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Duke of Cambridge offers condolences after death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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Duke of Cambridge offers condolences after death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The Duke of Cambridge has travelled to the United Arab Emirates to deliver condolences on behalf of the Queen and the Royal Family after the death of the country’s ruler. 

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan died on Friday at the age of 73 after years presiding over the country’s rapid transformation into a global business hub and regional power centre.

Prince William paid his respects to the federation’s new president and ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi today. 

William, 39, flew in overnight to carry out the duties on behalf of the Queen – a sign of the Duke’s increasing responsibilities within the Royal Family. 

The royal joined presidents and prime ministers from around the world, including Spanish monarch King Felipe VI, as they descend on the UAE to pay their respects. 

The Duke of Cambridge has travelled to the United Arab Emirates to deliver condolences on behalf of the Queen and the Royal Family after the death of the country’s ruler

The royal joined presidents and prime ministers from around the world, including Spanish monarch King Felipe VI, as they descend on the UAE to pay their respects

The royal joined presidents and prime ministers from around the world, including Spanish monarch King Felipe VI, as they descend on the UAE to pay their respects

Prince William paid his respects at Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi today. He is pictured shaking hands with Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed, the Ruler's Representative of the Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Prince William paid his respects at Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi today. He is pictured shaking hands with Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed, the Ruler’s Representative of the Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Prince William paid his respects after the death of UAE's President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan at Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi

Prince William paid his respects after the death of UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan at Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also travelled to the UAE on Sunday to offer condolences, along with other leaders including Israel’s president after the two countries opened formal relations in 2020.

As crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed has served as the nation’s de facto leader since Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke in 2014.

The leader helped turn the UAE – which has a population of 10 million – into an influential state. 

The Duke of Cambridge as he offered condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Mushrif Palace

The Duke of Cambridge as he offered condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Mushrif Palace

The future king appeared deep in conversation as he offered condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The future king appeared deep in conversation as he offered condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Australia's Governor-General David Hurley (right) was among the dignitaries who offered their condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley (right) was among the dignitaries who offered their condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

The royal joined presidents and prime ministers from around the world as they descend on the United Arab Emirates to pay their respects

The royal joined presidents and prime ministers from around the world as they descend on the United Arab Emirates to pay their respects

William at Mushrif Palace offering condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

William at Mushrif Palace offering condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Prince William’s visit to the country comes after news that the Duke laid out his kingship ‘blueprint’ following a bruising end to his tour of the Caribbean.

The Duke reportedly wants to modernise the monarchy by ending its long-standing ‘never complain, never explain’ policy.

He is said to ‘respect’ the approach favoured by his father and grandmother but believes the monarchy should be ‘agile’ to survive and thrive.

His plans came after his latest royal tour, after which he released an unprecedented statement suggesting  a significant number of countries could break their ties with the monarchy and that he might not lead the Commonwealth.

William offers condolences to Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation at Mushrif Palace

William offers condolences to Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation at Mushrif Palace

King of Spain visited Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi today where he met General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan

King of Spain visited Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi today where he met General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Insiders said William had considered putting together such a statement even before accusations were made that aspects of the tour with wife Kate were ‘tone deaf’ and smacked of ‘colonialism’.

After monitoring the reaction to the week-long trip, he sat down with top aides determined to say his piece.

Last week, the Duke supported his father Prince Charles as he stepped in for the Queen at the 11th hour to read the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament. 

The 96-year-old monarch was forced to watch the historic moment on TV at Windsor Castle due to ongoing mobility problems.

King Felipe VI of Spain meets Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (pictured left) to offer condolences to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

King Felipe VI of Spain meets Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (pictured left) to offer condolences to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Felipe, King of Spain offerers his condolences to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today

Felipe, King of Spain offerers his condolences to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today

The event was a highly symbolic and historic moment for the British monarchy where the Prince of Wales took on his closest role yet to that of king.

He had addressed the House of Lords after the monarch, 96, obeyed doctor’s orders to miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years.

Prince William, who will one day sit on the throne himself, arrived at his first ever State Opening of Parliament around five minutes before his father.

The two future kings were specifically given power to jointly act on Her Majesty’s behalf so that the ceremony could go ahead.

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