arriving in the Kuwaiti capital on Sunday night

The duke will have an audience with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, at his Bayan Palace and stay for lunch.

Later, at a major cultural centre, William will meet young Kuwaitis and accompany the primary school children as they explore a number of the attraction’s interactive zones.

The duke will end his day by joining young leaders, entrepreneurs and university students in the Kuwaiti desert in a tent to experience some of the country’s rural traditions.

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